During the current, strict lockdown, passengers are prohibited from flying out of Israel on tickets purchased after September 26, unless they meet certain criteria, as delineated here.
As previously reported by Chaim V’Chessed, there has been considerable confusion as to whether this rule applies to foreign citizens. Additionally, even passengers whose tickets were purchased prior to September 26 have been hassled by airport guards regarding proof of their precise purchase date.
Chaim V’Chessed CEO Rabbi Paysach Freedman held extensive discussions Mr. Ofir Malka, Director General of the Transportation Ministry, leading to the publication of new, clearer rules regarding this issue, available here.
Significantly, the new rules state that someone returning to their place of permanent residence does not need special permission to fly, even if his ticket was purchased after September 25. Presumably, this should mean that most foreigners will be able to depart, regardless of purchase date of their tickets, assuming they have a permanent residence abroad.
However, Transportation Ministry officials have conceded that airport guards often have incorrect interpretations of the rules. They therefore suggest that passengers who meet this criteria should nevertheless apply online for special permission to leave the country, via this online form. In the field for REASON, simply write that you wish to return to place of permanent residence. You should be approved for travel within two business days. By having approval in hand, you will avoid any unwanted trouble upon entry to the airport.