Flights to Israel in December 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 85% compared to the usual schedule of flights to Tel Aviv. Currently, inbound passengers must submit a statement with their personal information and a health declaration. They must also bring an entry clearance form, that will not be issued at the border. Passengers coming from green countries don’t need to quarantine, but passengers from red countries will have to go into isolation for 14 days, or can complete a test for a reduced quarantine. If you do travel here and are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms while in Israel, please call the Health Ministry’s hotline at *5400.
**Last updated December 17th, 2020**
At the moment, entry to Israel is only permitted for Israeli passport holders, residence visa holders, and passengers with specific entry approval. There was supposed to be a framework in place for allowing tourist entry by mid October, however, a second lockdown that has further limited travel both in and out, and no announcements have been made about updating this framework in the near future. The airport has now reopened, and flights have resumed.
In addition, anyone returning from abroad is required to remain isolated for 10-14 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.
United Airlines continues to operate daily flight between Newark, New Jersey and Tel Aviv, as well as three weekly flights between San Francisco and Tel Aviv, with more flights expected to be added in late November.
Delta has resumed regular flights between New York and Israel, 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 operate on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
Germany’s flag carrier has returned to Tel Aviv, and continues to operate daily flights from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv, and two weekly flights from Munich to Tel Aviv.
Swiss International Airlines
Swiss resumed flights from Zurich to Tel Aviv, with an expected four flights weekly depending on demand.
Ethiopian Airlines has four weekly departures from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Wizzair has renewed flights to Israel, with an emphasis on social distancing and hygiene, and the routes include flights from Luton, Budapest, Sofia, and Vienna.
Air Canada has resumed flights to Tel Aviv, with three flights per week from Toronto to Tel Aviv currently operational, and flights from LA, Miami, Chicago, and Boston expected to resume at the end of the year.
Air France has a daily flight from Paris to Tel Aviv that is operating as normal, with masks and hygiene frameworks.
El Al has resumed international flights, including to Zurich, Kyiv, Moscow, Dubai, and New York, with more flights expected to be added to the roster soon.
Israir is still operating under reduced conditions, and offer rescue flights for Israeli citizens stranded abroad.
Belavia is operating a few of weekly flights that connect through Minsk and travel to Tel Aviv.
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. The route operates each Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Turkish Airlines continues to operate one or two daily flights flights between Istanbul and Tel Aviv, depending on rates of infection and demand.
Airmoldova has currently suspended their flights to Tel Aviv but have resumed limited service.
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 leave on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with full service expected to resume after the current lockdown is lifted in Israel.
Pegasus Airlines resumed daily flights between Istanbul and Tel Aviv, excluding Tuesdays and Fridays.
The budget British airline is now offering 2-4 weekly flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv, with full regular service scheduled to begin again shortly.
Ukraine International Airlines
This specialty airline is currently offering 7 weekly flights from Kyiv and Odessa to Tel Aviv.
This budget airline is now offering 14 flights a week from Dubai International Airport and Ben Gurion. Flights operate twice a day.
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