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Entry ban for non-Israelis extended to October 1

Restrictions don’t apply to passport-holders from countries with low infection rates; exceptions given to yeshiva students, nuclear relatives of those celebrating life-cycle events

Travelers head to the departure area at Ben Gurion Airport on August 17, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Travelers head to the departure area at Ben Gurion Airport on August 17, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

JTA — Non-Israeli passport holders who do not come from countries with low coronavirus infection rates will be banned from entering the country until at least October 1.

The United States is among those not on the so-called green list of countries with low infection rates.

Among non-citizens who can enter the country are nuclear family members of Israelis having lifecycle events such as births and weddings. In addition, thousands of yeshiva and university students have entered Israel in recent days for the start of the school year.

All Israelis and non-citizens entering the country must go into a two-week isolation, except those that arrive from countries with low infection rates, such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and Germany.

The Israel Airport Authority made the announcement on extending the ban on Sunday.

Israel has banned entry for non-citizens since early March, though a plan is set to be introduced by the end of the month that would allow the entry of foreign tourists.

In recent months, Israel has worked to loosen some restrictions while preserving others, creating a patchwork of policies that have left Jews worldwide confused  about whether they can visit Israel, and what is required to enter the country.

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