Israel's Ban on Incoming Foreign Travelers Extended Until May 31

Due to the pandemic, individuals without citizenship or residency remain temporarily barred from entering the country unless they receive special permission from the immigration authority

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Israel will not be reopening its borders to foreign citizens until at least June as coronavirus-related restrictions remain in effect, although the country has started to reopen its economy.   
The Israel Airports Authority on May 12 informed airlines operating from Ben Gurion Airport that the country's ban on non-citizen, non-resident incoming travelers has been extended until May 31.
Those who are not citizens or residents of Israel will not be granted entry, even for connecting flights, unless they receive special permission from the Population and Immigration Authority. 
Israel's coronavirus restrictions also require all citizens or non-citizen residents to go into quarantine for two weeks upon their return.
Although the ban on incoming foreign travelers remains in effect, the fact that it was only extended until the end of the month could be a signal that Israel is moving closer to reopening its borders. A number of countries that have had success in dealing with the pandemic are said to be considering allowing visitors from countries with similar coronavirus risk profiles. 

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