The Israeli government has instituted a full lockdown of “nonessential” businesses and services as the number of COVID-19 cased continues to climb.

Key Points:

  • The lockdown began Friday, Sept. 25, and will run through Sunday, Oct. 11. This period coincides with the time during which Israel is celebrating the Jewish high holidays.
  • Ben Gurion International Airport will remain open but only for pre-scheduled flights.
  • Inbound travelers must have negative COVID-19 results from a test performed within 72 hours of their flight.
    • Travelers from “green location” countries will not need to self-isolate under entry rules, but will be subject to the lockdown.
    • Travelers from “red location” countries are still required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • During the lockdown, “nonessential” businesses and services will be closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants operating exclusively for take-out will be exempt.
  • Officials have not yet said how the lockdown will affect Ministry of Interior operations, including the operations of the ministry’s work permit unit. Offices are currently closed for the high holidays, and operations may be limited when they reopen.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should anticipate travel and processing delays during the lockdown, particularly given that it coincides with the holiday period. Deloitte will provide additional information about other COVID-19 measures as it 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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