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COVID-19: No Entry to Israel from Several African Countries

Israeli Government announced with immediate effect, that the following countries will be added to the red list of countries:  South Africa, Botswana,  Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Eswatini.

The red country designation was decided due to the detection of new COVID-19 variants in that African region. According to government officials,  additional countries in the region may also be added to the list in the coming days.

Under Israeli COVID-19 Entry Restrictions, entry to Israel is banned for foreign nationals visiting a red country in the last 14 days before arrival in Israel. For the full country designation list click here.

Non-Israelis who visited red country in the last 14 days, will be denied entry to Israel unless they petition the Exceptions Committee successfully: Online petition form for the Exceptions Committee

The B.1.1.529 variant, which has been described as having an "awful spike mutation profile," has been detected in a number of coronavirus cases in South Africa. In addition, South African scientists say the new variant has an "extremely high" number of mutations.


Entry To Israel Process

Reminder: Required Entry Form

According to COVID-19 Entry regulation adjustments, any foreign national travelling to Israel must fill out and submit the form within 48 hours before the flight, the earlier the better. 

After submission of the entry form, the individual will receive instructions regarding mandatory testing and isolation upon arrival in Israel, which is based on his/her itinerary and health status (if he/she have been vaccinated or recovered).

Following the submission of the entry form, the individual will receive to his email box an either approval or denial of travel to Israel. 

The following example is a denial travel and entry (see the red marked response below)

People who receive a denial of entry to Israel (this is typed as "Health Denial"), can submit a petition to the Exceptions Committee Online petition form for the Exceptions Committee


Best Regards,

Amit Acco, Senior Partner ,


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