With airport closed, government lays out exceptions to enter country

A government panel led by Minister Yuval Steinitz says Israelis can enter the country only for the following reasons during the ongoing closure of the airport:

  • Essential medical treatment that cannot be delayed.
  • Attending a funeral of a first-degree relative.
  • If a first-degree relative is in an accident or suffers “a sudden injury.”
  • For essential workers in Israel, if they cannot work remotely.
  • Diplomatic and government representatives who left Israel for a short time.

The panel will also weigh additional humanitarian exceptions.

The rules are reported by Channel 12.

Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel’s sole international airport, is to remain mostly closed until Sunday to avoid the import of virus mutations.

The check-in desk for Israel’s flag carrier El-Al at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, January 25, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)
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