The entry process to Israel continues to be fraught with difficulties.
The Interior Ministry has been allowing yeshivas to apply for entry permits for their students since May 21. Overall, this process is working well, with occasional complications. Chaim V’Chessed has been working closely with officials from the Interior Ministry, as well as Border Police to streamline this process.
At the same time, according to our government contacts, there are several groups of passengers (see here) who are permitted to enter Israel, without entry permits. However, while Israeli officials have clarified that these passengers are permitted to enter the country, numerous travelers abroad have been refused boarding by airlines. This has been due to a lack of clear guidelines, in English, as well as other misunderstandings of the rules.
In recent days, Chaim V’Chessed representatives have held productive talks with the Israel station managers of both United and Delta Airlines. Officials of both airlines concurred that there have been complications in this area, and welcomed our efforts to clear up the confusion. We have shared concise information with the airline representatives, which will hopefully be implemented by their counterparts abroad.
Passengers who still encounter difficulties should reach out to Chaim V’Chessed.
We take this opportunity to thank Delta and United officials for their assistance in this matter. Furthermore, we are deeply appreciative to these companies efforts to bring passengers to Israel during these challenging times.
UPDATE: Travelers on Wizz Air from London to Tel Aviv continue to experience difficulties in this matter. Despite the information in this post, which has been conveyed to us by the Israeli authorities, Wizz Air frequently denies boarding to minor children without entry permits, and others.