Israel bars entry to foreigners with recent travel to Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore beginning Feb. 20.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 18 Feb 2020 20:34 GMT and is scheduled to expire 28 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Feb. 20
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
The Israeli government will bar any foreigners who have traveled to Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, or Singapore within the 14 days prior from entering the country starting Feb. 20. Travelers from these locations had previously been required to self-quarantine at home for two weeks after entry. The new restrictions follow an edict that banned foreigners with recent travel to China from entering Israel, which went into effect Jan. 31.

The bans come amid the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread of the disease. The WHO has declared the virus a global health emergency.

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 traveling 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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