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Israel Extends COVID-19 Entry Ban for Foreigners by 10 More Days

Israel Health Ministry announced today extending the COVID-19 travel restrictions, including an entry ban for foreigners, by additional 10 days to restrain the spread of the Omicron variant.

As a result, current ban regulations will be in place until December 22, unless further extended.


Please see below the important exceptions and clarification advised by Kan-Tor & Acco two weeks ago regarding the ban.


Proposals that Have NOT Been Accepted by the COVID-19 Committee


At this stage, the following proposals have been discussed by the COVID-19 Committee, but have NOT been accepted at this stage:


  • The Ministry of Health proposed today to declare the entire continent of Europe as "red", due to the spread of omicron over the European Continent. If this measure will take place, it is expected to effectively bar most travel between Europe and Israel.
  • Prime Minister Bennet proposed a total shutdown of Ben-Gurion International Airport.


The Israeli Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation and consider other restrictions in the coming days.

     

Exceptions and Clarifications to The Omicron's Entry Ban

Several clarifications have been made by the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, and Border Control, affecting the ability of foreign expats entry into Israel, despite the ban. The following updates relate to the most relevant business-related categories:

Foreign Employees

 

Those who have a valid B-1 work visa to Israel and a multiple entry visa will be able to enter Israel provided they are fully adhering to medical regulation, i.e. the individuals that are eligible for Israeli green pass, and received authorization to travel after filling the form that is required 48 hours before a flight. 


New Work Permits and Visas

  • New applications for up to 90 days: the Work Permit Unit will issue a special permit to enter during the ban, subject to receipt of the recommendation of the Relevant Government Ministry within the Industry of the particular employer.
  • New application for work permits for over 90 days: There is a need to apply for a recommendation from a government ministry for functional continuity. The permit will be issued by the Ministry of the Interior. KTA can provide this service to its clients.
  • Entry permits issued before November 28 are canceled, and will not allow entry.
  • Foreign workers that already have B-1 work visas from the consulate: employer will need to apply for an entry recommendation from the relevant Government Ministry within the Industry of the particular employer. KTA can provide this service to its clients. Once the recommendation is received by the Work Permit Unit, a new Entry Permit will be issued to allow the travel to Israel.
  • Foreign workers that already have a short-term employment permit (SEA 90 days) and have not entered yet: employer will need to apply for an entry recommendation from the relevant Government Ministry within the Industry of the particular employer. KTA can provide this service to its clients. Once the recommendation is received by the Work Permit Unit, a new Entry Permit will be issued to allow the travel to Israel.

 Visitors, Dependents

 

Any visitor that will travel later than midnight 28 November 2021 (Israel time), will not be able to enter Israel without special authorization to travel A.K.A “permit to board the plane”.


Any dependents, even those having a long-term B-2 visitor dependent visa will not be able to enter Israel during the ban without special authorization to travel A.K.A “permit to board the plane”. KTA can provide this service to its clients.

 

Business Visitors

 

During the ban, entry of the business person is not permitted.

 

Mandatory Isolation for at least 3 days

 

At least 3 days of isolation will be imposed on foreign nationals that will be allowed entry.

Foreign Employees may have to isolate in a state-run coronavirus motel.

     

A Known Technical issues in the Ministry of Health Entry Permit Format


Following the submission of the 48 hours pre-flight form, an email will be sent to the individual by the Ministry of Health.


According to the Ministry Of Interior the reason for this getting the red text whereby “May board the plane only if specified criteria are met” is the fact that the Ministry systems are not in sync with the new regulation as well as some other legal complications they have. According to Ministry of Interior advice, Airlines are instructed to allow those with a valid B-1 work visa and multiple entry visa in their passport to fly to Israel.

 

According to the above, Health eligibility will be finalized only upon entry to Israel.

 

According to the Ministry clarification, those who will prove eligible to green pass, or will present special approval to enter, will be allowed to fly to Israel and enter subject to eligibility for the green pass to be determined upon entry at the Airport.


For Example:


     
   

Best Regards,


Amit Acco, Senior Partner, amit@ktalegegal.com


KAN-TOR & ACCO 

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Disclaimer: The content herein is provided for information purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. Readers are advised not to act upon the contained information without professional advice. No portion of this newsletter may be reproduced without express permission. © Kan-Tor & Acco law firm


The COVID-19 information is gathered from various public media sources at the courtesy of KTA to its clients and website visitors. Due to the rapid, sometimes daily changes in policy, we urge any traveler to get updated at the official government website before planning or taking any international travel to or from Israel.

 
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