Tzvi Odzer Explores the Feasibility of Visiting Israel While COVID-19 is Still a Threat
There are a number of people who wish to travel to Israel. This includes individuals who want to visit family, make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and return to work within the country. With the COVID-19 pandemic, travel isn’t as easy as it once was. Tzvi Odzer, an entrepreneur with a significant amount of family-based in Israel, explores the options for travel.
Tzvi Odzer has the desire to visit family in Israel. It has been a while since he has visited, and some of his family is older. As such, he has been exploring the details on the US Embassy website as it pertains to traveling to Jerusalem and the rest of Israel.
On March 18, the government of Israel made an announcement that foreigners, including US citizens, are not allowed to enter Israel. While there are exceptions for those who have lives based in Israel, it is hard to get on to the list. Those who simply want to visit family are unable to do so until the government of Israel makes future announcements.
Tzvi Odzer has been following the number of cases closely. Until there are no more active cases of the coronavirus in Israel, it is unlikely that the government will change their travel stance.
Tzvi Odzer also acknowledges that any US citizens that are allowed to enter Israel will be required to undergo health screening and, potentially, a mandatory 14-day quarantine. This would take place in a quarantine center established by the government of Israel. In some instances, home isolation would be allowed if there is the ability to demonstrate that it can be done properly.
Prior to booking any kind of travel, Tzvi Odzer recommends contacting the local Israeli embassy or consulate to discuss the possibilities of visiting the country. Particularly for those who hold an Israeli visa, including students, it may be possible. However, it’s best to know prior to booking airfare.
Until Tzvi Odzer has the ability to travel to Israel, he’s forced to rely on other methods of staying in communication. He has worked with all of his family based in New York to arrange Skype calls with those who are in Israel. While it’s not the same as visiting in person, it’s the safest way to communicate right now.
The pandemic has caused a number of areas around Israel to close their borders to visitors. In addition to Israel not accepting visitors from the United States, the government of Jordan has suspended both outbound and inbound flights. There are also checkpoints closed between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Tzvi Odzer plans to visit Israel again once the borders open back up. Until then, he will continue to follow the updates issued by the government of Israel as well as the U.S. Embassy.