Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least September 20th

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Update: Israel has updated their NOTAM (notice to airmen) extending restrictions on most foreign nationals through at least September 20th, which is Erev Sukkos.

Foreigners with first degree relatives can still apply for special permission to enter the country, though entry from most countries, including the US, requires a mandatory quarantine.


Originally posted on 6/30:

Israel has updated their NOTAM (notice to airmen) laying out their restrictions that apply from now through at least July 26th. All foreign nationals need special permission to enter and all passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR, unless they were at their destination for under 72 hours:

A line item has also been added that Israeli citizens and residents must present a health form stating that you won’t travel to a high risk countries such as Argentina, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. Israelis face a 5,000 shekel fine if they go there without special permission.

Israel had hoped to open on July 1st, but that was pushed off due to the growth of COVID cases thanks to the Delta variant entering the country.

Israel is open for vaccinated organized tour groups with special permission to enter and for people who apply for special permission to enter for other reasons, such as having first degree relatives in Israel.

Israel has continued the extension on the ability to waive the PCR requirement for outbound flights if you have an Israeli certificate of recovery or vaccination. Destinations like the US still require a COVID test, but will accept telehealth antigen test results.

Israel closed their borders to most foreign nationals back on 3/18/20 and they have extended the ban since then.

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Eli

Are new incoming students being given exemptions to this?

R

If Flying Delta — you can use their preferred telehealth antigen brand…they finally got with the program (I prefer to use the one the airline recommends so you don’t have an issue at check in)

https://news.delta.com/new-rapid-covid-testing-options-coming-delta-purchase-and-pack-smooth-us-re-entry

https://www.azova.com/testing/ellume/delta/

Giyf

On another note,
Can family relatives still request entry permits for family members without Israeli citizenship at the Misrad Hapnim in israel in person?

GR

Any suggestions on where to find organized tour groups that will assist with entry?

Danfan

You will have to be with the group during the entire trip

Chaim

Is it possible to make your own group?

What\'s good for the goose, is good for the Gander

Almost impossible to make a group. There are only a few slots and they are snapped up with protektzia

Moshe Tvzi

Are the yeshivas and seminaries making some kind of arrangement as the students are scheduled to fly to Israel beginning the week of August 15th? Vaccinated of course!

Jack

Guess not opening till Moshaich comes 😉

Yonah

So later today? 🙂

Chaya

Any chance Delta will fully refund my July tickets (booked through Amex)?

abe

i just had united give back money for my tickets on my 2nd try

GAN

How did you get the refund? I have 8 tickets on United for end of July and would love to get refunded instead of getting vouchers

Abe

It’s all about being lucky and getting a slow agent

Judy Frankel

Should I buy an airline ticket to Israel for august 2 ( need to be there for my nieces wedding), or should I wait to hear when the restrictions will be lifted ? Does anyone know which airlines will give refunds? Thanks in advance for advice

YY

Heard something about that even if you get permission to come to Israel, if anyone on your flight tests positive for Delta variation of Covid, you must be quarantined two weeks.

Thanks for the deal

DAN PLEASE HELP – I booked 5 tixx on Priceline with AA on 01/25 for 06/23 and was ultimately unable to travel because my two youngest are 10 and 7 and can’t be vaccinated. I tried canceling on Priceline on 06/22 but was notified that it had to be done on AA.com. I then tried there but was told that it had to be done over the phone. As you’re probably aware, I couldn’t get through on the phone and was unable to change the date so we lost $531×5. I called Chase but they won’t dispute the charge. What should I do???

Yoni

Oy, hatzlacha Rabba!

Lots of exceptions

Business travel is happening. And most of the folks don’t have any relatives in Israel. Especially the ones who aren’t Jewish. Money talks.

Chaim

Who does your money talk to?

united

The only available business class savor award ticket available on United, EWR-TLV, for the next 12 months is this Friday night. Guess were gonna be back to ‘smoking hot’ deal days when they do release a seat or 2

Daniel

If my mom is an Israeli citizen and I will be traveling with her will I be permitted to enter Israel? Thank you Dan!

Nechama

Has anyone been successful getting money back when tickets were booked thru Priceline

DoB

Getting money back for what reason? Did the airline cancel your flight?

filing

Are there any companies or organizations that assist in filing out and filing forms for obtaining permission to visit 1st degree relatives? We are seniors and want to visit children/grandchildren in August and are not that computer savvy.

Heidi

If your children are Israeli have them assist you with the forms and apply in misrad hapnim for you. There are two organizations whose websites have quite a bit of info and have found them helpful. Chaim v’chessed and Yad L’olim from dov lipmann which points to aliyajourneys.com under COVID travel for info

Raf

@dan, I am an USA citizen, have first degree relatives in Israel.
I want to fly to Israel July 26th.

I took the first vaccine today, and the second one is scheduled for July 22nd.

Is there a requirement of when you were vaccinated?
Do I need to apply for permission, and if yes, where do I do that?
Do I have to quarantine in Israel?

Shira

Israel doesn’t recognize ANY shots given outside the country. There were too many instances of forged documents, and so anyone who does not have the Israeli-issued certificate of having had the shots IN ISRAEL is considered as if they never had them.
Anyone who does not have the document issued by Israel of having received the shots locally must quarantine for 14 (or 10, depending on the circumstances) days upon arrival. IF they take a serology test in Israel that proves they do have Covid antibodies, either from shots or from having had the disease, their quarantine is lifted.

M oved

We are supposed to travel in August 1 for my fathers Yortzite. What’s possibility we’re getting there?????? 2nd year, already missed 1 st year due to covid.

May moshiach come quickly

I’m with you brother.
My Father ZT”l first yortzeit is coming up after Succos. The way things are looking now, it doesn’t seem like my Mother and I will be able to be there for the hakamas matzieva. We have no close relatives there. It will have to be done by the monument company without a minyan. So sad and painful. We couldn’t go for the kvurah either.

Yoni

Hi, I’m so sorry to hear, if things don’t workroom out, you can probably get a minyan to do it for you. I’m sure 10 yeshiva guys would do it for a little compensation and if the bais Hachaim is not too far…

DaninMCI

I just cancelled my Israel travel plans for August, writing off this year in Israel sadly.

Stephanie Mashiach

Hi Dan, if I have a first degree relative in Israel and my husband and I are vaccinated however my kids are not, can we still have entry knowing my kids will quarantine or we will be denied?

Shira

Israel doesn’t recognize ANY shots given outside the country. There were too many instances of forged documents, and so anyone who does not have the Israeli-issued certificate of having had the shots IN ISRAEL is considered as if they never had them.
Anyone who does not have the document issued by Israel of having received the shots locally must quarantine for 14 (or 10, depending on the circumstances) days upon arrival. IF they take a serology test in Israel that proves they do have Covid antibodies, either from shots or from having had the disease, their quarantine is lifted.

Jacob

I have a trip booked to Israel for the beginning of August. I plan on going for my honeymoon. If Israel is not open by then, I wanted to plan an alternative trip somewhere in Europe. When I booked another flight for the same dates but different destination, United cancels my alternative trip flight. Does anyone know a work-around?

Web

If i have a brother there in yeshiva is that considered as a sibling there?

Shira

If he’s an Israeli citizen, you’re good to go. If he’s on a student or tourist visa, don’t hold your breath.

iahphx

I have tickets to Spain and then on to TLV in late September. Six weeks ago, I thought I might actually go (my first int’l leisure trip since the pandemic began). Now I think the odds look grim. Is there any realistic hope at this point?

ely

I was denied entry today.
I have a sister in Israel, I have applied to the consulate & to the interior ministry with all the docs proven & they still denied it.
What bothers me is that the flights are not empty or cheap & the Israeli citizens fly around the world including the USA, but us, law abiding American citizens are denied entry!
As if the virus knows boundaries or citizenship.

Mille_Bornes

Oh wow. Did they give a reason?

Mike

Not really getting the comparison to be honest. One ate their own citizens so they have to let them back where as American citizens are not their citizens and therefore have no obligation to them.

Alexander

Mike, there is a difference between letting their own citizens back in and letting their own citizens out. Those who are out should be allowed back in but don’t let others leave!

Eric

Just saw your message. For reason rejected look at box on last page of the application form they sent with rejection eMail. New online application has one new form for person providing isolation to sign and it is a required form.

Yoni

Hi, we purchased around 10 Elal tickets via a travel agency (with insurance) to Israel for succos, can I cancel and get a cash refund? Or are they going to give me gehenom if I try?

Mergs

Has anyone had success getting money back from American Airlines when booking through Chase points? I am scheduled to travel August 1 but I don’t leave it meets requirements for entry into Israel

ross

The airlines should give ‘GEFILTE’ tickets: Guaranteed Entry For Israel-Limitless Ticket Extension. It’s a totally open-ended ticket for whenever they’re finally ready. No fees at all.

Alexander

Unfortunately, I was supposed to go to Israel in August and now, like most, can’t. What I still don’t understand is why can’t vaccinated Americans go to? It seems like Israel has no problem allowing Israelis to travel back and forth as many times as they want.

Shira

Israel doesn’t recognize ANY shots given outside the country. There were too many instances of forged documents, and so anyone who does not have the Israeli-issued certificate of having had the shots IN ISRAEL is considered as if they never had them.

Yanky

Dan
Israel is for sure not
Opening up till after succos. Why do u wrote aug 23. There is not a chance before oct 10.

Yanky

Students do not have to be vaccinated to get entry. They get entry through their institution – most seminary girls have not been vaccinated as many doctors have said under 20 should not get vaccinated. And although boys going are usually 20 n up girls are not and were not vaccinated. But israel is letting them in through their respected seminaries. The same applies to all colleges and universities- Israeli and Arabs.

Shira

Israel doesn’t recognize ANY shots given outside the country. There were too many instances of forged documents, and so anyone who does not have the Israeli-issued certificate of having had the shots IN ISRAEL is considered as if they never had them.
Anyone who does not have the document issued by Israel of having received the shots locally must quarantine for 14 (or 10, depending on the circumstances) days upon arrival. IF they take a serology test in Israel that proves they do have Covid antibodies, either from shots or from having had the disease, their quarantine is lifted.

Tani

Not sure where you are getting this from. Most doctors would tell the girls to get the shot (only extremely rare issues with males and all fertility issues are complete BS) and most students going to Israel will be vaccinated. Schools don’t want to have to deal with the quarantining like they did last year when no vaccines existed. All the summer programs that got in through the group allowance required vaccination.

zow

Does anyone know the timing involved in the red countries? If a US student visa holder went to Mexico in June, would he be able to enter Israel in August?

Boruch k

14 days before arriving israel must be on green country
Up to 12 hours can make stop in red country

joseph schwartz

Hi Dan,

Would you know if a Hacnuses Sefer Torah is a good enough reason to get permission and if yes can you recommend a reliable agent who can arrange a tour group?

Yehudah

I just got denied. Even though I am vaccinated, have a ticket, and first degree permanent resident. No explanation given.

Shira

Israel doesn’t recognize ANY shots given outside the country. There were too many instances of forged documents, and so anyone who does not have the Israeli-issued certificate of having had the shots IN ISRAEL is considered as if they never had them.
No distinction is made between people who were vaccinated outside the country, and those who were not.
That doesn’t explain why you were rejected, but be aware that your vaccination means nothing when it comes to being granted entry.

Jim Leberger

What about having the Excelsior Pass (for us New Yokas)? Do you think that would give a bit more credence to the credibility of the vaccination?

Len

have a son living in Israel..wife and I are both US citizens and live in states…scheduled to fly to Israel this Sunday -8/1/21 and return 8/22/21…do u think we could fly out this Sunday
LS

Len

what do u think…US vax citizens with son living in Israel scheduled to fly from newark (UA)
to Israel..this Sunday Aug.1 chances of getting out??
Len

JB

If you got an ishur/entry permit, yes.

Yehudah

Has anyone obtained a permit to enter Israel based on a first-degree relative, who is only a permanent resident? If so then what document(s)/ID(s) did you use to prove the permanent residence status?

Bernard

Dan- My daughter and her family (husband and five children aged 14,12,8,6, and 1 year old) want to fly to Israel to visit a First Degree Relative citizen of Israel (Sister).
All are vaccinated except the younger children aged 8, 6, and 1.
I understand that the 6 year old and 1 year old need NOT be vaccinated.
So, the only issue is the 8 year old not being vaccinated.
Will they be allowed to enter as a family?
Will they need to quarantine?
Or, will they be denied entry for all?

Abraham

quarantine, for sure yes

leonard m fuld

Where do i find the form to complete: “Obligation to comply with all Israeli authority’s COVID-19 limitations and instructions*” required on the online form

Jcity

Is it just me, or is anyone else extremely disappointed with Israel’s ongoing COVID policy? Keeping non-Israeli Jews out at all costs for over a year. Israel is supposed to be the one destination on the planet that will accept and protect Jews. It’s also now harder than ever to make Aliyah. They have thrown the Right of Return out the window; its a big shame.

FBR

No, you’re not the only one. This policy of keeping non Israeli Jews out for a full year and a half (and who knows if not longer Gd forbid) is an absolute disgrace.

Joe

Its political and has little or nothing to do with the virus. The NYT even noted how they were the king of COVID in the beginning and now are a disaster.

Gerson

The situation there is bad so you think they should allow more people in? I’m disappointed too but I literally can’t complain. I’m not a citizen there.

Bob

Not saying I disagree, but if you haven’t noticed, the only times the New york Times has anything good to say about israel is if they want to bash the haredim

David

Pretty sure you can still make Aliya.

Ivezdad

it is just you and those that think of themselves only. Israel owes you very little, they owe more to their citizens. They are trying to keep sick people out. Even at the worst times here were documented stories of visitors WITH COVID running around town.
Israel owes you access to holy places and nothing more.
You mention accepting Jews but you do not mention Aliya, just a visit!

Avi

Thinking about making a flotilla.
Hit me up if you want in.

Yosef

If in going to yeshiva in Israel, is getting the covid vaccine a must?? Is there any way to not have to get the vaccine?

Confu

Positive and negative tests.
Possibly a letter of recovery from a doctor (was accepted, talk of this changing soon)

T

Is it worth it to make a ticket for December if unvaccinated? Have positive pcr from Israel…

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