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Israel Reopens the Skies for Foreign Experts and Businessmen

Further to the decline of the Covid-19 spread in Israel after the successful vaccination rollout, Israel has announced changes in foreign entry policy into the country, which will allow, among others, the regular entry of foreign experts and businessmen. These reliefs come after several months in which the state borders were almost completely closed to foreigners. According to the new policy, foreign experts' entry into the country will be approved, subject to the approval of the relevant government ministry. Also, entry of foreign workers' in the agriculture and construction industries will be approved, including the entry of foreign workers who visited their home...

COVID-19 Alert: Israel Bans the Entry of Foreigners

In light of the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the discovery of a new mutation of the virus, the Israeli government has decided that as of December 23, 2020, the entry of foreigners into Israel will be banned. Further to this decision, the Population and Immigration Authority published guidelines regarding exceptional cases in which foreigners will be allowed to enter the country despite the ban. One of the exceptions stipulates that the entry of experts will be approved however entry will be restricted to the minimum number of entrants necessary...

COVID-19: Entry of Foreign Executives and Businesspeople

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 Israel imposed significant restrictions on foreign nationals' entry into Israel. As a general rule, the entry of foreigners into Israel is prohibited, except for a limited list of exceptional cases (for further details please see "COVID-19: exceptional cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will allow foreigners to enter Israel"). Due to the restrictions, managers and businesspeople without a work visa could not enter Israel for business visits...

Supreme Court Orders Cancellation of Automatic Sick Leave Certificates for Quarantined Employees

In March, due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Ministry of Health established that an employee required to quarantine at home in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines would automatically receive a sick leave certificate which could present to the employer and receive sick pay for the quarantine period. The rule was regulated in light of the fear of the increased transmission rate of the coronavirus and the resulting surge of employee visits to public health clinics. However, in a precedent setting ruling, the Supreme Court recently held that automatic sick leave certificates would no longer be issued to employees so required to quarantine...

COVID-19: Exceptional Cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will Allow Foreigners to Enter Israel

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as of March 2020, Israel prohibited foreign nationals from any country from entering its borders, including citizens who held any kind of visa. Only foreign residents who could prove that their 'life centre' was in Israel could enter the country. In June 2020 the Population and Immigration Authority published a list of exceptional cases in which it will allow foreigners into the country...
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