Israel announces two-week home quarantine for citizens arriving from Egypt and closes Taba crossing point March 8.
Severity: Informational Alert
This alert began 09 Mar 2020 02:41 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Travel restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings, increased immigration wait times
Israeli authorities announced March 8 that they have closed the Taba crossing point with Egypt and imposed orders for citizens returning from Egypt to self-quarantine at home for two weeks. Authorities have 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 World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency. As of March 8, Israeli authorities have confirmed at least 39 cases of COVID-19.
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. 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.