COVID-19 Coronavirus situation in Israel
There is a mandatory lock-down in Israel, overseen by the Police. Follow the local media and follow the instructions and regulations of the authorities.
Emergency regulations restrict public activities in Israel. No gatherings are allowed in the public areas. Regulations restrict residents to 100-meter radius from their homes. Leaving home is allowed for essential purposes only. The regulations are enforced by the police, and the offender is subject to fines. It is required to wear a face mask in public areas.
Essential purposes include:
- Commuting to work places if defined as essential work
- Purchasing food, medicine and other essential products
- Medical treatment, donating blood and legal proceedings
Public transport is further reduced. Taxis take only one passenger at a time. Car travel in private cars is allowed for essential purposes only and up to two people in the car at a time.
Shopping centers, theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and parks are closed. Gatherings in places of worship are not allowed. Grocery stores, banks and pharmacies are still open. Schools and universities as well as other educational institutions are closed. A two-meter 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 home isolation.
All persons with 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 home for two days after the body temperature has normalized, regardless of whether COVID-19 testing is required.
The regulations and instructions of the authorities can be found in English, for example, at the Israeli Ministry of Health website.
Information on the coronavirus can also be obtained by calling the Ministry of Health Hotline *5400 (Hebrew) or 08-624 1010 (also in English).
Finnish citizens should not travel abroad now. All Finnish travelers are advised to travel back to Finland as soon as possible. Furthermore, anyone returning to Finland from abroad should remain in conditions equivalent to quarantine for 14 days.
The Embassy of Finland - customer service
The Embassy is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and the regulations and instructions of the Israeli authorities. Please follow the Embassy’s website and social media accounts for information about the coronavirus situation:
Facebook: Finnish Embassy Tel Aviv
We urge all Finns in Israel or those planning a trip to Israel to submit a travel notification.
The Embassy has limited its customer services and is currently providing emergency consular services only. The reception of normal visa applications and residence permit applications has been suspended until further notice. You can contact us phone during the office hours or by e-mailing us.
Phone: +972 3 745 6600
Email: sanomat.tel (at) formin.fi
When the Embassy is closed, in emergencies you call the number of the Foreign Ministry's 24/7 Service Centre: +358 9 160 55555, or email: paivystys.um (at) formin.fi Please note that the Ministry's 24/7 Service Centre is for emergencies only.
Links to the webpages of the Finnish authorities
Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Questions and answers on travelling and Coronavirus
Prime Minister’s Office: Information and advice on the Coronavirus
National Institute for Health and Welfare THL: Information on Coronavirus