Update: The Times of Israel is reporting that home quarantine rules for all Israelis returning from abroad are in effect immediately, but that non-Israelis will receive a 72 hour grace period from now to enter the country without the need to home quarantine.
Starting on Thursday at 8pm, foreigners will be denied entry if they can’t prove that they will be able to home quarantine in Israel for 2 weeks.
Many airlines will likely start cancelling flights soon, so you will want to call your airline to expedite your flight to or from Israel if you want to ensure that you make it back home before flight cancellations begin.
Israel has been home to the harshest coronavirus bans on the planet.
They’re now doubling down on those by requiring everyone arriving from abroad to enter home quarantine for 2 weeks.
Announcement from PM Netanyahu:
“After very complicated deliberations, we’ve reached a decision. Whoever arrives from abroad will enter an isolation of 14 days. This is a difficult decision, but is essential for preserving the health of the public, and public health comes before everything. This decision will be in effect for two weeks, and in parallel, we are also adopting decisions to protect the economy of Israel.”
It seems to me that Israel is doing this in order to avoid the political fallout of specifically adding the US to the quarantine list. This way Israel can just say they’re doing it worldwide.
Non-Israelis need to prove that they can quarantine in a home (not a hotel or dorm) for 2 weeks in order to enter the country or else they will be denied entry.
It’s very likely that we’ll see flights cut between most countries and Israel. This news is surely devastating for El Al and the Israeli hotel industry.
For now this is said to be in effect for the next 2 weeks, but I think it’s extremely likely that it will be extended. That would be bad news for people planning on visiting Israel for Pesach and for students who were hoping to return to Israel after Pesach. If they return to the US for Pesach they won’t be allowed back in again without a method of home quarantine for 2 weeks.
What do you make of Israel’s quarantine policies? Will the country manage to avoid widespread community coronavirus? How will these new rules affect your travel plans?