Welcome back to nature and heritage sites

21.10.2020

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is reopening the national parks in keeping with the coronavirus cabinet’s decision.

שמורת טבע תל דן Tel Dan Nature Reserve: Photo: Meno Greenspan

Visits to nature reserves and national parks are by reservation only on the Israel Nature and Parks Authority website and in keeping with the Purple Badge rules.
Lifesaving services are not available and the pools will be closed, among them at Horshat Tal and Gan HaShlosha, due to Health Ministry rules and the end of swimming season.

Pools, springs and wading streams at some sites will be open and available to visitors, such as the nature reserves of Enot Tsukim, Tel Dan and Snir, and at the national parks of HaBesor (Eshkol Park) and Yarkon-Tel Afek.

Visitors to national parks and nature reserves must follow Purple Badge rules, among them the requirements to wear a face mask, maintain social distance and avoid gatherings. Entry to national parks and nature reserves is by reservation only through the reservation system on the Israel Nature and Parks Authority website, according to the quotas approved for any given time at each site.

The reservation system is available here, on the website (click here)  starting on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, you can reserve two weeks ahead.

Lifesaving services at sites with bathing beaches are not available in keeping with Interior Ministry directives, because swimming season has ended. According to Health Ministry rules, swimming is prohibited at deep pools and lakes at sites with such features. In this framework, Gan HaShlosha (Sakhne) national park are not open to visitors at this time.

Some visitor sites have enclosed spaces, such as museums and visitor centers. These are operating under a special format, or are closed in keeping with the Purple Badge rules at each site. Therefore we advise you to check on the Israel Nature and Parks Authority website or the Israel Nature and Parks Authority information line as to the possibilities for visiting enclosed spaces at sites.

Israel Nature and Parks Authority Director Shaul Goldstein says:
“Opening the nature reserves and national parks is great news for us and of course for everyone who is longing for an enjoyable and experiential visit to nature and heritage sites. As we know, in the shadow of the coronavirus there is nothing safer that spending time in the open air and in nature. Beyond lifting our spirits, it is important for our mental and physical health. We at the Israel Nature and Parks Authority are investing our utmost to ensure visitors an enjoyable and safe experience. Let’s enjoy nature, and help us keep our country clean.”

Full information about Israel Nature and Parks Authority reserves and national parks, including opening hours and days, is available here on the site.