Real-Time Updates – “Iron Swords” War

    On our website you can find up-to-date information regarding the entry and exit of foreign experts to Israel during the Iron Swords War.

    Below are answered to frequently asked questions that can advise employers and foreign experts who are required to leave or enter Israel during the war.

    On the Population Authority’s website, the hours of operation and public reception at the offices of the Ministry of the Interior are updated every day.  During this period, there is limited activity in the offices, but the offices are active!  Applications for work permits and work visas for foreign experts are processed and the permits are being issued. You can contact us and be updated on a daily basis which offices are open, and what are their hours of operation.

    You can also keep up to date on the website of the Population and Immigration Authority –

    Due to the security situation in Israel, the Population and Immigration Authority has extended the residence visas for all foreigners who are in Israel with a valid visa and whose validity will expire within the next month. This includes foreign workers and foreign experts staying in Israel.  As of today, the work visas and residence visas have been extended until November 9, 2023.  At the end of this period and in the absence of any other notification, the issue of further delay must be settled with the authorities.  We recommend contacting our office for advice and assistance.

    The Airports Authority recently updated that Ben Gurion Airport is operating as usual and is open to flights for all airlines. From the beginning of the hostilities until Monday, October 16, 2023, 191,459 Israelis entered Israel. On October 17, 2023, approximately 32,000 passengers on 211 international flights will pass through Ben Gurion both entering and leaving, of which about 14,700 are incoming passengers.

    Keep up to date on the Airport Authority’s website and check the latest flight schedules-

    As mentioned, Ben Gurion Airport is operating normally.  Accordingly, there are incoming flights and outgoing flights, in particular of all Israeli airlines as well as a limited number of foreign companies.

    Following the security situation, the following is an update of the operating hours at the land border crossings:

    Begin Terminal

    As of 10.16.2023, the Begin border crossing (Taba) will operate between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00.

    Allenby Terminal

    Until future notice:

    Sunday-Thursday from 08:00 until 16:30.

    Friday from 8:00 until 15:30.

    Saturday the terminal is closed.

    Passage (entry and exit) of the entire population will be allowed, although there may be a limit on the number of passengers/buses.

    The emergency services will be active- their hours of operation will be determined each morning.

    Arrival of tourists to the terminal will be possible up to 3 hours before the terminal closes.

    Diplomats will be allowed to arrive at the terminal up to 1.5 hours before the terminal closes.

    Jordan River

    Starting from Wednesday October 18, 2023,  and until future notice, the Jordan River border crossing will operate from Sunday – Friday between 8:30  to 17:30 (accepting passengers until 16:00 only).

    Nitsana Terminal

    The cargo terminal is closed 24 hours a day.

    The closest country to which you can fly (and to which there are both regular and special flights) is Cyprus.  The length of the flight is about 38-40 minutes, landing at Larnaca Airport.  Another close country is Greece. You can fly to Athens, Thessaloniki and the Greek islands.

    As a general rule, it is advisable to keep up to date with the contact person of the work orderer/sponsor for the foreign expert in Israel.  As the execution of the work is in a war zone, it is recommended to wait and be updated daily regarding developments.  As long as the work is in the center of Israel and/or north and/or south of the war zone, it is possible to arrive provided that the instructions of the Home Front Command are followed in accordance with the specific instructions in each area.


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