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, 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.
- Select businesspeople with essential meetings in Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reports that starting in December, relatives of Israeli immigrants that made aliya within the past 4 years will be eligible to apply for an entry permit from their local Israeli Embassy or Consulate.
Implicit in that reporting is that the ban on other foreigners is likely to continue, though I haven’t seen an official announcement made for travel after December 1st. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised to see that ban last until there is a vaccine readily available for the public.
Relatives will reportedly include parents, grandparents, siblings, and children of any recent immigrant. Israeli law says that recent immigrants include anyone who made aliya in the past 10 years, but a compromise appears to have been reached for a 4 year period in this case.
I have heard of plans being made for Israelis to meet up with their foreign relatives in Dubai as Dubai welcomes Americans and Israeli without a quarantine requirements and Israelis can visit Dubai without having to quarantine on their return as it is considered a “Green” country.
With this development, relatives of recent immigrants will be able meet right in the holy land.
Do you have relatives who made aliya in the past 4 years? Will you apply to visit them in Israel?
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