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Permission to Travel to a Country on the Red List

Travel from Israel to a country on the red list is forbidden for Israeli citizens and for permanent residents of Israel.

This guidance does not apply in the following cases: 

  1. Those who are neither Israeli citizens nor permanent residents in Israel
  2. International delegates
  3. Israeli emissaries leaving Israel as part of their duties, with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Director General.
  4. Air crew leaving Israel as part of their duties who carry an air crew certificate
  5. Departure from Israel in order to attend to essential needs pertaining to the State of Israel's foreign relations or security, with the approval of the Director Generals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense or the Prime Minister's Office.
  6. Journalists and media personnel leaving Israel as part of their duties.
  7. Stopping in a country on the red list as part of a connecting flight, on the condition that travelers do not leave the airport perimeter and stay within the airport for less than 12 hours.

In the following cases, it will be possible to depart to a country on the red list, if clearance is given by the Exceptions Committee:

  1. Departure to a permanent resident outside Israeli territories – travelers are required to submit a statement and supporting documents.
  2. Departure for purposes of an exceptional humanitarian or essential need, such as:
  • International travel for purposes of an essential medical procedure that cannot be postponed both for the person who requires said procedure and his or her caregiver (in case of a minor, both the minor's parents or a parent and another first degree relative may depart).
  • Attending the funeral of a first degree relative
  1. Departure of professional athletes for purposes of participating in a match, as well as the departure of a companion whose departure is required for their participation in the match, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Sport's Director General.
  2. Official emissaries by the national institutes, whose names have been communicated to the Exceptions Committee in advance by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration.

File a request for exceptional departure from Israel to the Exceptions Committee

After receiving the clearance for departure, you are required to follow the guidance for departure from Israel:

Leaving Israel by air

Leaving Israel by land

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