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COVID-19 ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

11 April 2021

 

Shalom,

We would like to update you regarding the arrival procedures of international students in light of COVID-19. As you may know, arrival to Israel during this period requires compliance with special Covid-19 regulations of the Ministry of Health and Immigration Authority. As such, the Hebrew University is legally bound to the strict compliance of these regulations and is responsible for overseeing their implementation.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS/POST DOCTORAL FELLOWS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED INTO THE COUNTRY WITHOUT HUJI AUTHORIZATION.

List of Topics

  1. Registration
  2. Visas
  3. Health Insurance
  4. Self-Quarantine
  5. Application to Enter Israel
  6. PCR Test Prior to Arrival and on Arrival  
  7. Transportation from the Airport
  8. Guidance on Arrival in Israel
  9. Contacts
  10. External Websites

 

A. REGISTRATION – required in order to initiate the arrival process

  1. IT IS MANDATORY FOR EACH NEW AND RETURNING STUDENT/POST DOCTORAL FELLOW (with the exception of Rothberg International School and Faculty of Agriculture students) TO NOTIFY THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE VIA THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE.

Rothberg International School (RIS) students should contact Ms. Linda Lipstein - lindal@savion.huji.ac.il

Faculty of Agriculture students should contact – Ms. Mahyan Gon – mahyang@savion.huji.ac.il

  1. Following registration via the above-mentioned link, students will receive a letter detailing the next stage of the arrival and return process, including information regarding health insurance, reservations and costs of self-quarantine accommodations.
  2. Students will be required to submit all of the requested documents, information and payments via an online system.
  3. Students will receive ongoing support prior to arrival and throughout their self-quarantine.
     

B. VISAS FOR NEW STUDENTS (and returning students whose visas expired)

In order to study in Israel, students will need a valid A/2 Student Visa AND a special one time entry permit (valid for 14 days), which can be received from the Israeli embassy/consulate nearest their place of residence.

For more information regarding visas and other consular services please visit the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Students who encounter any bureaucratic challenges at embassies/consulates are requested to update the International Office promptly and we will try to assist.

COVID-19 Update: Students will need to provide the following additional forms in order to be granted a visa:

  • A letter from the Hebrew University confirming quarantine conditions upon arrival in Israel
  • Approval from the Israeli Ministry of Health of the quarantine accommodations provided

Important: Both forms will only be provided to the students by the university once they have completed all enrollment and payment requirements.

Due to the dynamic situation, travel disruptions can be expected. We recommend not to book your flights until you have received a visa and entry permit.

 

C. HEALTH INSURANCE

It is mandatory for all international incoming students to purchase “Harel Yedidim with Kupat Holim Clalit” health Insurance, which includes Covid-19 coverage, prior to arrival.

D. SELF-QUARANTINE

The Israeli Government requires all incoming students who are arriving to Israel to enter a 14-day self-quarantine period upon arrival.

Students who have recovered from COVID-19 in Israel and were registered in the Israeli Ministry of Health recovered patients’ database or were vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 7 days have passed since the second dose, and if registered in Israeli Ministry of Health vaccinated people database

Passengers who recovered or received the vaccine abroad must go into isolation upon arrival; but they can apply for an exemption if:

  • they take a serological test in one of the Ministry of Health accredited laboratories
  • the serological test result is positive, they must apply for an exemption from isolation by filling out the online form. Applicants must attach the positive serological test result taken in Israel, in addition to documents of any positive PCR test, antibody test or serological test taken abroad, which show infection with coronavirus or an officially certified confirmation of recovery.

Self-quarantine must be completed in a university-allocated location that has been pre-approved by the Ministry of Health, with the exception of married couples/families who are permitted to undergo quarantine in their private apartments.  

It is permitted for students to self-quarantine in shared apartments of up to 6 persons. There are several options available (Student Village, Bet Maiersdorf Faculty House, Bet Reisfeld Faculty Club – for Faculty of Agriculture Students).

Please note that students will be assigned to a spot based on availability. We will make every effort to accommodate specific requests and ask for the understanding of students in the event that their dorm allocation differs from their original request.

The university will assist students throughout their quarantine with food supplies and meals.  During this period, students who develop symptoms will be relocated from their shared apartment to a newly allocated room.

Students will be required to:

  1. Sign a HUJI consent form regarding self-quarantine regulations
  2. Self-report on quarantine to the Ministry of Health, via the scanning of the QR code on their entry permit (Guidance and help will be provided at the airport on arrival)
  3. Self-report on quarantine via the HUJI website.

The University has designated Covid-19 contact persons in the case of queries and emergencies.

E. APPLICATION TO ENTER ISRAEL

Before air travel, students must submit an application to enter Israel no more than 24 hours prior to air travel to Israel. Passengers must complete a form with personal information and a health declaration.

F. PCR TESTS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AND ON ARRIVAL

Entry to Israel will only be permitted with a negative PCR test result from 72 hours prior leaving the country of origin. On arrival to Israel, an additional PCR test is required

 

G. TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT

On arrival in Israel, please note that it is mandatory to arrive to the self-quarantine facility individually, in a private taxi with no more than one additional passenger, or with nuclear family members. Travel by public transportation from the airport is strictly forbidden.

 

H. GUIDANCE UPON ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL

  • Travelers are required by law to wear a facemask that covers the nose and mouth at the airport (ages 7 years and older), and aboard the aircraft (ages 6 years and older).
  • Passengers must keep a distance of at least 2 meters from people who do not live in the same household as they do.
  • Passengers must practice proper hygiene, which includes washing hands with sanitizers.

 

I. CONTACTS

General Contact: Mr. Meron Guttel -  phdlife@savion.huji.ac.il

Payments and Billings: Ms. Anna Krakovsky - annak@savion.huji.ac.il

Visas: Ms. Gal Lombrozo – gallom@savion.huji.ac.il

Faculty of Agriculture: Ms. Maayan Gohn - mahyang@savion.huji.ac.il

 

J. USEFUL WEBSITES

Policy of Entry into Israel

Inbound travel guidelines

This situation is certainly a challenging one - for us as a university, and no less so for our international students. We kindly request your cooperation and support to ensure that the absorption process is as smooth as possible. Due to this new and dynamic situation, we foresee some bureaucratic challenges ahead, and ask for your understanding and patience.

 

 

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