What is the change? The Israeli government has implemented a quarantine for all inbound travel.

What does the change mean? All travelers to Israel are required to enter a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival. This new requirement applies to both foreign and Israeli nationals. Foreign nationals will need to prove they have sufficient accommodation for the 14-day quarantine while they are in the country. A hotel room will not be accepted, and proof must be presented to the consulate abroad prior to entering Israel.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediately for Israelis and beginning March 12 for foreign nationals.
  • Visas affected: All visas used to travel to Israel.
  • Who is affected: All travelers to Israel.
  • Business impact: The restrictions will affect all forms of travel from outside Israel, including travel for business.
  • Next steps: The restrictions are in force until further notice. Employers should expect their employees will face a quarantine if they enter Israel.

Additional information: Prior to the new restriction, the Israeli government implemented a 14-day home isolation requirement for travelers from Austria, mainland China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand. Travelers from those countries were also required to complete this report when traveling to Israel. Israeli nationals and permanent residents who returned to Israel from mainland China were subjected to a home quarantine as well.

Analysis & Comments: The new quarantine policy is Israel’s latest effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Those planning travel to Israel may wish to reconsider their plans. The response to the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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