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Return to Israel from a red country" for Visa Holders: Exception Announced

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Interior today, foreign nationals with a valid visa* who left Israel before the country they’re in was classified “red”. Please see below list of countries and dates of red classification.

  • Eligible foreign nationals will be allowed to return to Israel after presenting a special entry permit before boarding the plane, and by complying with the isolation requirements of the Ministry of Health.
  • A valid visa includes a B-1 work visa + multiple entry visa, and dependents with a B-2 visitor visa and multiple entry visas.
  • Special entry permits that were issued prior to the country becoming red are no longer valid. As a result, a new special entry permit to board the plane should be applied for and obtained at the Ministry of Interior in Israel.

Countries were classified “red” on the following dates:

  • December 22: United States, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Canada, and Turkey.
  • December 20:  France, Spain, UAE, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, and Finland 
  • December 16: UK, Denmark 
  • November 27: Most African countries

According to the current isolation requirements, “Those vaccinated and recovered can isolate at home on the condition that they agree to be tracked by technological means. If they refuse to be tracked by technological means, they will have to stay in a managed isolation facility for the entire duration of isolation”.

Important Note:

This new exception was obtained as a result of KTA's appeal to the Ministry of Interior, with a request to resolve issues arising for their clients and foreign national employees and families. We expect other exceptions to follow.  

KTA will continue to report on new exceptions as they come by. We also urge our clients to contact their client manager at KTA in any entry-related issue they have, to allow our team to examine the available options.


Best Regards,

Amit Acco, Senior Partner ,


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