Since mid-March, almost all non-Israeli visitors have been prevented from entering the country in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the government announced on July 22 that international students will be permitted to enter Israel to begin their studies during the 2020-2021 academic year, which begins in mid-October.

Incoming international students may enter Israel up to 30 days before the start of their classes. They will be required to self-isolate for 14 days under the supervision of their academic institution, in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines.

“Internationalization is one of the main strategic priorities for the higher education system in Israel and we are committed to integrating top international students in our universities and colleges,” said Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, chair of the Planning & Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education.

“Although the coronavirus pandemic has hindered international mobility, we are glad that international students will still be able to come to Israel and welcome them to engage in our world-class academics and research,” Zilbershats added.

The decision was made by senior officials of the Council for Higher Education, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Population and Immigration Authority.

Throughout the pandemic, Israeli universities and colleges have made significant efforts to support international students and ensure their health, safety and academic success. They are now organizing flights for incoming students.

Many universities and colleges are still accepting applications for the coming academic year. Click here for information on Israeli higher education institutions and academic programs in English.