Update, 12/22: Israel’s channel 12 is reporting that parents of children under 10 can request permission to quarantine at home instead of in a COVID hotel.
Chaim V’Chessed reports that Israel will continue to grant permission to enter for families who are residents of Israel. They also say that it appears that Israel will honor previously approved entry permits for those coming for family events unless they’re coming from Denmark, South Africa, or the UK. It is unclear if new permits will be issued. Single students are not allowed to enter the country.
The Times of Israel shares the dreadful conditions in some of the new COVID hotels as the army ramps up hotel needed for quarantine. “They want everyone to start going in to hotels, but if it’s been like this with just UK passengers, I really don’t know how they will manage.”
Israel’s Health Minister is calling for a 3rd lockdown.
Update, 12/21: Chaim V’Chessed reports that after an uproar, Israel has decided to allow foreign nationals who have special permission to enter the country to do so by Wednesday at 10pm. They add that the situation is quite fluid, and Israel may still reverse that decision.
The new 10pm deadline applies to entering the country without needing to quarantine in a hotel and for foreign nationals with permission to enter Israel.
Israel previously banned foreign arrivals from the UK, Denmark, and South Africa and required Israelis flying from there to isolate in COVID-19 hotels due to the COVID-19 mutation is spreading rapidly across the UK. Israelis who refused to quarantine and foreign nationals were returned to the country that they flew in from.
Chaim V’Chessed reports that effective immediately, foreign nationals from all countries will be denied entry, even if they have permission to enter Israel.
Passengers already in the air may be able to enter, but if you have not yet boarded your flight and manage to board, you will be sent back to your origin country.
Starting on Wednesday at 2pm, returning Israelis from all countries will be forced to quarantine in COVID-19 hotels. That quarantine period is 14 days, but it can be reduced to 10 days with a negative COVID-19 PCR test, followed by another negative COVID-19 PCR test 9 days later.
This will effectively shut down most flights in and out of Israel, so if you do need a flight in or out of Israel, you should take one ASAP!
If you’re traveling to or from Israel now, please share your experience in the comments below!
- You can discuss coronavirus and how it’s affecting your life on the dedicated COVID-19 board on DDF here.
HT: D93, hocker, and Chaim V’Chessed