Nobody likes isolating but in certain cases this is the only way to protect those dearest to you and to avoid infecting others

Exceptional Leave during Isolation

In principle, it is forbidden to leave the isolation site during the entire isolation period. However, there are certain exceptional cases where such leave is permitted: 

  • Leaving the isolation site in order to take a PCR test or an antigen test at an authorized testing site: Does not require an exceptional leave permit, but you are required to follow the guidelines below.
  • Leaving the isolation site in order to receive an urgent medical test: If you have an urgent medical test, you need to contact your physician and ask for an exceptional leave permit.
  • Leaving the isolation site in order to go to the hospital due to a medical emergency: You need to call an ambulance and during the dispatch call, to disclose the fact that the person being driven to the hospital is a person in isolation or a confirmed patient.
  • Leaving the isolation site for exceptional cases: According to the list below. In these cases, you need to file a request form for exceptional leave during isolation, or to call the Ministry of Health's calling service at *5400.

Please note: You may not leave the isolation site in order to be vaccinated. The efficacy of the vaccine is not compromised even if there is a gap of more than 3 weeks between the two vaccine doses.

 

In what cases may I file a request for exceptional leave during isolation?

In case of a confirmed COVID-19 case

  • Attending a Funeral: first degree relatives can attend a funeral.
  • Visiting a dying relative: first degree relative only.

In case of close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or after arrival to Israel from another country

  • Attending a Funeral: first degree relatives, and grandchildren can attend a funeral.
  • Attending a wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah: first degree relative only, and only for those who were ordered to isolate due to close contact with a confirmed patient.
  • Attending the circumcision ceremony: a first degree relative, only for those who were ordered to isolate due to close contact with a confirmed patient or due to returning from abroad.
  • Visiting a dying relative: a first degree relative or a close acquaintance.
  • Accompanying a relative who is undergoing surgery or treatment in a hospital.
  • Attending an exam - the request must be submitted by the manager of the institution at which the examination is administered.
  • Moving from one isolation site to another, one-time permit.
  • Traveling abroad, in humanitarian cases only.
  • In cases of individuals on the autism spectrum disorder, leaving the isolation site to get fresh air.

File a request form for exceptional leave during isolation

 

Receiving a permit for exceptional leave during isolation

  • A permit for exceptional leave during isolation will be sent to the email address of the person requesting the leave.
  • The permit given is one-time only, except for the permit for individuals on the autism spectrum disorder to leave the isolation site to get fresh air. The permit is only meant for its intended purpose, and on the date specified in the permit.
  • The permit does not constitute a certificate attesting to the shortening or end of the isolation period.
  • This permit is only valid on the condition that no symptoms that may be consistent with coronavirus have appeared.

 

Guidelines for exceptional leave during isolation

  • The isolated person may only leave the isolation site if they feel well and do not have any symptoms that may be 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 the isolation site.
    In case of symptoms, the isolated person is required to drive a private vehicle to a drive-in site to take a PCR test.
  • Masking – Masking is required at all times when outside the isolation site.
  • Distancing – Avoid physical contact with others and maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from other people.
  • Driving a private vehicle – The ride from the isolation site to the testing site and back shall only be in a private vehicle driven by the isolated person, without additional passengers.
    If the isolated person is unable to drive, and they need to be driven by another person to the testing site both driver and passenger are required to wear masks at all time when outside the isolation site. During the ride, the isolated person will be seated in the back seat of the car and the windows of the vehicle will remain open. If the isolated person requires to take multiple tests, they need to be driven by the same driver. In any case, it is strictly forbidden to travel by public transportation, including by domestic flights to Eilat. They are also required to return to the isolation site immediately after the test, in the same manner.
    Those who are unable to drive and have no one else to drive them may take a taxi.
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