FAQs on Isolation

Who is required to go into isolation, what are the criteria for an isolation benefit, and how can you shorten the isolation length?

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The goal of isolation is to stop the infection and to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a highly contagious virus.

If you have even the slightest suspicion that you have been infected, the only way to protect those dearest to you and others is to stay in isolation.

It is the responsibility by each and every one of us to make sure that we do not endanger other people's health and lives.

The order to isolate and to stay in isolation is in accordance with the directive by the Ministry of Health's Director General.

• People who display symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19
• People who have had close contact with a confirmed case and are unvaccinated or never been infected (noninfected)
• People who arrive in Israel from abroad
• People who care for a person unable to be alone in isolation who are unvaccinated and noninfected
• People with a borderline-positive result on a PCR test
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Requirements for isolation at home

In most cases, no. Most recovered or vaccinated people have antibodies for COVID-19, so they are exempt from isolation.

However, the following cases must still go into isolation:

  • If you take a PCR test and receive a positive result, despite previous vaccination or recovery.
  • If you develop symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, it is recommended that you take a PCR test and avoid close contact with other people until you receive your test result.

Common symptoms include: Body temperature is 38 degrees Celsius or higher, cough, trouble breathing, new loss of taste or smell, muscle fatigue.

Some cases might receive a special order from a District Physician, the Chief Public Health Services Executive, or the Ministry of Health's Director General to go into isolation, despite vaccination or recovery, if you meet one of the conditions below:

  • You have had close contact with a confirmed case infected with a COVID-19 variant of concern, or there is suspicion that you have had close contact in an extraordinary infection setting.
  • You have had close contact with a confirmed case and you regularly attend a facility with older adults aged 65 and older, people with pre-existing conditions, or unvaccinated people, or people with know low vaccine effectiveness.
  • You have had close contact with a confirmed case on board an aircraft.

Close contact means exposure for more than 15 minutes at a distance of 2 meters or less.

In case of isolated individuals who are unable to stay in isolation unsupervised (for example: Children under 12, people with disabilities or older adults who have difficulty caring for themselves), it is necessary to select a regular chaperone who will assist them throughout their isolation period. It is recommended that the chaperone will be under 65 and without pre-existing conditions.

(In accordance with the criteria for COVID certificate eligibility) are not required to stay in isolation.

A child under 12 who is ordered to isolate requires adult supervision. However, vaccinated or recovered parents (in accordance with the criteria for COVID certificate eligibility) are not required to stay with their children for the entire isolation period. If both parents are vaccinated or recovered, they may take turns supervising the child.

The law requires you to report to the Ministry of Health that you are going into isolation in two cases: 

  • If you have had close contact with a confirmed case
  • If you care for a person who is unable to stay alone in isolation

You can send a report in one of these two ways:

  • Fill out an online form – report of isolation
  •  Call the Ministry of Health's calling service at *5400

You do not need to report your isolation address if you are a confirmed COVID-19 case, if you receive a borderline-positive result on a PCR test, or if you have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19.

If you arrive in Israel from abroad, fill out the entry statement form instead of the online isolation form (unless you are explicitly instructed to fill out a separate form). 

Those who are isolated may not leave their home or the room in their home where they stay during isolation, and they must follow the Ministry of Health's detailed guidelines.

Home isolation guidelines

Other household members may go on with their daily life. However, they must not enter the room where the isolated person stays, they need to keep the house well ventilated, wash their hands frequently and avoid sharing personal articles and utensils with the isolated person.

Home isolation requirements 

If you have been absent from work because you were in isolation, you are eligible for isolation allowance from your employer for these days, from which a certain number of sick days will be deducted, according to the calculation formula set by the law. For exact calculation, you should contact the wages department in your workplace.

Detailed information on how to get the isolation benefit

Isolation shortening is available only if you are instructed to go into isolation for the following reasons:

  • Close contact with a confirmed case, including caring for persons who are unable to care for themselves
  • Upon arriving in Israel from abroad

You can have your isolation shortened if you receive a negative test result on a PCR test taken on the 7th day of isolation or later, and only if you meet all of the criteria.

How to shorten isolation

You may not reduce isolation in the following cases:

  • If you develop symptoms during isolation, you must stay in isolation and test again.
  • If there is an additional reason for your isolation requirement, you must stay in isolation and consult the Ministry of Health's calling service at *5400.

You may leave the isolation site to take a PCR test and you do not need to request a permit for exceptional leave. However, leaving the isolation site is only permitted if the isolated person feels well and does not have any symptoms consistent with coronavirus (fever of 38 degrees Celsius or higher, coughing, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, muscle fatigue) for at least 48 hours before leaving.
In case of symptoms, you must travel by a private vehicle to the facility where PCR tests are administered, preferably a facility where a drive-in option is available.
While outside the isolation site, you must follow the guidelines below.

While on a one-off exit during isolation, you must follow the rules

 

To go to an urgent medical examination, you must contact your physician and ask for a permit for exceptional leave during isolation.
While outside the isolation site, you must follow the guidelines below.

While on a one-off exit during isolation, you must follow the rules

Medical emergencies that need to be taken to a hospital – call an ambulance and mention that a person in isolation or a confirmed case is involved. A person in isolation can also be taken to a hospital in a private car (but not by public transportation).

While on a one-off exit during isolation, you must follow the rules

There are certain cases in which you may receive a permit for exceptional, one-time leave from isolation, for example, in order to go to a funeral, to a family event, to an examination and more. In such cases, you must fill in the request form for an exceptional leave from isolation.
While outside the isolation site, you must follow the guidelines below.

List of cases in which you may request an exceptional leave during isolation
Fill in the request form for exceptional leave during isolation