Update: Israel will go into full lockdown for 3 weeks starting on Friday, but Chaim V’Chessed reports that aviation will not be affected by the lockdown. Flights will operate normally and passengers will be able to travel to/from the airport.
Originally posted on 9/11:
Israel first went into a nationwide lockdown in April when it was dealing with less than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases. With daily cases exploding to 4,000, the country’s coronavirus cabinet has voted to go back into lockdown.
A lockdown is expected to begin next week and will last for at least 2-3 weeks. Israel’s first lockdown initially looked like an incredible success, but things quickly reopened and cases spiked shortly thereafter.
While most airlines stopped flying to Israel, aviation never shut down and United never stopped their service. This time around there is talk that the government will halt all aviation, inbound and outbound, for an indeterminate amount of time.
Travel is seen as one of the reasons that lockdown efforts failed. Countries that have had success in controlling coronavirus outbreaks, like Australia and New Zealand, have heavily restricted aviation.
After a 2nd lockdown, Israel will likely move far more cautiously and slowly as they reopen.
If you do need to fly to or from Israel, you’ll want to do that ASAP in case aviation is shut down.
The proposed lockdown may also postpone a visit by a UAE delegation to Israel that was planned for September 22nd.
Will you try to catch a flight in or out of Israel before aviation may be halted?