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:
- January 24, press release: https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/spoke_joint240121
- Israeli Ministry of Health: https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/
Actions to Take:
- All U.S. citizens should register in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
- Visit the Internal Revenue Service Coronavirus Tax Relief sitefor the most up-to-date information regarding economic impact payments and other tax information.
- Consult the CDC websitefor the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis pageon travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Information about local conditions related to COVID-19 is also available from the S. Embassy in Jordanand the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
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