COVID 19 - news in Israel

COVID 19 - news in Israel

The restrictions on movement due the COVID-19 Pandemic have been eased starting from 18 October. Cultural and entertainment as well as tourism services remain closed, public services are open with certain restrictions. Essential services, such as post offices and banks are open. Restaurants and cafés are closed to customers, but open for food delivery and takeout. Schools are closed with the exception of preschools. Gatherings are restricted up to 10 persons indoors and up to 20 persons outdoors. Public transport is running with limited services. Wearing face mask is mandatory in public. Rules and regulations might change in short notice.

Entering Israel

As a rule, Israel has still closed its borders to foreign nationals. As of 16th of August, Israel has classified countries into “green” and “red” categories. Travelers arriving to Israel from a red category country is subject to a 14-day isolation at home. Travelers arriving to Israel from a green category country are not obliged to self-isolate.

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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Restrictions

Due to a new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Israel, the restrictions on gatherings are in place. A two-meter social distance is to be maintained between people. Wearing a mask outside is mandatory.

Currently, the international air traffic is limited with few connections only. Transit through Israel is not possible. 

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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Health

It is required to wear a face 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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Services

Currently, cultural, entertainment as well as tourism services are closed. Essential services such as post offices and banks remain open. Restaurants and cafés are closed to customers, but open for food delivery and takeout. Schools are closed with the exception of preschools. Public transport is running with restrictions.

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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 currently closed with the exception of consular emergencies and urgent situations. Our telephone customer service is open from Monday to Friday 09-12. 

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

Customer service appointment booking: https://slotti.fi/booking/suomensuurlahetystotelaviv/

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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.