Israeli authorities have taken steps to make it easier for some B-1 experts who were working in Israel but are currently abroad to return to the country.

Key points:

  • Employers can now apply for “entry during COVID-19” on behalf of foreign experts returning to Israel provided they have a valid (1) work permit, (2) B-1 work visa and (3) Multiple Entries B-1 work visa.
  • Up until now, authorities have provided special approval for the entry of a limited number of foreign experts who are deemed essential for Israel’s national infrastructure or for their contribution to Israel’s economy. Obtaining this approval will no longer be required for B-1 experts who meet the criteria listed above.
  • Anyone entering Israel must remain in home isolation for 14 days upon arrival. Foreign nationals must show proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19.

Background: Israel has taken a number of steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and most foreign nationals are still barred from entry. Employers can apply for “entry during COVID-19” for qualifying employees at local Ministry of Interior offices.

Analysis & Comments: The change will make it easier for B-1 foreign experts to return to Israel after traveling abroad. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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