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 will require mandatory quarantine, even if you already had COVID or are vaccinated. Currently those include the UAE, Myanmar, Guatemala, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Colombia, Fiji, Mongolia and Cambodia. As of next Wednesday the list will include the United States, Germany, France, Greece, Egypt, Ukraine, Italy, Iceland, Eswatini, Botswana, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Tanzania, Malawi, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Rwanda, and Tunisia.
Uganda, Seychelles, Zambia, Liberia, Panama, Paraguay, Costa Rica and Kenya will be removed from the orange list starting on August 6th.
Israelis are not allowed to fly to red countries without special permission and they are subject to fines if they do. Those include Spain, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Cyprus, Turkey, Georgia, and the UK.
You’ll want to arrive into Israel before Wednesday to avoid a mandatory quarantine from the newly added orange countries.
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.
El Al will waive all change fees and the difference in fare for flights that are scheduled to arrive in Israel starting on August 11th if you rebook to arrive before then.
El Al will also allow people who have nonstop tickets from Israel to other countries for travel in August that was purchased on or before August 2nd. If you have a ticket from Israel to the US, you can change to fly to anywhere else that El Al flies to without any change fees or difference in fare. If you have a ticket from Israel to Europe, you can fly to anywhere else that El Al flies in Europe, including Morocco, without any change fees or difference in fare. Tickets to Cyprus and Greece can’t be changed to other destinations, but you can freeze your ticket or get a voucher if you’re not on a lite fare.
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HT: yandmk and Moishebatchy