Relatives of Israelis in the First Degree Without Soaps Eligible to Travel to Marry

All first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens or permanent residents who do not meet the criteria to travel to the country can now apply for special permission to attend their relatives’ wedding as long as they commit to quarantine, in accordance with official regulations. published. on the Hebrew website of the Population and Immigration Authority of the Ministry of the Interior.

According to the above policy, only the parents of the bride or groom were eligible for such a permit, which can be obtained by applying at the Israeli consulate closest to the place of residence.

The English version of the website still reflects the old policy and its links to the application process did not work until Tuesday afternoon.

According to the NGO Yad L’Olim, while the change represents a positive development, problems persist because the entry declaration that all travelers must complete and present to the airline to board the plane does not offer an option for passengers who received permission. special and are therefore rejected at check-in.

Furthermore, according to the NGO, many consulates were not notified of this policy change, despite the fact that a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that all consulates were.

An illustration of a bride and groom during a civil marriage outside the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on December 9, 2020 (Credit: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH 90)

The inability of people traveling with special permits to fill out the form is just one of many featured in the participation statement, said Yad L’Olim founder Dov Lipman, a former MP.

For example, while passengers are supposed to be able to complete the form 48 hours before their flight, currently the permit to board the plane received by those who successfully complete it is only valid for 24 hours.

The Jerusalem Post contacted the Ministry of Health about the issues with the entry statement, but at the time of going to press, had not received any response.

Established for the purpose of supporting immigrants in their new life in Israel, Yad L’Olim has become a mainstay both in helping people navigate coronavirus travel regulations on a personal level and in putting pressure on authorities. for better policies.

In large part thanks to his efforts, a special hearing on travel regulations is expected to take place next week.

“I have spent most of my time in the Knesset and I am hopeful that a committee hearing will be scheduled for next week to focus solely on addressing the new entry rules that have closed the doors to Israel to so many,” he said .

“I want to thank MK Gilad Kariv who has been an attentive ear and a driving force on this issue,” he added, referring to the head of the Constitution and Law Commission.

Israel’s borders were closed to foreigners for more than 20 months during the pandemic. Some exceptions were allowed for close family members to attend life cycle events or visit lone soldiers. In April, a special procedure was established to allow vaccinated or recovered first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens to receive permission to enter the country.

However, the Ministry of Health changed its criteria in September on vaccinated or recovered individuals. To meet the new requirements, visitors must have been vaccinated twice in the previous six months, vaccinated with a booster, recovered with an injection, or recovered in the last six months.

As of November 1, the country reopened its skies to foreign visitors who meet these conditions, requiring, in the case of recovered tourists, to present an electronic recovery certificate. At the same time, he canceled the possibility of requesting special permits as first-degree relatives.

This has left many who were able to visit Israel under the old system unable to do so now, either because they do not meet the criteria (the drivers are not yet widely available) or because they cannot prove they meet them.

During the last session of the Constitution Committee last Thursday, Kariv promised that the issue would be seriously considered in a special hearing.

Lipman said that, among others, he is working to ensure that representatives from all relevant ministries attend the hearing.

“The ministries do not communicate with each other and this is problem number one,” he said. “I have been signaling this to all the relevant authorities and I am sure that we will be able to bring order to everything, with forms that work and with all ministries in tune with the rules.”

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