Israel Won’t Open Borders To Foreign Nationals Through At Least January 1st

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Israel has extended its ban on foreign nationals through at least 8:59pm on January 1st according to this NOTAM:


Israel closed their borders to foreign nationals back in March and they have extended the ban on a monthly basis since then.

There are some exceptions to the rule that can apply for permission to enter Israel, including:

  • Parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses of siblings, as well as sibling’s infant children can go to Israel for a wedding, bar mitzvah, or bas mitzvah.
  • Grandparents can fly to Israel a month before an expected birth and can stay a month after birth.
  • Students applying through their qualified institution.
  • Business travelers with an essential meeting, with application submitted by an Israeli host company.

Returning Israelis and foreigners who qualify for an exception to enter Israel must continue to go into home quarantine for 14 days unless they have only been to designated green countries in the past 14 days.

That means eligible passengers from a red country can fly to Dubai with a negative COVID-19 test, spend 14 days there without needing to quarantine, and then enter Israel without any need to quarantine.

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Something Fishy

Missing poll option: May 2020


Wasn’t the quarantine shortened to 10 or 12 days?


No, if you get a test shortly after arrival (or at least greater than 24 hours before the 10th day test) and then another one at 10 days you are released at 12 days. Though, in my present case, since my results come back a few hours later (and not after 2 days) I’m not sure why I shoudn’t be released later on the 10th day when my results come back, especially since the purpose is to save the government from paying for my free room and board. FYI, they’ve closed all the hotels in Jerusalem and now you are forced to stay by the beach in Tel Aviv.


Starting dec 1. Quarantine shortened to 10 days with 2 neg tests. Look it up

Deborah Atlas

Where did you get this information?


WRONG. I have been in contact multiple times over the last several days with the relevant authorities and even with a negative test at 10 days I will not be released until day 12.Look it up!


you say “eligible passengers from red countries can go to Dubai etc”… Is that only those who fall into the categories above for weddings/students etc. to avoid quarantine? Or does that mean ANYONE can get in to israel if coming from a green country?


“eligible” – meaning they are one of exceptions


Probably gonna keep the borders closed until the vaccine is out – and then only allow vaccinated passengers to travel….it’s all about control at this point


How does one apply for the right to come in for a grandchild’s bar Mitzvah. I have searched online, and can’t find anywhere that the application or even information is there.????


ניץ דיין קעפעלע
It’s not online.


Reach out to Chaim VChesed


Contact support@chaimvchesed,com they will help and guide you through the process


FYI – Lone Soldier parents are also an exception.

Chaya Landau

What do we think will happen after January 1st?


February 1st…