Corona Virus Emergency Information
Israel has begun a gradual return to normalization regarding COVID-19.
The following are the most recent instructions published by the Government, as of May 20 2020.
The Government has just released a new list qualification as commercial businesses and educational institutions are returning. Some of the ongoing restrictions and instructions are set to a strategic health standard. The reason for this is to minimize contact between people and as such reduce the risk of exposure to a second wave of the COVID-19 virus. Below are a few examples of guidelines you should stick to in order to keep the virus from spreading further.
The most recent instructions include the following:
- You must wear a mask in ALL indoor and outdoor public spaces if you around other people – this does not apply to children under 6.
- There is no longer a restriction to remain 100 m of your personal residence.
- Gatherings of 50 people can happen in outdoor spaces (on the 31st of May this will be extended to 100 people).
- Public parks are still not permitted.
- Beaches have been permitted.
- It is permitted to use of an elevator up to one half the elevator’s capacity in a building that has more than 5 stories.
- Prayer groups (Minyanim) are now permitted indoors as long as the distance requirement (2 meters between participants) can be kept and with a maximum of 50 individuals as long as the space allows.
- Stores and Malls are allowed to open. Businesses are to keep a count of the customers in the store at all times. The number of persons permitted in a business is permitted as long the ratio of one (1) person per 15 square meters is not exceeded (not including the parking lot). The store must mark the distance between registers and put a physical divider between lines to the registers.
- Mall operators may not permit sitting for the purpose of eating by visitors. Restaurants may only have takeaway or delivery services offered.
- Museums are now permitted to open. Museums can permit entry to 1 person per 15 sq Meters. No Children play areas or exhibits will be open.
- Pools are still banned from regular operations but may now operate for the purpose of training by competitive athletes and therapeutic pools may operate for the purpose of hydrotherapy.
- Only 2 persons (other than persons living together) may travel together in a vehicle. However, in a vehicle with more than one back seat (i., minivans), an additional passenger may be added as long as there is only one passenger per bench/row.
- Taxicabs are permitted. One passenger per bench or the transport of persons living together, provided that such passengers sit in the rear seats with the taxi’s windows open.
- Citizens can seek psychological treatment without wearing a mask, provided that a distance of three (3) meters is maintained between patient and therapist.
The Justice Ministry has publicized an FAQ regarding the restrictions and fines for disobeying them. Find it here.
The Police has published a list of fines for those disobeying the current guidelines. Find it here.
Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding the current regulations and restrictions.If you are looking for information and cannot find it below, please contact us at NBN Answers *3680, or by email Answers@nbn.org.il.
This is one of the most common questions we receive at this time.
For an accurate answer, contact your Aliyah advisor as it depends on many factors.
The Jewish Agency has announced they will not be issuing Aliyah Visas until July 1st, 2020. Although if you already have your Aliyah Visa, if you have everything else in place you should be able to make Aliyah at this time.
You must also consider the regulations regarding Corona hotel quarantine. See the next Question for more info.
While NBN is fully operational and we will be happy to assist you with your Aliyah application, all Jewish Agency for Israel offices are officially closed. All interviews have been cancelled.
The Jewish Agency has begun video conference interviews, in order to allow potential Olim to once again move ahead with their plans. Although, Visas are still not being issued at this time at least until July 1st,2020.
The government has amended the regulations for anyone arriving in Israel. New arrivals will have the option of carrying out a home isolation as long as they can prove you have an adequate place to isolate in, your own home, a rental apartment or unit. You may not isolate in a location with others.
If you do not have the option to self isolate, or if you are unwilling to sign the isolation declaration committing to isolating, you will be brought to a Corona hotel. If you are arriving with your family you will receive rooms to accommodate your whole family. This is not a resort, you will receive 3 meals a day but this is isolation and you will be forced to stay indoors during this time.
In order to submit an appeal for home isolation, fill this online form.
If this is approved, and only then, you must submit the Ministry of Health home isolation form.
You must submit these forms and receive approval for them both before departure.
On May 5th the Government has cancelled the distance limit from ones home and once again allowed gatherings in open spaces of up to 20 people.
The limit for gatherings has gone up to 50 people.
2 meter distance between participants is a must and the gathering must take place outdoors. Masks must be worn by all participants.
On May 5th the Government has cancelled the distance limit from ones home.
All Visas of the following categories, that expired as of March 12th, 2020 have been automatically extended until Jun 30th, 2020.
- A5 (temporary residents)
- B1 general (work visa and general) (Nursing care, agriculture, chefs and experts)
- A1 (provisional status for eligible students)
- A2 (students / students) and yeshiva students
- A3 clerics
- A4 (ancillary to A2 and A3)
- B4 volunteer
B2 tourist visas can be extended in certain cases. Appointments are not available for Visa extensions. In order to extend your B2 visa you may just walk in to apply for extension in Misrad Hapnim’s offices. For more info, click here.
For more information and updates from Misrad Hapnim, visit their Corona updates page, here.
The time limit for driving in Israel on a foreign license has been extended. Anyone whose 1 year of driving is due to end between March 10 and May 10 will automatically be able to drive in Israel on their foreign license for another 2 months from this date.
Currently only Israeli citizens may enter the country, with one exception; Olim will continue to be able to enter Israel if they hold a valid Aliyah visa.
Student visa holders may receive approval to enter Israel if they show proof of their studies are beginning.
If you do not qualify for entry at this time and would like to appeal to enter Israel, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Restaurants are offering food deliveries. Takeout and self pick-up options have been reinstated, although sit down is still forbidden at this time.
Sit-down is expected to be permitted either on May 31st or June 14th 2020.
Entry to beaches has been reinstated. The distance requirement must be kept.
The Government has approved the reopening of Malls and Marketplaces under a list of guidelines.
There is no sit down eating option at the eateries, otherwise things are returning to the way they were pre-Corona.
Museums have been opened under the following restrictions:
- One visitor per 15 sq meters (160 sq feet).
- Distance must be kept between visitors.
- No children exhibits or play areas will be open.
Up to 2 people can share a car ride (not including those who share a household). This does not apply to those who work in essential professions who are travelling to work.
Prayer groups (Minyanim) are now permitted indoors as long as the distance requirement (2 meters between participants) can be kept and with a maximum of 50 individuals as long as the space allows.
Keeping the above guidelines in mind, ask your local Rabbi for his instructions for your community.
Weddings are now allowed up to 19 participants, and as long as the required distance is kept between participants.
The government has set regulations for the easing of the restrictions and slowly re-opening educational institutes for special education.
Non special education schooling schedules are expected to commence for Ganim (pre-school) for ages 3-6, and School, grades 1st through 3rd and 11th-12th on Sunday May 3rd, 2020. Grades 4th and above will continue virtually for now and each school will send guidelines and schedules to it’s students.
In the special education schools or groups that will open, there will be no group activities or eating together.
The groups will consist of 1 teacher and 3 students keeping to all of the regulations, including: tracking temperature and symptoms, personal hygiene including washing hands and disinfecting spaces and handles every set period of time and wearing masks.
The Ministry of Transportation is reducing the amount of bus lines running going forward, only essential lines to get people to shopping centers for food and medications and other essentials, or medical centers will be running. For more info on which lines will be running and how often, see here https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/two_trips_an_hour_at_most.
It is recommended to avoid public transportation when possible.
Taxis are still operational as per MOH limitations – only the driver and one passenger permitted.
The government has restricted the opening of businesses and have set very strict guidelines for those to conduct business and guidelines for their employees while keeping to distancing employees two meters apart and providing them with all needs that will help keep personal hygiene and prevent contact with others.
The government has extended the allowances for businesses who were allowed to have up to 15% of their workforce in the office. Now these businesses can have up to 30% of their workforce in the office.
This is as long as they stick to a very strict set of guidelines.
The business must appoint a Corona supervisor to observe these rules.
Personal hygiene must be kept and disinfecting must be done in set intervals.
Masks must be work in public spaces.
In open spaces physical divider must be erected between employees.
Up to 2 employees in any office up to 20 sq meters (215 sq feet).
Whoever can work from home should do so.
Explanatory signs must be put up in the workplace.
No gathering by the coffee machine or kitchenette.
No shared eating in a cafeteria.
Call 101 Magen David Adom and they will instruct you.
In order to be eligible for Unemployment after working in a Vital Work (Muadefet) job you must have worked for 6 months at least. The remaining 6 months of employment required to be eligible for Unemployment are taken from your active service.
For more info, see here.
There are numerous stores that will deliver groceries and pharmaceuticals to your home.
Shufersal – https://www.shufersal.co.il/online/he/
Rami Levy – https://www.rami-levy.co.il/he
Yesh Online – https://www.lamehadrin.co.il/pages/catalog.aspx?pid=22
Lev Echad, a National community crisis aid organization has volunteers throughout the country to assist with food delivery. There are English speakers to assist. Call- 02-676-2044.
Super Pharm – https://shop.super-pharm.co.il/
Be (Shufersal) – https://www.bestore.co.il/
ePharma – https://www.epharma.co.il/
Nervous about ordering online? Check out Sam’s super helpful video guide to shopping online.
For all employment questions and concerns, please see here.