COVID-19: Quarantine requirement waived for travelers from ‘green’ countries, territories

20 Aug 20

ISRAEL

IMPACT – HIGH

Israel has waived quarantine requirements for travelers from 17 “green locations” that are deemed to have low COVID-19 infection rates.

Key points:

  • The green locations are: Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Rwanda, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. The list will be updated regularly and is available on this Ministry of Heath website.
  • Travelers from all other countries, or “red locations,” must still quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Israel. Citizens or anyone who has visited a red location in the past 14 days are also required to quarantine. They are required to fill out the self-isolation form.
  • Those who are required to quarantine will be asked to show that they can comply with isolation requirements at home or another suitable location. Those who are not isolating at home will have to provide an address where they will be for the entire 14-day period.
  • All foreign nationals, including those from green locations, must fill out an online inbound clearance application form within 24 hours of their departure for Israel. The foreign national will either receive a confirmation to board the flight or a refusal to board the flight.
  • Foreign nationals who are cleared to enter Israel must print out their entry clearance form. The confirmation form must be kept by the travelers so it can be presented to the Israeli border control agent upon entry to Israel, as well as throughout their entire travel to Israel (including the stage past the Israeli Border control) in order to present it to the relevant officials when required.
  • Foreign nationals must also provide evidence of health insurance that specifically covers COVID-19 upon entry to Israel.

Additional Information: The Ministry of Interior has also posted detailed guidance for those departing Israel.

Entry to Israeli airports will be limited to those who have a valid ticket and a clearance form from the Ministry of Health. Airport officials will check temperatures and will deny entry to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell. Passengers ages 7 years and older must wear a face mask at the airport; those ages 6 and older must wear upon boarding the airplane. Passengers are asked to keep at least two meters apart from anyone with whom they do not live. Passengers are also asked to wash their hands and use hand sanitizers when traveling.

Analysis & Comments: The changes will ease entry requirements for travelers from 17 countries and territories. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. For more information, please see Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map.

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