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Update on green countries and new procedure for business visitors from green countries

19 October 2020

Dear Clients and Colleagues,

On October 15, 2020, the Israeli government amended its Public Health Order (New Coronavirus) (Home Isolation and Various Instructions) (Temporary Instruction), Amendment No. 3 – 2020 (the “Order”), updating the list of “green countries,” from which individuals can enter Israel without mandatory self-isolation.
Under the current version of the Order, a citizen or a resident of Israel – or any other person who entered Israel with the Interior Minister’s approval – may return to Israel from the following countries without entering mandatory self-isolation upon entering the country if he or she provides an affidavit affirming that he or she stayed only in one or more of the listed countries during the 14 days prior to arrival to Israel (with newly-added countries bolded):

  • Australia
  • Uruguay
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Italy
  • Seychelles
  • Iceland
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Greece
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Serbia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Cuba
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Rwanda
  • Thailand

With respect to Ireland, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, and Jordan – if an Israeli citizen or resident returns to Israel from one of these countries and does so by no later than 22 October 2020, he or she may enter Israel without mandatory self-isolation.

The government will be updating this list every two weeks.

In addition, the Israeli government approved a new procedure allowing business visitors from green countries to enter Israel without mandatory self-isolation by requesting an entry approval. Based on our inquiries, we understand that the government will approve only applications for visits of up to 7 days.

We also received information suggesting that, in the near future, the government will establish procedures for entry by business visitors from non-green countries for visits of up to 4 days, without self-isolation.

We will, of course, continue to update you on further developments and would be happy to assist in providing counsel on these or other matters.

The Labour and Employment Department
Herzog Fox & Neeman

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