Flights to Israel in August 2020 - Who’s flying to Tel Aviv during COVID-19?
After a record-breaking year for Israeli tourism in 2019, the corona-virus pandemic has brought international travel to a halt in early 2020. And since the list of airlines and flights to Tel Aviv during COVID-19 is constantly changing, it can be quite confusing. Ben Gurion International Airport has experienced a flight reduction of close to 99% compared to the usual schedule of flights to Tel Aviv. In addition to the daily United Airlines route between Newark, New Jersey and Tel Aviv, limited options include rescue and cargo flights. However, as restrictions are slowly eased, flights to Israel in August 2020 are anticipated to begin resuming gradually.
**Last updated July 30th, 2020**
At the moment, entry to Israel is only permitted for Israeli passport holders, residence visa holders, and passengers with specific entry approval. In addition, anyone returning from abroad is required to remain isolated for 14 days, in accordance with government directives for entering Israel. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to contact the embassy prior to flying to inquire if entrance will be permitted. Additionally, for entry to Israel, check the Israel Ministry of Health guidelines for the most up-to-date information. With the situation constantly developing, sign up for updates at the bottom of this page to be kept up to date with the situation.
Throughout the pandemic, United Airlines continues to operate a daily flight between Newark, New Jersey and Tel Aviv, as well as three weekly flights between San Francisco and Tel Aviv. What’s more, in August, three extra weekly flights will be added to the daily route between Tel Aviv and New York/Newark for a total of 10 per week. And in September, a new regular flight between Tel Aviv and Chicago will be added.
Delta announced that it will resume regular flights between New York and Israel from the beginning of June. However, face masks are mandatory for all passengers and staff. In addition, flights will operate at 50-60% capacity to provide adequate distancing. The flights will operate on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
As of June, Germany’s flag carrier returned to Tel Aviv, and continues to operate daily flights from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv, and three weekly flights from Munich to Tel Aviv.
Swiss International Airlines
Swiss resumed flights from Zurich to Tel Aviv operating five times per week at the current time.
Ethiopian Airlines has bi-weekly departures from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv each Sunday and Wednesday.
Wizzair has renewed flights to Israel, with an emphasis on social distancing and hygiene. The first flight arrived on May 3rd from Luton Airport, just outside of London. Additional routes include flights from Budapest, Sofia, and Vienna.
Air Canada has resumed flights to Tel Aviv, with three flights per week from Toronto to Tel Aviv currently operational.
Air France has a daily flight from Paris to Tel Aviv
The airline has cancelled all flights – both commercial and cargo – until further notice.
Israir is currently operating rescue flights for Israeli citizens abroad. Check their website for further details.
Belavia is operating a weekly flight from Minsk to Tel Aviv on Tuesdays.
The Irish budget airline is flying to Tel Aviv from many European cities including Vienna, Memmingen, Paphos, Brussels, Athens, Rome, Berlin, and Vilnius. These flights are less frequent than originally planned, but still running sporadically based on booking numbers.
Austrian Airlines resumed flights between Vienna and Tel Aviv from June 15th. The route operates each Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Turkish Airlines will continue to operate one or two daily flights flights between Istanbul and Tel Aviv.
Airmoldova has currently suspended all of their flights and has not announced when they will resume service to Tel Aviv.
Aegean Airlines has resumed flights between Athens and Tel Aviv, with routes available several times per week.
Flights from Madrid to Tel Aviv with Air Europa will resume from August 7, once a week, increasing throughout August and September to operate several times per week.
Pegasus Airlines resumed flights between Istanbul and Tel Aviv.
The budget British airline resumed flights to and from Tel Aviv on July 1st from London. Other destinations will follow.
Ukraine International Airlines
This specialty airline is currently offering a daily flight from Kyiv to Tel Aviv.
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