Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Israel

Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Israel

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Israel and the restrictions on gatherings have been tightened. New restrictions may be announced at short notice. It is also possible that some specific localities will be isolated due to the pandemic. It is required to wear a face mask in public areas. Public transport services operate on a reduced level.

Entering Israel

Israel has closed its borders to foreign nationals. An Israeli national or Israeli resident arriving the country is subject to a 14-day isolation at home.

A traveler who would like to enter Israel must contact the Embassy of Israel in the country of departure prior to the trip and request for a special permit.

A tourist visa (B2) will not be automatically extended, despite of the coronavirus situation. Tourists must exit Israel before the visa expires. In exceptional cases, tourists can apply for an extension of the visa from the Population Administration Office.

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Due to the new outbreak of coronavirus cases in Israel, the restrictions on gatherings have been tightened and events have been cancelled. A two-meter social distance is to be maintained between people.

Israel has closed its borders to foreign nationals. An Israeli national or Israeli resident arriving the country is subject to a 14-day isolation at home. Currently, the international air traffic is limited with few connections only. Transit through Israel is not possible.

Currently, most civilian traffic between Israel and the Palestinian Territories has been restricted.

Due to an increase of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, local restrictions and lock-downs are possible. Please follow the advice from local authorities and stay informed of the current situation through the local media.

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It is required to wear a face mask in public areas. Body temperature is taken in public places, shopping centers, work places and schools.

HaMagen app is endorsed by the Ministry of Health. The app cross checks the GPS history of your mobile phone with historical geographic data of patients from the Ministry of Health.

HaMagen is available in five languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English, Russian and Amharic.

Persons with any flu symptoms are instructed to stay at home. Those with severe symptoms are to contact the MDA Emergency Services Hotline 101. A person with a temperature over 38 Celsius and with respiratory symptoms (breathing difficulties or cough) should remain at home for two days after the body temperature has normalized, regardless of whether COVID-19 testing is required.

Information on the coronavirus from the Ministry of Health hotline: 5400 (Hebrew) or 08 624 1010 (service also in English).

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Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, shops, markets and shopping centers as well as hotels are open with certain restrictions. Museums, tourist attractions, cafes and restaurants are open with certain safety restrictions and opening times may be subject to change.

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Penalties in violating the restrictions

Face masks are obligatory in public areas. This rule does not concern children under 7 years. Violating the restrictions is punishable by a fine.

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The Embassy Customer Service

Customer service is open by appointment only until further notice. Inquiries and bookings can be done by email: [email protected].

Visa application services are suspended until further notice.

Limited service for residence permit applications is open 18th of June onwards:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our delivery and processing times might be longer than normal.

Upon arrival, we ask you to observe the guidelines and restrictions of movement, currently effective in Israel.

  • Please note that we admit only 2 persons at a time in the customer service area
  • The customers shall wash or disinfect their hands upon arrival at the Consulate and at leaving the premises
  • It is obligatory to wear a face mask
  • The customers’ arrival and leaving time will be documented in the Embassy guestbook.

We serve you by phone Mondays to Fridays 09 am - 12 pm

Telephone: +972 3 745 6600

E-mail (inquiries): [email protected]

E-mail (appointments): mailto:[email protected]

Facebook: Finnish Embassy Tel Aviv

Twitter: @FinIsrael

Embassy website

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Travel notification / Finns abroad

If you are a Finn living abroad, or you are residing in Finland, we recommend you to fill out the travel notification form online: Finns abroad / Travel notification.

If you already have submitted the travel notification and your stay abroad gets extended, it is advisable to update your travel notification. This will ensure that we will know if you are still in the country and can send you advisories and questionnaires during the crisis. If you are registered in the Travel Notification system, you can update your information yourself. If you have not registered yet, you can make a new notification online.

If your travel notification does not have an end date, or you have returned to Finland earlier than planned, it is advisable to remove the notification. If you have registered in the Travel Notification system, you can remove the notification yourself. If you have not registered, you can send an email to [email protected] requesting the removal of the notification. Kindly note that processing might take longer at times.