The Israeli government has issued a new public order mandating a 14-day quarantine for Israeli citizens and residents traveling from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine.

Key Points:

  • Under a change that took effect May 3, Israeli citizens and residents arriving in Israel from any of the seven countries must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine or for a shorter period of 10 days subject to two negative PCR tests.
    • Vaccinated individuals and individuals who recovered from a COVID-19 infection traveling from any of the countries stated above must quarantine upon arrival, unless they remained in these countries during their travel for less than 12 hours as part of a connecting flight, and the individual did not leave the airport.
    • PCR tests will be conducted on the first day of arrival into Israel and on the ninth day of quarantine. If both tests are negative, the quarantine will be shortened to 10 days.
  • The entry of foreign individuals from any of the countries listed above will be suspended until further notice.

Additional Information: Israeli citizens are banned from entering any of the seven countries unless they obtain an exceptional approval for humanitarian reasons or an exceptional vital need from the Exceptions Committee of the Ministry of Interior.

Analysis & Comments: Employers may need to adjust start dates for travelers from any of the seven countries. The list of countries required to quarantine will be reviewed on a weekly basis, and additional countries may be added. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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