The State of Israel opened its borders to vaccinated foreign tourists on November 1, after a period of more than one and a half years during which tourists were barred from entering the country. Now, just four weeks after reopening, Israel is once again slamming its borders shut to foreigners.

In response to the new Omicron variant, Israel’s Corona cabinet has decided to, once again, bar all entry by non-citizens. This new edict will be in effect for 14 days, beginning tomorrow night (between Sunday and Monday) at midnight. It is presumed that foreigners who reside in Israel (visa holders) will also be included in the ban. Hence, foreign residents of Israel who find themselves abroad at this time should consider hastening their return to Israel. Similarly, foreign residents who were intending to travel abroad for Chanuka may wish to reconsider their plans.

At this time, it is unknown if those in the air, en route to Israel at the time the ban takes effect will be permitted to enter Israel. Similarly, it is unclear if those holding Entry Permits will be allowed to travel to Israel once the ban takes effect.

In a related development, Israelis returning from abroad, even if vaccinated, will now be required to quarantine for three days upon landing. They will be allowed to exit quarantine after receiving a negative Covid result on the third day.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. According to Israeli media, if you are reading this and not already at the airport, don’t bother calling Uber, since a flights leaving on Sunday will not arrive prior to the Sunday midnight deadline. Presumably, you will be getting an alert from your airline in the next few hours, if you have not received one already.

  2. To whoever write this article: Why would you post something that has not been verified with the Government. its not a fear thing to make ppl crazy when the government them self has said anything or updated there website. Neither does the airport know! Plz think twice before posting such thing which create havoc in ppls lives.