Israel mandates a two-week home quarantine for travelers arriving from Italy beginning March 1. Increased travel restrictions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 26 Feb 2020 20:24 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 1
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; increased immigration wait times likely

Summary
The Israeli Ministry of Health announced that travelers entering Israel from Italy will be required to self-quarantine at home for two weeks from March 1. The Ministry is urging Israelis to avoid non-essential travel abroad and to avoid international conferences or gatherings that bring together people from numerous countries. The Israeli government has barred foreigners who have traveled to China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, or Singapore within the 14 days prior from entering the country. Travelers from these locations had previously been required to self-quarantine at home for two weeks after entry.

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 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. 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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