The Novel Coronavirus - Israel Ministry of Health


Who is Required to Enter Home Isolation?

Publication date: 12/04/2020, 11:49 | Update date: 25/06/2020, 14:40


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 of the isolation guidance. 



If international travelers would like to enter home isolation, instead of motel isolation, they must make the following statements:

  1. They have the conditions to enter strict home isolation in full compliance with the isolation guidance at home or a dwelling completely separated from other tenants for the entire duration.
  2. They commit to not using public transportation to travel to the dwelling, except a single-passenger taxi, provided they sit in the back of the taxi with windows open (if family members arrive together and they all live in the same household, they may travel together as long as everyone sits in the back).
  3. They are fully aware of the fact that the Israel Police closely monitor those required to stay in home isolation for the entire duration, and if they are found to violate the above-mentioned requirements, the police may force them to move to state-sanctioned isolation (motel) for the remainder of the required duration and incur a NIS 5000 fine.
  4. If it turns out that the stated dwelling is not suitable for isolation, the District or HMO Physician may force them to move to state-sanctioned isolation (motel) for the remainder of the required duration.


Public transportation

International travelers (like other individuals who are required to enter isolation) are not allowed to travel by public transport, except taxis, and in accordance with the guidelines (wearing masks, open windows).


Foreign students

Foreign students should perform their isolation in facilities of their educational institution and not in a home setting. For more information please approach your educational institution.


Violation of guidelines

If you violate the isolation duty or travel by public transport, you will be fined and you will have to complete the full duration of isolation in a motel.


Moving from a motel to home

If you are already staying in a motel, and you can prove you can comply with the home-isolation guidance, you will be allowed to complete isolation at home.


Motel isolation

International travelers who cannot comply with home isolation guidance will be transferred to a motel at the expense of the State to complete 14-day isolation.

If you enter isolation, you must report to the Ministry of Health.

Public information regarding designated patient motels and quarantine complexes, June 17th


Leaving Israel before completion of the 14-day isolation period

You may be allowed to leave Israel prior to completing the 14-day isolation period, given unusual circumstances. The District Physician of the residential area where you entered isolation must issue a written permission. The document must be presented at the airport prior to departure. You must call the Ministry of Health Hotline *5400 to apply.



Send an online isolation report for international travelers






Contact With a Confirmed Patient

In 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 an HMO clinic or your 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.



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.


Submitting an Appeal on a Home Isolation Notice

In the case that one is given notice requiring them to enter home isolation, and they think there has been a mistake or that, for any reason, there is no need for them to home isolate, one may submit an appeal to the Ministry of Health regarding the notice.

  1. Call the Ministry of Health’s Hotline at *5400 (available Sun-Thu 08:00-18:00, Fri 08:00-13:00). In your appeal you will be requested to supply information regarding the exact date and time that you were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case causing you to receive the notice of home isolation, as well as the reason you are appealing.
  2. If you received notice to enter home isolation and you are a medical professional, you may call to the Center for Medical Staff at 02-508-0160 (every day between 08:00 and 22:00) or email with your name, ID number, telephone number, information regarding exposure, and reason for appeal.
    Only appeals by medical staff will be received by mail.

Note! While waiting for response regarding your appeal, you must stay in complete home isolation!


Updating Isolation Information

If you need to update reported information, fill out the isolation report again. Use the same online form you filled out in the first place.



Home Isolation Guidance

Guidance for the person under isolation:
• Stay indoors;
• Stay in a separate, well-ventilated room with a closed door. Exit the room if necessary, for very short periods only, cover your mouth and nose with a face mask. Several individuals of the same household can be isolated in the same room. If all household members require isolation, there is no restriction within the home;
Wash hands (Hebrew) with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based sanitizer before and after food preparation, before eating, and before and after using the toilet.
• Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is preferable to use disposable paper for hand drying;
• If available, use a separate bathroom;
• Keep mouth and nose covered while sneezing or coughing, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or sleeve. This is to prevent the virus from spreading. Immediately afterwards, wash hands with soap and water or disinfect them with alcohol-based sanitizer;
• If breastfeeding, wash hands before touching the infant, wear a face mask or any other cloth while feeding at the breast. If expressing breast milk with a breast pump, wash hands before touching any pump or bottle parts, and if possible, consider having someone who is well feed breast milk to the infant.
• If fever or respiratory symptoms develop, or any other medical condition, call an HMO clinic or your 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.

Guidelines for a group or family in home isolation (addition to the guidelines above)
• If there are several people in isolation in the same household, they can stay together in the same room.
• If all household members are required to be in home isolation, you can stay in all the rooms of the house.
• As much as possible from physical contact should be avoided between the residents.
• Do not share items without cleaning in between uses, including dishes and utensils.
• Before and after caring for a child, wash hands with soap and water.
• it is recommended to use toys that can be cleaned after use.

General guidance:
• There should be only one person who enters and exits the room of the isolated person or persons, this person should be a healthy person with no other diseases which might further increase their risk;
• No home visitors are allowed;
• Check that the common areas in the home such as the kitchen and the bathroom are well ventilated;
• Avoid entering the room of the isolated person person or persons as much as possible. Upon entering the isolation space, cover your mouth and nose, preferably with a face mask, cloth is also possible. Do not touch face mask while wearing it;
• Use disposable products such as gloves when exposed to the isolated person and the home isolation space, including dirty surfaces, clothes or beddings;
• Avoid direct contact with body fluids, especially oral secretions, airway secretions, urine and feces of the isolated person;
• Wash hands with soap and water or disinfect them with appropriate alcohol-based sanitizer after every contact with the isolated person, the person's belongings, or immediate environment, before eating, and after using the toilet. There is a preference to wash with soap (Hebrew) and water over sanitizer if the hands have visible dirt;
• Surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a day, such as handles, light switches, toilets and showers, bedside tables, bed frame and other furniture in the isolated persons' room, with standard household disinfectant (soap or alcohol based- at least 70%). If possible, clean with 1000 ml of chlorine solution (e.g. "bleach" containing sodium chlorite - take 40 ml bleach and dilute in 1 liter of water) until the surfaces / items are dried. Gloves and a gown or apron should be used during the cleaning processes.
• Bed linen and laundry must be changed at least twice a week. All laundry of the isolated person must be stored separately in the isolation room until the time of washing. Care should be taken to avoid dirty laundry from coming into contact with other items, including clean laundry. Washing must be done separately, on a washing program of at least 65 ° C with regular laundry soap.
• Disposable products such as gloves, tissues, masks and other waste associated with the care of the isolated person must be disposed of in a dedicated bag in the patient's room and sealed tightly before being disposed of in an external garbage can;
• Avoid the sharing of common objects that could transmit the virus with the isolated person, such as: toothbrush, cigarettes, dishes and utensils, towels, beddings, etc. You can wash dishes and utensils with water and dish soap; and
• It is best do dishes in a dishwasher with a temperature of at least 65 ° C. If no dishwasher is available, dishes can be washed in hot water and dish soap and to ensure they fully dry in the drying rack. The utensils (plates, cups, cutlery and trays) of the people in isolation will be separate from those of other occupants, or they should use disposable utensils.
• All other household members must wash hands frequently.
• Practice strict hygiene



A General Statement of Illness for Isolated Workers

Work absence during the incubation period shall be considered an absence from work due to illness, on condition that proof is submitted to certify the date of departure from the specified locations. Do not ask your physician to issue a statement of illness for this absence.

On the 15th day from the time you left the relevant location, and if no symptoms have developed, you may return to work and resume your normal activities.

Click to download the statement (Hebrew)
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