Latest update: October 12th, 2021

Bar-Ilan University is now operating according to Green Pass regulations

Following a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in Israel and in line with government decisions, entrance to the BIU campus will now follow the Green Pass regulations.

Entrance to campus is permitted only upon presentation of proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or a negative coronavirus screening test (PCR) taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering campus. In the case of an antigen screening test, it needs to be taken no more than 24 hours prior to entering campus.

Additionally, students, faculty members, and employees who were exposed to a verified COVID-19 patient must follow the Ministry of Health’s guidelines and should not come to campus until after receiving a negative test result.

Vaccinated students, faculty members, and employees who have someone at home who is in isolation will be able to enter campus after presenting a negative COVID-19 test result for the isolated person.

Unvaccinated students, faculty members, and employees who have an isolated person in their home will be able to enter campus after presenting negative COVID-19 test results for both the isolated person and themselves.

New Restrictions Regarding the Entry of Foreigners into Israel

Please note that according the most updated regulations (as for August 5, 2021), only those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus and have a recovery certificate,  are permitted to enter.

After arriving, every student will have to go into quarantine, but will be able to shorten the duration by doing a serological test. After a negative test, only the student may call the Ministry of Health to be dismissed from quarantine via *5400.

Students (A2, and their families, A4) who were in Israel in 2020, but went abroad for a short period of up to 10 days, will be allowed to enter Israel. If you are one of these students, please contact Amit Amsalem from the International School at and she will provide information on what to do when you arrive.

Experts (B1): The entry of experts will be approved; however, the number of entrants will be reduced to the minimum number necessary on the recommendation of the relevant government ministry – with the approval of the Ministry of Health and the Foreign Workers Administration.

Entry will be permitted only if the student is arriving from a green country (entry from a red country/highest risk country will be forbidden), to keep yourself up-to-date with the colors of each country you may use this link, and for the list of the red countries according to Israel you may click here.

Israelis Please Note: You should be aware that students or family members who have Israeli passports will also be required to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Or you may take a serology test if you are vaccinated and finish quarantine early.

Hybrid Learning at Bar-Ilan University

Bar-Ilan University has put together a fun and entertaining video to let students know how learning is taking place in the new hybrid format during this period. Enjoy this creative video.

Coping with Covid-19

BIU Research about COVID-19

COVID-19 & BIU International Students 

This page contains advice for international students at Bar-Ilan University on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Throughout these challenging times, we are here in order to help you. On this page, we will provide relevant updates and the latest information on the situation from the Ministry of Health as it relates to Israel and Bar-Ilan.

Your physical and emotional health is important to us. We are here to support you throughout this time!

Below are links for the updated information, as well as links for how to remain connected with the International School Team and other international students.

Wishing you and your family the best of health,

BIU International School Team

Israel Ministry of Health Updated Guidelines

*It’s important to note that a violation can lead to a high fine or even a prison sentence

Bar-Ilan University Statements

For Bar-Ilan University Student Services – Click here
Emotional Support During Corona

Travel & Visas 

Currently, all visas are extended through June 30th, 2020

This decision applies to anyone holding visas: A5 (temporary residents), B1 general (work visa and general), A1 (provisional status for eligible students), A2 (students) and yeshiva students, A3 clerics, A4 (ancillary not 2 or 3)

Minister Deri: During this difficult time, it is not appropriate for the public to find itself unanswered and therefore I have announced that the extension of these visa holders will be done automatically without having to go to the bureaus.

Students Living on Campus

As per the new guidelines going into effect July 4th 2021

The campus is not completely closed but will only allow entry and exit from these gates, upon presentation of ID:

Car Gate 1 – Free entry and exit

Gate 2- open until 8 pm

Gate 25 – open until 18:30

Gate 30 – open until 22:00

Gates 5, 40, 20 are closed

Please note that there may be changes, we will be in continuous contact with the university security and we will update you.

If there are questions about academic matters or need to attend the laboratory, this should be coordinated directly with your academic supervisor.

If there is a safety or health emergency, call the Security Emergency 03-5317777

If there are dormitory related issues, contact 03-7364867,


For medical questions about the disease or possible exposure, call Magen David Adom Emergency Services Hotline – dial 101.

For questions about home isolation and general questions about the novel coronavirus, call the Ministry of Health Hotline *5400 (08:00-23:00) or HMO Hotlines: Clalit *2700, Maccabi *3555, Meuhedet *3833, Leumit *507.

FAQs at BIU during this time – Click here

To reach out for any questions, comments, or concerns: 

Hadar Giat, Coordinator of Student Affairs & Well-being

To stay connected with other international students and the International School Team:

Whatsapp group for all international students-

Whatsapp group for international students living on campus-

International School Activities