Israel sees another lockdown
As a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases in Israel, the Israeli government has scheduled the enforcement of a second national lockdown. Israel is the first country in the world to impose another lockdown that will affect the country entirely.
The new lockdown provisions will be enforced from 18th September 2020 at 14:00 PM for a fixed 3-week period. This will involve numerous changes and reduced operations for everyone, especially for employers and individuals wishing to travel to and from Israel.
Immigration and travel changes
During this time, those wishing to travel amidst these COVID-19 restrictions are advised to note the following:
- Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport will remain open during the lockdown period. However, it is recommended that employers cancel any travel plans going or coming out of Israel ahead of the lockdown date, including their expats.
- Individuals wishing to travel to Israel are urged to submit their visa applications ahead of the lockdown date. In this time, Israeli Consulates will still operate albeit applications may either be put on hold or processed at a reduced rate by the Ministry of Interior. This means that individuals must anticipate delays and interruptions in the processing times of their applications.
- Arrivals into Israel from green countries will not have to self-isolate upon their arrival. However, they will be subject to the same lockdown rules as the rest of the country once they land on Israeli soil.
- Arrivals from red states must self-isolate upon arrival to the Israeli border. Once fulfilling the self-quarantine period, they must abide by the lockdown rules as everyone else.
- Departures from Israel must obtain a COVID-19 test reflecting a negative result within 72 hours of their flight time.
- Private individuals will be limited to move only 500 metres from their home. Those wishing to depart from Israel must demonstrate a valid ticket to the authorities at least 4 hours before their departure time. This is so they can be granted permission to leave to go to the airport.
Should you have any questions regarding the above information or if you require legal assistance with your visa application, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.