Israel: Knesset extended emergency regulations

Dear Tricia,

The essential news from our previous update remains unchanged.

  • Israel’s travel restrictions for foreigners is still in place.
  • JUC is in contact with the Ministry of the Interior so that as soon as they begin to process Student Visa requests (currently no visas are being processed) we will be ready to submit the information for our incoming fall 2020 students.
  • JUC has written a letter to the Ministry of the Interior giving the pertinent information for our continuing students who currently hold valid Israeli student visas requesting that they be allowed into Israel.  The Ministry of the Interior will be passing along this information to the Airport Authority to obtain their authorization for the return of these students in time for the Fall 2020 semester.  If you hold a current Israeli Student Visa, DO NOT purchase a ticket yet as your return to Israel is not confirmed at this point and there may be added steps to take if and when we receive notice of authorization.

This is a statement in The Times of Israel from Wednesday, 17 June…The Knesset voted late Tuesday (16 June) to extend emergency regulations that allow the government to impose coronavirus restrictions on the public as Israel struggles with a resurgence in cases. The previous regulation expired at midnight Monday and the lawmakers voted Tuesday to renew them for an additional 45 days with the high-level coronavirus cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, set to convene Wednesday afternoon to discuss the rise in cases and whether to reimpose certain restrictions.

We pray that God is making himself known to you in special ways during these uncertain times and we trust that as we wait on Him He will renew our strength.  (Is. 40:31).

Until next week…Blessings from Jerusalem,

Diane Wright

Director of Student Services
Jerusalem University College