The Novel Coronavirus - Israel Ministry of Health
Who is required to enter isolation?
1. Contact with a confirmed patientIn case of fever 38C (100.4F) or higher, cough, trouble breathing, or other respiratory symptom within 14 days after close contact with a confirmed patient, call your HMO clinic or HMO Hotline (if you are not medically insured, contact the Ministry of Health Hotline at *5400). If it is an emergency, call MDA Emergency Services at 101 or go to a hospital emergency ward.Close contact is defined as being within approximately 2 meters (6 feet) of a COVID-19 case for more than 15 minutes.If you entered home isolation, you must report to the Ministry of Health.
2. International travelers
All international travelers must enter 14-day isolation.
Upon arrival at an airport in Israel, international travelers must be able to prove they can enter isolation at home or another available dwelling in full compliance with the isolation guidance.
If you are unable to comply with home isolation guidance, you will be sent to a state-sponsored motel for isolation.
3. People with fever and respiratory symptoms
All people with a temperature of 38 Celsius or more and respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) must stay home for two days after the fever has dropped, even if they did not arrive from abroad, or did not have contact with a confirmed patient.
Return to routine
Update: May 25, 2020
To resume normal activities alongside COVID-19, adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines:
- Wear a face mask when you leave home
- Stay 2 meters from other individuals
- Avoid public spaces if you have fever or respiratory symptoms
- Wash hands often
- Follow the "Purple Badge" (Hebrew) guidelines at work and places of business
- Expected relief measures
- Preventing crowding
- Visiting first degree relatives
- Open space behavior guidelines
- Education and red areas
- Businesses, shops and services
- Employees and employers
- Healthcare services
- Populations at risk
- People with disabilities
- Traveling abroad
The Ministry of health frequently releases and updates the guidelines for the public in the new routine.
- On April 01 2020 Amendment 13 of the Emergency Regulations (Hebrew) for coping with the COVID-19 outbreak.
- On April 19 2020 relief measures of the Emergency Regulations (Hebrew) were released.
- On April 24 2020 the Government released further relief measures of the Emergency Regulations.
- On April 25 2020 an amendment of the Emergency Regulations permitted opening of certain businesses.
- On May 04 2020, more relief measures (Hebrew) were released and guidelines for gradual return.
- On May 10 2020, changes in the Emergency Regulations were approved.
- On May 15 2020, new regulations for reopening were approved.