Israel's Ministry of Economy & Industry and Population & Immigration Authority to Allow Entry of Business Visitors from both “Green” and “Red” Countries

November 2nd 2020

After implementing a procedure allowing business visitors from “green” countries to enter Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry (MOCI) and the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority have issued a new procedure, allowing for the submission of entry applications by business visitors from “red” countries as well.

The New “Red” Countries Rule

Under the new rule, non-Israeli business travelers arriving from “red” countries who wish to enter Israel may request to do so on the following conditions: no more than four days in Israel; invitation by an Israeli company; an urgent economic business need; vital contribution not only to the parties but also to the economy; no virtual alternative to the physical visit; negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to boarding the flight; and maintaining limitations while in Israel including quarantine at all times other than while conducting the business activities.

The Existing “Green” Countries Rule

Under the existing “green” countries rule, leave to enter will be granted under the following conditions: an urgent economic business need; no more than seven days in Israel; invitation by an Israeli company; vital contribution to the parties or to the economy; no virtual alternative to the physical visit; no visit to a “red” country during the preceding 14 days (connecting through a “red” country allowed if staying only at the airport and for no more than 12 hours). If terms are met quarantine is not required.

For questions relating to entry permits for business visitors, please contact our team; we will be happy to assist.

Applications to the IMOC can be filed here.

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