Corona Updates

February 23rd, 2021​
As of February 21st, 2021 the COVID-19 lock down in Israel has been lifted. However, the Israeli government has decided that the Ben Gurion Airport will remain closed until March 6th, 2021
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February 21st, 2021

Activity times of the Population and Immigration Authority during the Jewish Holiday Purim (2021). On Thursday, February 25th, 2021 (Ta’anit Esther) the units will be open for audiences – between 08:00 – 12:00, subject to scheduling an appointment beforehand. except at following units that will remain closed during the corona period: Ariel, Kiryat Shmona,
Sderot, the western Negev (Netivot) and Dimona.

On Sunday, February 28th, 2021 (Shoshan Purim) the units will be open for audience between 08:00 – 12:00, subject to scheduling an appointment beforehand. except for the closed bureaus during the corona period: Ariel, Kiryat Shmona, Sderot, the western Negev (Netivot) and Dimona.
In addition, please see specific instructions regarding the following units:
Jerusalem South-Har Homa – closed to the public.
Ma’ale Adumim – closed to the public.
East Jerusalem – Open by appointment only.
Jerusalem Central – open by appointment only.

February 9th, 2021

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has expanded their activity and we can now schedule appointment for meeting at the MOI.

All MOI branches will be open in accordance with the “Purple Certificate”, except for the following branches, which will not be opened: Ariel, Kiryat Shmona, Sderot, Netivot and Dimona.
 
However, due to the fact that the Ben Gurion Airport is still closed this still does not benefit foreign experts that are currently abroad.
 
See here for more information.
 

February 1st, 2021

Following the government’s (January 26, 2020) decision to close the Ben Gurion Airport for departure and arrivals and in order to complete the joint efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, the minister of Interior has announced today (Wednesday) that the land border crossings (Jordan River, Taba, Arava) will be closed to Israelis and foreigners. See here for more information.

January 28th, 2021

Following the government’s (January 26, 2020) decision to close the Ben Gurion Airport for departure and arrivals and in order to complete the joint efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, the minister of Interior has announced today (Wednesday) that the land border crossings (Jordan River, Taba, Arava) will be closed to Israelis and foreigners.

For more information click here.

January 26th, 2021

 The Israeli Government has decided that the Ben Gurion Airport will be closed to inbound and outbound flights. As a result, foreigner experts will not be allowed to enter Israel (except for funerals). In other words, no new Boarding Permits will be issued and existing permits will be frozen until February 1st 2021.

During the current lockdown (that should end February 1st ) the offices of the Population and Immigration authorities’ will be closed and the Work Permit Unit will not be accepting new applications and applications that have already been submitted will not be processed.

 January 21st, 2021

The Israeli Ministry of Interior has announced that following the Ministry of Health’s recommendation, the entry of foreigners whose arrival has been approved will be conditional on the foreign expert presenting negative results for a COVID-19 test performed 72 hours before the flight. In addition the foreign expert needs to show that he has a valid medical insurance.

January 8th, 2021

Entry policy into Israel during the Corona period

Please visit this page to see the latest updates regarding cases in which the entry of foreigners into Israel will be approved after examination.

December 7th, 2020

An important update regarding the processing of applications for Work Permits for foreign experts during the Corona period.

A foreign expert travelling to Israel from a Covid-19 Red destination will need to enter 14 days self-isolations country Isolation statements will be provided by email prior to the arrival of the border inspection expert.

A foreign expert traveling to Israel from a Covid-19 Green destination do not have the enter self-isolation if they have not been in a Covid-19 red destination during the 14 days prior to their flight to Israel. For more information, please click here.

October 29th, 2020

Entry policy into Israel during the Corona period

Please visit this page to see what the latest updates regarding cases in which the entry of foreigners into Israel will be approved after examination.

October 28th, 2020

Important update regarding the processing of applications for Work Permits foreign experts during the Corona period (excluding chefs)

According to the provisions of the Public Health Order (New Corona Virus) (Home Insulation and Various Provisions) 2020 (hereinafter – the order) any foreign expert that was approved to enter Israel (except those who came from a green countries), must go into isolation as soon as they enter Israel for 14 days. Isolation statements will be delivered by email before the foreign expert arrives to Israel. For more information, please click here.

 

October 16th, 2020

Entry policy into Israel during the Corona period

Please visit this page to see what the latest updates regarding cases in which the entry of foreigners into Israel will be approved after examination.

October 11th, 2020

Entry policy into Israel during the Corona period

Please visit this page to see what the latest updates regarding cases in which the entry of foreigners into Israel will be approved after examination.

August 5th, 2020

Entry policy into Israel during the Corona period

Please visit this page to see what the latest updates regarding cases in which the entry of foreigners into Israel will be approved after examination.

July 6th, 2020

Extension of validity of Work Permits for Foreign experts

The Work Permits foreign workers will be extended as follows:

  1. Work Permits which expire between March 10th, 2020 and June 30th, 2020 are extended for a period of three months from the date of expiration.

  2. Work Permits which expire between July 1st, 2020 and August 31st, 2020 will be extended for a period of ten weeks starting from the date of expiration. For more information, please click here.

June 29th, 2020

Prior to applying for a Work Permit to the Work Permit Unit at the Population and Immigration Authority, the sponsoring company must contact the relevant governmental office in order to receive a recommendation for the entry of the foreign expert for the purpose of maintaining the continues productivity of the project and in the benefit of economy of Israel. Link.

 

June 14th, 2020

Entry policy into Israel during the Corona period

Please visit this page to see what are the cases in which the entry of foreigners into Israel will be approved after examination.

April 21st, 2020

Information for foreign workers during the period of dealing with the corona virus.

As part of efforts to encourage foreign experts to abide by the instructions of the Ministry of Health, the Foreign Worker’s Administration in the Population and Immigration Authority has published a letter of information to foreign workers residing in Israel. For more information, please click here.

 

March 29th, 2020

Extension of work permits for the employment of foreign workers/experts.

Work Permits of foreign workers/experts in all industries which expire between March 10th, 2020 and May 10th, 2020 will be extended automatically, without the need to apply to the Population and Immigration Authority and without the need to pay fees, for a period of two months from the expiration date of the relevant permit or license. For more information, please click here.

 

March 11th, 2020

Additional update regarding the entry of foreign workers into Israel.

As an addition to the instructions published March 10th, 2020, Foreign nationals traveling to Israel from China, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Egypt will not be allowed to enter Israel. For more information, please click here.

 

March 10th, 2020

Update regarding the entry of foreign workers into Israel.

As of Thursday, March 12th, 2020 non-residents of Israel will be allowed to enter only if they can prove that they can go into self-isolation as soon as they enter Israel according to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines. Such proof needs to be provided before entering Israel. For more information, please click here. 

 

February 25th, 2020

Prevention of Entry Following the Corona Virus:

A decision has been made by the Population and immigration authorities to prevent foreigners who stayed in the following countries in the last 14 days from entering Israel: China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Macau, Thailand, Hong Kong. For more information, please click here.