Evacuation flight from Israel
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is preparing an evacuation flight for Finnish citizens and permanent residents of Finland who need help leaving Israel and the Palestinian territory.
Due to the unpredictability of the situation, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is making arrangements to evacuate Finnish citizens and permanent residents of Finland in need of assistance. Those in need of assistance will be evacuated to Finland to the extent possible, or to the closest safe area, with their consent and at their own expense. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is working on the arrangements in close cooperation with the other Nordic countries and aims to provide an evacuation opportunity in the next few days.
Travellers in the region are advised to register their travel plans at matkustusilmoitus.fi(Link to another website.) and, in emergencies, contact the Foreign Ministry’s 24/7 Service Centre by email to [email protected] or by phone to +358 9 1605 5555. The Foreign Ministry will contact everyone who has registered their travel plans and inform them about the evacuation flight.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs upgraded its travel advice for Israel(Link to another website.) on 8 October 2023 and advises against all but essential travel to Israel. The Ministry especially advises against travelling to the southern part of the country close to the border with the Gaza Strip and to the northern part of the country close to the border with Lebanon and Syria. The Ministry recommends exercising special caution when travelling in the West Bank.
Finland’s Embassy will remain operational in Israel. It will help as far as possible anyone who requests consular assistance.