Israel mandates two-week home quarantine for travelers arriving from France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Austria beginning March 4.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 04 Mar 2020 19:47 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 4
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; increased immigration wait times likely

Summary
The Israeli Ministry of Health announced March 4 that travelers entering Israel from France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Austria will be required to self-quarantine at home for two weeks. The Ministry also prohibited gatherings of more than 5,000 people and has urged Israelis to avoid nonessential travel abroad. The government has also barred foreigners who have traveled to China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Italy within the past 14 days from entering the country.

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 4, Israeli authorities have confirmed at least 15 cases of COVID-19.

Advice
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.

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