Israel bars land and sea entry to foreigners with recent travel to China as of Jan. 31. Entry restrictions and health screenings likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 01 Feb 2020 17:08 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Jan. 31
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
The Israeli Ministry of Interior began imposing travel restrictions on foreigners with recent travel to China, Jan. 31. Foreigners with recent travel to China will be banned from entering the country until further notice. The ban comes amid the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. The ban does not apply to individuals who have a valid ticket for a flight that leaves Israel within six hours of the time they entered the country. Israeli citizens and permanent residents with recent travels to China will be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks at home. The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread of the disease. The World Health Organization (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 2019-nCoV, 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.