After weeks of a nationwide lockdown that restricted air travel, the Israeli government has announced it will loosen requirements for flights departing from Israel.

Key Points:

  • Travelers can purchase tickets for departing flights without restrictions.
  • Arriving flights remain restricted to only pre-scheduled flights.
  • All travelers must have negative COVID-19 results from a test performed within 72 hours of their flight.
  • Travelers arriving in Israel from “green location” countries will not need self-isolate but are subject to lockdown restrictions.
  • Travelers from “red location” countries are still required to self-isolate for 14 days. Afterwards, they must follow all lockdown rules.

Background: Up until now, only travelers who had purchased tickets before Sept. 25 had been permitted to take flights out of Israel during the lockdown.

Analysis & Comments: This is the first easing of restrictions since a national lockdown was imposed in September due to rising COVID-19 infections. The Israeli government continues to consider whether it will relax other restrictions. 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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