COVID-19 Travel to Israel information and UpdatesAnna Myatt2020-11-18T23:14:23+00:00
COVID-19 Travel to Israel Information and Updates
Stay Tuned, Stay Safe, Israel 2020
Post COVID-19 Travel to Israel has created many questions for travelers and it has been difficult to find a clear and easily available source of reliable information concerning travel to Israel for non-residents or tourists, to some degree, it is still so.
Beginning in March 2020, the State of Israel shut down all tourism activities in Israel, which led to the unfortunate cancellation and postponement of many tours and created uncertain circumstances for future tourists planning to come to the Holy Land. Post Covid-19 travel to Israel we hope till resume in September 2020. We are hoping to begin to see our Christian, Messianic and Catholic tour groups begin returning to although it is an ever-changing and situation.
For those of you who have travel plans to Israel or have an upcoming tour group to Israel in the coming months, Immanuel Tours have put together a summary of most up-to-date information on traveling to the Holy Land and what to expect when you get to Israel. We encourage you to bookmark this page and visit it often for the most up-to-date information regarding post Covid-19 travel to Israel.
***Immanuel Tours is pleased to provide information regarding traveling to Israel during the pandemic of Covid-19. We will strive to update this information as changes occur, however we do not guarantee any of the information on this page due to the frequently changing situation. Please confirm the information or speak to your tour operator for further clarification.***
PAGE INFORMATION UPDATED 11/9/2020
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Non-residents and tourists may not enter Israel at this point.
Currently and until further notice, non-residents or non-Israeli citizens arriving from anywhere in the world, will be refused entry to Israel.There are a few exceptions to this and applications for special cases are handled by the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs.Until the above restriction is lifted along with the lifting of compulsory 14 day quarantine, group travel or individual tours are not possible.
Israeli residents are now allowed to return without quarantine from Austria, Italy, Estonia, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Georgia, Germany, Denmark, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Slovenia, Finland, Canada, Cyprus, Croatia and Rwanda, Australia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Taiwan, Norway, Singapore, Portugal and Thailand.
Greece has recently been removed from the green-lit countries and will require a 2 week quarantine upon return.
The ability to carry out group tours to Israel will also depend on the transportation restrictions being lifted and our ability to provide passengers with buses which are cleaned to specification and provide it’s passengers access to disinfecting materials.We are currently following government instructions and if these will lack, we will develop our own and publish them here.
10/18/20- Restrictions on in-country travel will be lifted and people will be able to travel beyond the previous 1KM limit. Public transportation is available with 50% capacity.
Hotels are currently allowed to operate in a strictly room only or bed and breakfast with breakfast being served via room service. Many hotels are currently closed.
Currently Immanuel Tours offices in Israel are closed and work is being carried out by limited staff members from home.
Upon the opening up of the Israeli borders to international traffic, we plan to resume work under strict health and safety measures which will include among other things, checking of our staff temperature, disinfecting work environment and ensuring staff meeting with our suppliers or clientswear face masks as required.We are also in the process of developing an assessment of the suppliers we will use for our clients as per the Israeli Ministry of Health guidelines.
We guarantee to stay updated and act in real time according to all guidelines and regulations issued by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
As of October 18th, the restrictions on some sites have been lifted and they are reopening. The Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher and Al-Aqsa Mosque are re-opened with distancing measures and mask use. Beaches and national parks, including parks with Biblical interest such as; Ein Gedi, Caesarea Maritima, Beit She’an, Qumran, Tel Megiddo, Tel Dan and others are reopened with distancing measures in effect.
Restaurants and Cafes
All restaurants are closed for dining but are allowing takeout and delivery.
General Social Distancing
Currently wearing a face mask in public is compulsory.
Events such as a wedding, party, ceremony or organized tour will be permitted, with up to 10 people if indoors, or up to 20 if outdoors.
Worship, and that is, only prayer, shall be permitted (up to 10 people indoors and up to 20 outdoors). Worship in a house of prayer with more than the maximum number of people shall constitute a criminal offense, and each person present will be subject to a fine of NIS 500.
Schools are still closed, but preschools and kindergartens are able to reopen.
Companies who do not welcome customers and preschools are expected to be able to resume business.
Grocery Stores and Pharmacies are open.
People are allowed to visit other households as long as they are limited to 10 people inside and 20 outside.
Street accessed stores are now opened, except for stores located in an indoor mall or an outdoor mall including more than 20 stores or businesses. According to the regulations, up to 4 customers will be allowed into the store at once, and violating this limit will be deemed a criminal offense.
It is prohibited to attend or organize sporting events, conferences, conventions, festivals and art or entertainment shows.
Immanuel Tours is welcoming inquiries to join and plan tours for 2021 and beyond. Please contact us for more information. We hope to see you “Next Year in Jerusalem!”.
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