Israel halts all air traffic to and from the country due to COVID-19

The Israeli Cabinet, on January 24, 2021 , approved the proposal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Transportation Minister Miri Regev to halt flights to and from Israel:

1. A ban on incoming planes to Israel except for cargo flights, firefighting flights and flights for emergency medical evacuation

2. A temporary restriction on permits for operating Israeli airlines

3. A reduction in exceptions for departure by air to outside Israel so as to include the following cases only: Medical treatment, judicial proceedings to which the person is a party or must participate in, or the funeral of a close relative.

The Health Ministry Director General and the Transportation Ministry Director General are entitled to approve exceptional requests for departure abroad on humanitarian grounds or special personal need. The ban on departing by flight also applies to flights on private Israeli planes.

The regulations will take effect at 24:00 on Monday, January 25, 2021) in order to allow travelers, airlines and airports to prepare. The ban on the entry of foreign planes to Israel will not apply to flights that take off before the regulations take effect. The regulations will be in effect until January 31, 2021.

This measure affectively grounds most El Al Israel Airlines passenger flights.

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