Kudos to Dov Lipman's efforts!
WE DID IT!! NEW AIRPORT RULES AS OF TOMORROW
With thanks to פנינה תמנו שטה Pnina Tamano Shata who I have been in touch with on a daily basis and to מיכל קוטלר וונש Michal Cotler Wunsh who has been an incredible partner in this process the new rules are as follows:
On April 6, 2021, the Israeli Government updated its policy regarding the of entry of foreigners into Israel during the coronavirus period. The law will go into effect starting April 7th. Here are their new regulations:
Preliminary approval from the Population and Immigration Authority or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required before boarding an aircraft.
Entry to Israel will only be permitted if you have a negative PCR test result from 72 hours before leaving the country of origin, and you must take a PCR test on arrival to Israel
Apply to for an entry permit if you don’t have a PCR test
The entry of foreigners into Israel is subject to presentation of health insurance (including a section covering the coronavirus disease).
Foreign nationals leaving Israel before the end of their mandated isolation period without special permission will be in violation of the laws of the State of Israel and will not be approved entry to Israel on their return.
In the event of discrepancy between the procedures of the Population Authority and the mitigations specified above, the prevailing decision will be in accordance with the Authority's procedures.
Outbound and inbound air travel guidance and information - Ministry of Health
Entry of Foreign Nationals
Vaccinated or recovered foreigners - entry will be allowed in the following cases:
1. A citizen or permanent resident who lives abroad and has a first-degree family member in Israel can visit with his spouse and children In Israel, even if they are non-citizens.
2. A foreign resident who has a first-degree Israeli family member (citizen or permanent resident) staying in Israel may come with his/her spouse and children to visit Israel.
All foreigners wishing to enter Israel must prove vaccination or recovery (except infants up to age one year).
Proof of relationship will be made by checking the population registry and by presenting relevant notorized documents proving the family relationship. The applications must be submitted to the Bureau of the Population Administration or directly through the Israeli representative at the foreigner's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
Foreigners who are not vaccinated or recovered - entry will be allowed in the following cases:
A foreigner married to an Israeli citizen or permanent resident and their minor children who meet the following cumulative conditions:
Marriage is registered in the population registry
Proof of a real relationship
Applications must be submitted to theBureau of the Population Administration or directly through the Israeli representative at the place of the foreigner's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
2.Foreigners residing abroad who submitted a marriage application with an Israeli citizen or permanent residents will be allowed to enter after receiving approval from the Bureau ofPopulation and completing the relevant procedure (5.2.0009/Treatment5.2.0008).
3. Foreigners residing abroad and married to Israeli citizens or permanent residents as well as their minor children, will be allowed to enter and the accompanying minors by following the relevant procedure.
A. In cases where the spouses are abroad, the referral must be made directly to the Israeli representative. https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
B. Admission of minors staying abroad who are accompanying foreigners who are allowed in the country will also be permitted. Their entry will be permitted by the Population Administration Office in accordance with standard procedure
C. Minors who are not part of the standard procedure will not be allowed in.
4.Minor children of parents where one parent is an Israeli citizen living in Israel and the other parent is a foreigner living abroad, and the children live abroad: In these cases, the entry of the child to visit the Israeli parent will be approved after presenting birth certificate, original and a notorized copy), which proves the connection Israeli citizen, listing the child as an Israeli citizen, and the signing of the foreign parent to the consul a letter of consent authorizing the minor’s trip to Israel.The application should be made directly to the Israel Consular Service where they reside Https://go.gov.il/consularservices
The entry of Israeli foreign parents to a minor Israeli citizen who shares the child custody agreement, is also permitted. Apply to the local consular service: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
Foreign students who began their studies in Israel and are currently abroad - the application will be made by the student, through the Israeli representative at the place of the foreigner's residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices. On a one-time basis, students who are abroad and are returning after Pesach will be approved admission according to a closed list submitted by the MLAG for border control.
New and old yeshiva students who wish to begin their studies in Israel and are abroad - the application will be made by the yeshiva where they want to study, and not by yeshiva students, according to instructions sent to yeshiva heads and approved by the Ministry of Health. One-time permits for boarding and visas will be issued in a centralized manner by the Population and Immigration Authority for yeshiva students .
One-time, yeshiva students with valid visas who have stayed in Israel and traveled on vacation and have a recovered or vaccinated certificate will be approved.
Old and new participants for MASA and Naale Bagirim who wish to start the program - the application will be made by the program
Weddings - Attendance at a wedding of Israeli citizens, permanent residents or foreigners, whose center of life is lawfully in Israel - the parents of the bride or groom may enter according to the rules of isolation of the Ministry of Health. Additional close family members may enter only if they are vaccinated or recovered (according to sections 1 and 2 above). The application for entry will be made by contacting the Israeli representative office at the applicant's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices
Bar / Bat Mitzvah - Arriving at a Bar / Bat Mitzvah of an Israeli citizen will be approved for immediate family members only if they are vaccinated or recovered. The application will be made by contacting the Israeli representative office at the applicant's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
Births - Arrivals for births will be approved for first-degree relatives only if they are vaccinated or recovered. The application will be made by contacting the Israeli representative at the applicant's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
Funerals - Arriving at a funeral held in Israel, will be approved for first-degree mourners only (without the spouse) and for the funeral only (24 hours), participation in Shiva according to the isolation rules of the Ministry of Health. The application will be made by contacting the Israeli representative office at the applicant's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
Spouses, Siblingns, and Parents of Lone Soldiers - visting a lone soldier will be approved for spouses, parents and siblings. The application will be made by contacting the Israeli representative office at the applicant's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
Parents of National-Civil Service volunteers - Parents and siblings of "National-Civil Service" volunteers who live abroad and are interested in visiting Israel can apply through the Israeli representative office at their place of residencehttps://go.gov.il/consularservices
Entry of foreign businessmen - vaccinated foreign businessmen wishing to attend business meetings in Israel are required to present a permit from the Ministry of Economy. Unvaccinated business people are also required to receive the approval of the Ministry of Health. The application will be made by contacting the Israeli representative office at the applicant's place of residence: https://go.gov.il/consularservices.
Entry of foreign workers in the agriculture and construction industries - the entry of foreign workers in the agriculture and construction industries will be approved, including the entry of foreign workers who went on maternity leave.
Experts - The entry of essential experts with permits will be approved (according to an agreement received from the relevant government ministry).
Permission of departure of foreign experts to visit their homeland and their return to Israel - Foreign experts who wish to fly on a homeland vacation with their family members and have a one-year permit in hand, will approve their request to leave and return to Israel. The application for permission to re-enter will be submitted by the expert in the offices of the Population Administration before leaving Israel.
Artists, cultural figures and athletes - their entry will be approved subject to the recommendation of the Director General of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The application will be submitted to the offices of the Population Administration by the inviting body.
Volunteers in the field of welfare - The inviting organization will contact the relevant government office for a professional recommendation for the entry of foreign volunteers. The letter of recommendation, together with a name list of the guests, will be sent to the Population and Immigration Authority (email@example.com) for further treatment.
Volunteers in the field of agriculture - The inviting organization will contact the Ministry of Agriculture for a professional recommendation for the entry of volunteers. The letter of recommendation, together with a list of the names of the volunteers and a letter of approval from the Ministry of Health, will be sent to the Population and Immigration Authority (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further treatment.
Medical tourism - approval will be given in life-saving cases only with the approval of the director / deputy director of the hospital.
Clergy - The entry of A3 clerics and B4 veterans will be approved. It must be accompanied by the recommendation of the Testimony Division and approval by the Ministry of Health regarding the conditions of isolation.
Official passport holders (diplomatic and service) trained in Israel - Official passport holders trained in Israel will not be required to present a boarding pass, the instruction has been passed to the airlines.
Entry of foreign journalists - Foreign journalists who wish to enter Israel must have an application submitted for them by a representative of the Israeli media to the Bureau of the Population Administration together with an isolation declaration form. Journalists who come to a permanent job or for a period of one year or more, will also be asked to attach a recommendation from the Government Press Office (GPO). In cases where there is no representation of the media in Israel, the application must be submitted through an Israeli representative at the place of the journalist's stay.
Foreign Caregivers - the entry of foreign caregiver will be approved in accordance with the usual procedures, including the entry of foreign workers who went on maternity leave, caregiver will be required to be vaccinated upon arrival in Israel.
The isolation conditions for the vaccinated / recovered are to perform a serological test and released in accordance with the test results.