YWN has been informed by the Chaim V’Chessed organization on Wednesday evening that the Interior Ministry suddenly retracted permission for single students to enter Israel.
In recent weeks, the Interior Ministry had developed a program for educational institutions to obtain entry permits for their students to enter Israel. Many yeshivah bochurim have already applied for these permits and received them. Dozens of bochurim are already en route to Israel.
On Wednesday, the Interior Ministry suddenly reversed its decision and not only will the entry permits not be issued anymore to single students but even the permits already issued are now void. If bochurim arrive in Israel with the permit, they will be denied entry into the country.
According to Chaim V’Chessed, only students already airborne at this time will be allowed to enter Israel.
Married student and their families will still be able to receive entry permits and use already issued entry permits to enter Israel
Parents of single bochurim should NOT send their children to Israel at this time, even with proper visas.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri sent a letter to Roshei Yeshivas, saying: “Due to the deterioration of the coronavirus in Israel, I’m unfortunately forced to halt the entry of single talmudei yeshivos,” adding that avreichim with families will still be allowed entry into Israel according to the pre-existing arrangement.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)