Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (January 25, 2021)

Location:  Israel

Event:  COVID-19 – Closure of Ben-Gurion Airport

The Israeli government announced updated entry restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.

  • Beginning Tuesday, January 26 at 12:00 a.m. and set to expire on Sunday, January 31, Ben-Gurion Airport will close to all travelers both entering and exiting Israel due to a ban on incoming flights.  Exceptions may be approved by a special committee for medical treatment, judicial proceedings to which the person is a party or must participate in, or the funeral of a close relative.  Please contact the Israeli government directly for more information.

Regulations related to COVID-19 have been subject to frequent change and we anticipate that continuing to be the case.  U.S. citizens in Israel are encouraged to visit the Israeli Ministry of Health’s website for the most up to date information.

Please see the following websites for more information:

Actions to Take: 



U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser St.
Telephone: +972-2-630-4000

U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv
71 HaYarkon St.
Tel Aviv
Telephone: +972-3-519-7575

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747or 202-501-4444
Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Country Information
Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Travel Advisory  
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