By Amit Acco, Partner

The Israeli government published regulations for permitting foreign national business personnel entry. This new version of the exception is more lenient than the previously advised exceptions. It is not yet clear if the regulation will allow business visits from red countries.

The Ministries of Health and Economics are once again, permitting companies to submit applications for travel exemptions under extraordinary circumstances, for business persons during the current entry ban.

In this capacity, applications can be submitted for the entry of a foreign business person. Permitted activities must be of a pure business nature (for example negotiations, signing a contract on new transactions for procurement, sales or investments in Israel, etc.). An application of this nature should not be submitted for visits of a technical and/or engineering nature.

It is mandatory to attach a clear photocopy of the visitor’s certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination or a COVID-19 recovery certificate, originated by an official body in the country of origin of the intended visit, to the application.

Official government processing time is up to 20 days.

If approved by the Ministry of Health, the entry of the foreign business person man will be permitted, subject to the various COVID-19 restrictions provided by the Ministry of Health, including but not limited to the individual’s Eligibility for a Green Pass and isolation requirements.

Although no specific process guidelines were provided as to distinctions made between arrivals from red and orange countries, it is expected that business visitors from red countries will not be allowed to travel to Israel unless they have stayed in the orange country for at least 14 days immediately preceding travel to Israel.


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