Ben Gurion Airport to close Sept. 29-30 for Yom Kippur

25 Sep 17



What is the change? Operations at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv will come to a halt Friday and Saturday as Israel celebrates Yom Kippur.

What does the change mean? International travel into and out of Israel will be severely limited during the two-day period. The airport will close at about noon Friday and will reopen late Saturday evening.

  • Implementation time frame: Sept. 29 and 30.
  • Who is affected: Anyone planning travel into or out of Israel on the days on which the airport will be closed.
  • Business impact: Businesses travellers may need to make minor adjustments to their schedules.
  • Next steps: Those planning international travel to Israel should plan around the two-day closure.

Background: Every year, Israel’s high holidays impact immigration processes and travel. Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism and this year falls on Sept. 29 and 30.

BAL Analysis: Anyone needing to travel to or out of Israel for business or immigration purposes should note that the airport will be closed Friday and Saturday and should plan their schedules accordingly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Israel. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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