The Coronavirus news in Israel

The Coronavirus news in Israel

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in indoor public areas in Israel. Starting 1.11. foreign nationals are allowed into the country, if they have not been in a country classified as red 14 days prior to arrival in Israel and if they have received WHO approved vaccinations. Admission for recovered persons is defined by strict criteria. Different vaccines have different criteria, but in general, one must have received their second or third dose at least 14 days before arrival. Air travel to Israel is subject to entry clearances. All passengers arriving in Israel must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken in the departure country: the negative test and the EU Digital COVID Certificate will work as an equivalent to the Israeli Green Pass. On arrival at Ben Gurion airport, a second PCR-test is administered to those coming to Israel. As Finland is currently classified as an orange country, vaccinated and recovered persons should enter quarantine until presented with a second negative PCR test taken in Israel or until 24h have passed (whichever is earlier).

Having approved vaccinations within the set time limits are the conditions for border crossing and arriving in the country; unvaccinated persons will not be allowed into Israel and will be turned back at the border (you can read about exemption procedures here: https://survey.gov.il/he/PCR2(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)).  Full guidance can be found from the Israeli Ministry of Health website. Rules and regulations might change at short notice. (https://corona.health.gov.il/en/directives/air-travel-covid19-green/?tab=by-air(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window))

 

Entering Israel

A tourist visa 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 a visa extension from the Population Administration Office.

 

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Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions on movement. Indoor gatherings over 100 persons can only be attended by persons with a COVID certificate (Green Pass). A two-meter social distance is to be maintained between people. It is mandatory to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Israel no longer requires people to wear masks outdoors.  

 

Transit through Israel is not possible. Air travel to Israel is subject to entry clearances.

 

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 mask in indoor public areas.

 

The 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

Shops, malls, markets, museums, libraries and restaurants are open. Public transport is in operation.

 

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Penalties in violating the restrictions

Masks are obligatory in indoor public areas and on public transportation. 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

Embassy customer service is open. We admit passport applications as well as population registry- and notary notifications, by appointment only.

 

Schengen Visa and residence permit applications can be submitted with some restrictions. Kindly contact the Embassy by phone or email prior to appointment booking.

 

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

 

  • 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).

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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(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window).

 

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] (Opens New Window) requesting the removal of the notification. Kindly note that processing might take longer at times.