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Covid-19 Update: 21 January 2021

Entry Permits and Updated Directive for New and Returning International Students:

Due to the increase of Covid-19 cases and the resulting lockdown, we would like to inform you that the Israeli Government has further tightened regulations on air travel.

  1. Entry permits are not currently being issued during the lockdown for new and returning students until 01/02/2021.
  2. Returning students with valid A2 visas who have already obtained their entry permits through the embassies/international office will be permitted to enter the country.

All students and post-doctoral fellows who left the country and wish to return once the lockdown restrictions are lifted are requested to complete the following form ASAP, (Rothberg students should contact Fatima Sbitan – email: ; Faculty of Agriculture students should contact Mahyan Gohn – email: if you have not already done so, in order for us to support you with your return preparations.

If you have already filled out the form, no need to do it again.

Please Note:

  1. Entry into Israel will only be permitted with a special entry permit (in addition to your visa).

The International Office will be happy to assist returning students with requesting entry permits on your behalf directly to the Immigration Authorities when it will be possible. New student will be required to receive entry permits from their local embassy/consulate.

  1. All passengers arriving from foreign countries will now be required to present a negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior to air travel to be allowed into Israel. An additional test will have to be performed upon landing.
  2. All students and post-doctoral fellows arriving from all countries will be required to self-quarantine as per the Ministry of Health Regulations in the university quarantine facilities (self-funded), with the exception of married students and married post-doctoral fellows who can self-quarantine in their own homes.

The Rothberg International School will assist with reservations for your self-quarantine accommodation, food provisions, taxi transportation, as in the past. You will receive a link to proceed to payment online prior to your arrival, unless covered by your supervisor.

  1. Due to the dynamic situation, travel disruptions can be expected.
  2. Students are requested to follow the updates issued by their local embassy/consulate, as well as university announcements. 

We want to reiterate that students should not leave the country at the moment, unless absolutely necessary, as return cannot be guaranteed. Kindly notify the International Office of your travel plans prior to departure.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed.

Covid-19 Update: 10 January 2021


The Ministry of Interior has announced an automatic visa extension:

Visas listed below expiring from 10.1.2021 will be automatically extended until 30.3.2021

  • a1 - eligible under the right of return
  • a2 - students/trainees/interns
  • a3 - religion people
  • a4 - companion to a3 a2
  • a5 - temporary resident
  • b1 - working visa
  • b4 - Volunteers

Urgent visa conversions and extensions

· Students who arrived in Israel with a tourist visa, when it was allowed, and have to convert it to a student visa.

· Sudents which their visa has been expired before January 10th.

Students from the two categories above are requested to send an email to Gal Lombrozo – with copy of their passport, up-to-date invitation letter and a short description of their case, in order to assess their situation.

Other students that their visa expired after January 10th, are asked to complete this form for assistance with renewal towards the end of March.

Stay Safe!

The International Office


About Us

Promoting strategic international collaborations.

Managing student exchange programs.

Supporting visiting scientists and scholars.

These are just a few of the areas in which the Hebrew University International Office enriches the academic environment for both our international and Israeli students, as well as our faculty.

We create and support cooperation with academic institutions abroad. This, while proactively driving internationalization with a futuristic, multi-dimensional, and interdisciplinary vision.

We encourage faculties and departments to increase the number of courses and full degree programs offered in English. The promotion and creation of joint and double degrees are also being encouraged.

Our goal is to maximize the mutual benefit of each and every relationship we create between individuals and educational institutions around the world.

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