International travelers denied usage of Ben Gurion Airport's train station from March 11. Further travel restrictions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 16:51 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 11
  • Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings, increased immigration wait times

Summary
International travelers arriving at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) will be denied access to its train station from March 11. Domestic travelers, aircrew, and airport staff will be permitted access, upon showing valid travel permits or flight tickets.

On March 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that all arrivals to Israel will be required to self-quarantine at home for two weeks. The quarantine order is effective for Israelis as of 2000 March 9 and for foreigners as of 2000 March 12. Foreigners will be required to demonstrate that they have adequate accommodations to self-quarantine or they will be barred from entry. Netanyahu stated that the order will be effective for two weeks.

Israeli authorities previously announced March 8 that they closed the Taba crossing point with Egypt. Authorities also barred the entry of foreigners who have traveled to Egypt within the past 14 days, in addition to those who have traveled to Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.

The travel restrictions come amid the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. The purpose of the measure is to prevent the spread of the disease. The WHO has declared the virus a global health emergency. As of March 9, Israeli authorities have confirmed at least 42 cases of COVID-19.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Israel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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