Published November 28, 2021 12:33 AM IST Updated November 29, 2021 11:11 PM IST
The State of Israel opened its borders to vaccinated foreign tourists on November 1, after a period of more than one and a half years during which tourists were barred from entering the country. Now, just four weeks after reopening, Israel is once again slamming its borders shut to foreigners.
In response to the new Omicron variant, Israel’s Corona cabinet has decided to, once again, bar all entry by non-citizens. This new edict will be in effect for 14 days, beginning tomorrow night (between Sunday and Monday) at midnight.
It is presumed that foreigners who reside in Israel (visa holders) will also be included in the ban. Hence, foreign residents of Israel who find themselves abroad at this time should consider hastening their return to Israel. Similarly, foreign residents who were intending to travel abroad for Chanuka may wish to reconsider their plans. UPDATE: Student visa holders who are fully vaccinated/recovered will be allowed enter Israel at this time, as long as they are not travelling from Red countries. At this time, it is unknown if those in the air, en route to Israel at the time the ban takes effect will be permitted to enter Israel. UPDATE: Travelers who depart to Israel on November 28, will be allowed to enter Israel on November 29. Similarly, it is unclear if those holding Entry Permits will be allowed to travel to Israel once the ban takes effect. UPDATE: Entry permits issued prior to November 28 will not be honored.
At this time, an Exceptions Committee has been established for non-citizens in exceptional circumstances. The following categories are able to apply for a permit: medical emergencies, first degree relatives of the Chassan or Kallah for a wedding and grandparents for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Additionally, first degree relatives may enter Israel for a funeral. Apply for a permit here.
In a related development, all travelers entering the country, even if fully vaccinated by Israeli standards, will now be required to quarantine for three days upon landing. They will be allowed to exit quarantine after receiving a negative Covid result on the first and third day.
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