Entry Restrictions to be Waived for Israeli Draftdodgers Living Abroad on Israel’s 70th Independence Day Celebrations
Israel’s Defense Forces will permit all Israeli citizens who did not arrange their military status until now, to enter and leave Israel over a period of 1 1/2 months without risking detention.
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In honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrations, Israel has good news for draftdodgers living abroad.
In a rare gesture, IDF will permit citizens who left the country without fulfilling their military duty or arranging their deferment, to return without risking detention.
The risk-free period began on April 1 (16 Nissan 5778) and will last until May 15 (1 Sivan 5778). Draftdodgers living abroad will be permitted a one-time entry to the country during this period in which they will be able to arrange their legal status with the IDF. The IDF has provided the number of a dedicated telephone hotline which they can call when they arrive.
The military stresses that beginning from May 16 (2 Sivan 5778), draftdodgers who didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to arrange their status will not be permitted to leave the country and can expect to be taken into custody.