Israel To Allow Entry To Parents Of Pregnant Women, Grandparents Of Chassan/Kallah

Illustrative. People wearing protective face masks arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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Foreign nationals with daughters in Israel who are due to give birth will be allowed to enter Israel a week before the due date, the Interior Ministry’s office announced on Tuesday morning.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked requested that the Health Ministry provide an exemption to entry restrictions for parents of pregnant women following a campaign by olim last week, who called out Shaked for allowing Miss Universe candidates to enter Israel next week while barring their own mothers from entering Israel to support them during birth.

The new policy will go into effect on Sunday. The parents must be fully vaccinated and will have to comply with testing and quarantine rules.

Additionally, according to a notice by the Yad L’Olim organization on Monday, grandparents of Israeli citizens who are getting married will also be permitted entry into Israel as well as first-degree relatives of active lone soldiers.

Those in Israel can submit an application using the Interior Ministry link:

Those outside of Israel or in Israel can use the consulate link:

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. And based on prior experience with the implementation of such “entry bans” next it will be the kallah’s BFF from seminary, the choson’s chavrusah, and the uncle (who is also a mohel) of the pregnant mother. Before you know it the exceptions have swallowed the rule.

  2. What about the parents of pregnant men??? (So to speak) Israel is pretty enlightened, don’t they know that the man is also involved in the process of making a baby? Do men not have any rights in Israel??? Are they not also having a baby??? What about their parents being allowed in to support BOTH the man and the woman, the TWO parents of the child: it should all be good for expectant Moms and Dads and BOTH sets of parents!