Update, 8/15: Chaim V’Chesed reports that Israel has decided that students coming from “Green” countries will be exempt from quarantine. They also note that this throws a monkey wrench into the plans of many schools as there is no interaction allowed between students subject to quarantine and students exempt from quarantine until the end of the 14 day quarantine period. Because of this, some schools may delay the arrival of students from Green countries.
Originally posted on 8/14:
Starting on Sunday, Israel will no longer require quarantine for returning citizens or foreign nationals who have permission to enter Israel when returning from the following “Green” countries:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
However if you were in any other country in the 14 days prior to flying to Israel, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.
Additionally, while the EU in general doesn’t allow Israelis to enter, Israel has come to an agreement with Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia for Israelis to enter without quarantine. Greece will also allow 600 Israelis per week to enter without quarantine.
Foreign nationals are still unable to travel to Israel unless they have permission to enter Israel for a bar/bas mitzvah or wedding of a sibling/sibling-in-law, child, or grandchild, for grandparents visiting for a month before and after a birth, and people attending a funeral of an immediate relative.
If a foreign national does have permission to enter Israel then you can skip quarantine if you have only been to green countries in the past 14 days.
What does that mean for Americans with permission to enter Israel?
- Americans can enter Croatia for tourism, present a negative COVID PCR result from the past 48 hours, and not have to quarantine. If you provide a negative test older than 48 hours you can get retested locally, quarantine, and emerge when you get a negative result. You can spend 14 days in Croatia before flying to Israel without the need to quarantine.
- Americans can enter England for tourism and self-isolate there for 14 days, before flying to Israel without the need to quarantine.
Chaim V’Chesed notes that Israel is still discussing whether to exempt students coming from green countries from quarantine. I don’t see why they should be different than other foreign nationals that have permission to enter, but apparently it’s still under debate.
If you’re going to an eligible wedding or bar/bas mitzvah in Israel, it sure seems worthwhile to vacation in Croatia for 2 weeks so that you can avoid having to quarantine for 2 week in Israel!
Of course this situation is still fluid and can change. Plus, Israel plans to update the green counties list every 2 weeks, so a country that is currently green, may be removed by the time you travel.
Are you eligible for entry to Israel? Will you consider spending 2 weeks in Croatia?