COVID 19 - news in Israel

COVID 19 - news in Israel

Israel has extended the total lockdown until Sunday, 31.1.2021. During this period, going out from one’s place of residence is restricted to max 1,000 meters. Furthermore, entry requirements will be tightened as of 23 January. Any person who wishes to board a flight to Israel would be required to present to the airline operator a certificate attesting to negative results to a PCR coronavirus test. Gatherings are restricted up to 5 people in a closed area and 10 in an open area. Rules and regulations might change at short notice.

Entering Israel

Israel has closed its borders for foreign nationals. Any person who wishes to board a flight to Israel would be required to present to the airline operator a certificate attesting to negative results to a PCR coronavirus test taken 72 hours prior to the date of departure. The division between “green” and “red” countries has been suspended until further notice. All incoming travellers will be put in a state-run quarantine facility, and would be let out only after having tested negative for the coronavirus. Special arrival permits for foreign citizens are not issued.

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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During the lockdown, going out from one’s place of residence is restricted to max 1,000 meters. Commuting is allowed to work places that provide necessary services. Individual exercising outdoors as well as other necessary activities such as going to a medical appointment are allowed.  Gatherings are restricted up to 5 persons indoors and up to 10 persons outdoors. A two-meter social distance is to be maintained between people. It is mandatory to wear a mask outside home.

Currently, the international air traffic is limited with few connections only. Transit through Israel is not possible. A special permit will be required to travel out the country in cases where the flight ticket has been purchased after 7th of January 2021 at 24:00.

There may be restrictions on civilian traffic between Israel and the Palestinian Territories and the opening hours of the checkpoints may vary.

Local restrictions on movement are possible on short notice. Please follow advice from local authorities and stay informed of the situation through the local media.

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It is required to wear a mask in public areas. Body temperature is measured 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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Only essential services and grocery stores remain open. Currently, cultural, entertainment as well as tourism services are closed. Restaurants and cafés are closed for customers, but open for food delivery. Educational institutions are operating online only. Public transport is operating in reduced capacity.

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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

Due to the lockdown the Embassy customer service is open for emergencies and urgent cases only. Kindly contact the Embassy first by phone.  

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

  • We admit only 2 persons at a time in the customer service room
  • 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’ leaving and arrival time will be documented in an Embassy guestbook

We serve you by phone Mondays to Fridays from 9 to 12 am. 

Due to the Corona situation, our delivery- and processing times might be longer than normal.

Telephone: +972 3 745 6600

Consular emergencies outside office hours: +358 9 160 55555 (no visa inquiries).

E-mail (inquiries): [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.