Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least October 18th

Update: Israel has updated their NOTAM (notice to airmen) extending restrictions on most foreign nationals through at least October 18th. Foreigners with first degree relatives...

[Update: Service Begins Next Month, Wide Open Award Space!] WOW! Goodbye Air Sinai? EgyptAir Applies To Fly 21 Weekly Flights Between Cairo And Tel...

Update: EgyptAir will begin flying between Cairo and Tel Aviv on A220s in full EgyptAir livery starting on October 3rd, spelling the end of...

Israel’s New Quarantine Avoidance Policies Leave Foreigners In The Dark Once Again

Israel's complicated new policy to avoid quarantine upon returning from abroad addresses all kinds of scenarios except one big one. What about foreign nationals? As...

Israel Will Add Most Of The World To Mandatory Quarantine List, Removes UK, South Africa, And More Countries From Red List; When Do You...

Israel continues to make rapid changes to their arrival rules. Last week they added the US and a number of other countries to their...

Israel Publishes List Of Orange And Red Countries; El Al Will Allow Free Changes With Waived Fare Difference

Starting for arrivals on Wednesday, August 11th, Israel will include the US and many other countries on their orange list.   Countries on the orange list...

[Update: Reportedly Pushed Off To Next Wednesday] Effective Friday, The US Will Be Added Back Onto Israel’s List Of High Risk Countries

Update: Israel's channel 13 reports that the changes have been pushed off from Friday to next Wednesday. https://twitter.com/newsisrael13/status/1422549873682010115 Israel's list of high risk countries will expand...

OUCH! Air France Flying Blue Hikes Mileage Rates To Tel Aviv By 30%-60% Without Warning

It's yet another reminder of why you should accumulate bank points over airline miles and never transfer bank points into miles until you're ready...

Hyatt Adds More SLH Hotels Bookable With Points, Including In Jerusalem!

Hyatt has added 20 new SLH hotels to their portfolio today. The list includes their first Jerusalem hotel since the old Hyatt Regency Jerusalem on...

Some People Are Getting Quick Approvals From Israel’s New Entry Application Form!

For the past few months Israel had a messy process to apply for permission to enter the country. You had to email your request...

Israel Cuts Quarantine Time To 7 Days, Still Closed To Tourism

Despite rising COVID cases due to the Delta variant, Israel's coronavirus cabinet has voted to decrease quarantine time from 10-14 days to just 7...

[Update: Confirmed!] Will El Al And Etihad Codeshare And Have Mileage Reciprocity?

Update, 7/1/21: El Al and Etihad have launched codeshare sales on each other's flights, which will further expand starting in August. Additionally the airlines confirm...

Hilton Will Bring LXR And Curio Brands To Israel!

Point hotels in Israel never seem to last long, but Hilton continues to bring their A game to the holy land. They currently manage the...

Israel Won’t Reopen To Tourists In July, When Do You Think Israel Will Reopen?

Unfortunately, Israel has reportedly decided not to move forward with plans to reopen their borders to tourists on July 1st. The hope is to...

Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least July 26th

Update: The Israeli NOTAM banning foreign nationals from entry without special permission has been extended through at least July 26th. A line item has also...

Finally! Israel Plans On Reopening To Vaccinated Tourists On July 1st!

A few weeks ago I wrote that Israel was hoping to reopen in July. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri confirmed today that Israel is moving forward...

Israel Now Charging For COVID-19 PCRs For Travel, Ditches Outbound Health Forms; El Al Lounge Reopens

The ever changing rules when flying to or from Israel continue to change. COVID-19 PCRs are required before your flight to Israel and again...

Finally! Israel Will Reopen To Vaccinated Tour Groups In June And To Individual Tourists In July

COVID cases in Israel have dropped close to nil and the country is continuing its reopening process. As of June 1st nearly all restrictions will...

[Update: Roundup Of Cancelled American, Delta, And United Flights To Israel] After Rockets Fired By Terrorists From Gaza To Tel Aviv, Israel Closes Airspace,...

Update: Ben Gurion Airport has reopened, but US airlines are cancelling several flights to/from Israel, including: 5/11 United flight 140 from Chicago to Tel Aviv 5/11...

Israeli Consulate Of NY: Check The Status Of Your Application And Get Sent To The Back Of The Line!

Related posts: Reader Trip Report: Flying To Israel As A Foreign National Under A First Degree Relative Exemption Finally! Israel Begins Reopening With...

Israel Will Allow Student Visa Holders To Fly Nonstop From The US To Israel Without Needing An Entry Permit

Israel remains closed to most foreign nationals, but is slowly opening back up again. According to Chaim V'Chessed, starting tomorrow, student visa holders will be...

Delta Adding A 3rd Daily JFK-Tel Aviv Flight For September And October, Offering The Most Daily Seats Between The 2 Airports

Delta continues to grow in the increasingly competitive NYC-Tel Aviv market. This month they are flying 10 weekly flights between JFK and Tel Aviv on...

Reader Trip Report: Flying To Israel As A Foreign National Under A First Degree Relative Exemption

Note: DDF member thaber recently flew to Israel under the first degree relative exemption and offered to share this trip report for the benefit...

El Al Offering Free Tickets To First Degree Relatives Of Those Who Passed Away From The Tragedy In Meron

It's with a heavy heart and many tears that I've watched the gut-wrenching videos and pictures of the tragic crush in Meron that has...

[Update: Apostille No Longer Required] Finally! Israel Begins Reopening With Entry Allowed For Vaccinated Or Recovered Relatives And More!

Update, 4/21: DDF member Solma and Amudim report that Israel has dropped the onerous requirement for an Apostille certified documents for most applications. Going...

Israel To Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through Shavuos And Then Will Reopen For Vaccinated Organized Tour Groups

Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced that Israel will continue the next phase in its reopening process on May 23rd...

IHG Losing 4 Hotels In Israel; Roundup Of Remaining Point Hotels In Israel

The pandemic has been tough on the hospitality industry worldwide, but especially in Israel where most foreign nationals have been locked out of the...

Israel News: All Students Can Enter, Ben Gurion Railway Station Reopens, El Al To Fly Nonstop To Phuket!

Chaim V'Chessed reports that Israel is finally reopening to all students. That includes single students and new students who have been locked out of...

[Update: Returning Families With Kids Also Allowed To Return, Foreign Nationals Ban Extended] Israel Will Allow Returning Students To Enter The Country After Pesach,...

Update, 3/31: Chaim V'Chessed reports that returning families with kids who were not vaccinated or recovered will be allowed into Israel. Israel's latest NOTAM bans...

Iceland Is Now Open For Fully Vaccinated Travelers, When Will Israel Follow?

Iceland is now open to travelers that have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech (2 doses at least 19 days apart), Moderna (2 doses at...

Israeli Government Will Prepay For $210 Million Of El Al Tickets!

While airlines across the globe received truly massive bailouts with few strings attached, the Israeli government hasn't offered that kind of assistance to their...

United Closes Sales From Washington DC-Tel Aviv Through October; Newark-Tel Aviv Downgauge

United has closed sales of flights between Washington DC and Tel Aviv through at least October 30th. Whether United will resume this route remains an...

No, United Isn’t Cancelling All Of Their Flights To And From Israel Through March 20th, Despite News To The Contrary

Update, 3/9: United is reinstating and planning to operate afternoon flight UA84 from Newark to Tel Aviv on March 16 and 17. They are...

Will Ben Gurion Airport Close Again After Israel’s Election Until The Summer?

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport closed on January 26th and operations have been non-existent or limited since then. Israel is holding their 4th election in less...

Israel Won’t Allow Returning Students Back Into The Country Until At Least April 5th

Israel has updated their rules for who can enter the country to say that returning students won't be allowed in until at least April...

Israel Will Remain Closed To Foreign Nationals Through At Least March 20th, Airport Now Open To Flights From 8 Airports

Israel has published NOTAMs laying out their new rules that apply from now through March 20th:   They have extended the ban on most...

Israel Will Gradually Reopen Ben Gurion Airport Starting On Sunday, But Questions Remain

Israel will gradually reopen Ben Gurion Airport starting on Sunday. The exact details remain murky and are subject to change as the plans are not...

Royal Caribbean Will Offer (Nearly) Fully Vaccinated Cruises From Israel In May!

Perhaps no industry has been as devastated during the COVID-19 pandemic as the cruise industry. The writing was on the wall ever since the...

Will Ben Gurion Airport Remain Closed Until After Pesach?

Israel's Ben Gurion Airport has been closed since January 26th. Israel's Channel 12 reports that senior officials are saying that the airport will remain closed...

Israel Shuts Down Hotel Quarantine Yet Again

It seems like every day there are changes in Israel's flight and quarantine policies. The country has flip-flopped so many times on regulations that...

Under Pressure, Israel Will Allow Foreign Carriers To Operate Rescue Flights And Approve 2,000 Incoming Passengers Per Day

On Thursday I wrote about the US DOT's demand that US airlines be allowed to operate passenger flights to Tel Aviv. Israel doesn't have much...

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