Update: Israel’s channel 13 reports that the changes have been pushed off from Friday to next Wednesday.
— חדשות 13 (@newsisrael13) August 3, 2021
Israel’s list of high risk countries will expand on Friday to include the US and other countries.
If you are flying to Israel, you will want to arrive before Friday when the new rules go into effect.
The exact rules are still up in the air, but changes are being made on the fly and everything is subject to change.
Israelis must quarantine for 7-14 days upon return even if they are vaccinated or recovered.
Visa holders should still be allowed to enter with quarantine.
Foreign nationals who have been in a high risk country in the past 2 weeks who do enter the country may be subject to a 14 day quarantine in a quarantine hotel upon arrival.
A potential workaround to all of this is to fly to a non-high risk country such as Canada or Switzerland, spend 2 weeks there, and then fly to Israel. However with the COVID-19 delta strain spreading rapidly across the globe, it’s only a matter of time before most or all countries in the world are considered high risk.
Per YNet, high risk countries will include “Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Iceland, Eswatini, Argentina, United States, Botswana, Bulgaria, Belarus, UK, Georgia, Guatemala, Germany, South Africa, India, Netherlands, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Turkey, Tanzania, Greece, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Malawi, Egypt, Mexico, Namibia, Spain, Scotland, Fiji, Czech Republic, France, Cuba, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Rwanda, Russia, Tunisia.”
Will you be expediting your travel based on this development? If you fly to Israel, please share your experience in the comments below!