Following the current surge of COVID-19, guidance for international travelers changes with global and domestic infection rates

Entry of Israeli Citizens by Air

Israeli citizens may arrive in Israel whether they are vaccinated or recovered or not.

Before air travel

At the international airport in Israel

Vaccination or recovery abroad

Before air travel

  1. Take a PCR test in the 72 hours before the flight to Israel or a rapid (antigen) test in the 24 hours before the flight, administered by professional samplers (no home test kits). You are required to present an official document in English attesting to the negative result and specifying your passport number. Tests of any other type will not be accepted.

Only those who received a negative result on the PCR test or the rapid (antigen) test will be allowed to board the flight.

The following are exempt from the pre-flight PCR and antigen testing requirements:

  • Those who stayed outside Israeli territories for less than 72 hours (from the moment of landing in the foreign country to moment of departure to Israel)

Those who recovered from COVID-19 and before the flight will present a positive result on a PCR test taken less than 3 months prior, on the condition that at least 8 days have passed since the date of the test.

If you transit to Israel and the time between the first flight and the flight that takes you to Israel is more than 24 hours, you must take a PCR test within 72 hours before the scheduled time of the flight that arrives in Israel.

Humanitarian cases or in case of substantial trouble to access testing, submit a petition to the Exceptions Committee for an exemption from testing.

  1. Fill out the entry statement form in the 48 hours before the time of departure to Israel, the sooner the better.

You are required to fill out your personal details and the details of those traveling with you, a declaration of health, information about your vaccination or recovery status and details of your isolation. 

Upon completion of the form, you will receive a link in which you could pay in advance for the PCR test that you will be required to take upon arrival in Israel, in addition to the pre-flight test. The test's cost in advance payment is 80 NIS.

  1. Before the flight, you will be required to present the following documents to airline representatives:
  • A confirmation attesting to the completion of the arrival statement form. You can present a digital copy of this confirmation. You are not required to print it. Keep this confirmation on your person until after you pass through border control in Israel.

If you stayed outside Israeli territories for less than 72 hours – you will be required to present one of the following documents:

  • Negative result on a PCR test taken in the 72 hours before the flight to Israel.
  • Negative result on a rapid (antigen) test taken in the 24 hours before the flight to Israel.
  • Positive result on a PCR test taken within 3 months before the flight, on the condition that at least 8 days have passed since the date of the test.
  • Clearance from the Exceptions Committee for arriving in Israel without taking a PCR test or a rapid test before the flight.

If asked to do so, you may be required to present all of these certificates and documents to the certification authorities also upon arrival in Israel.

During the flight

It is required to wear a mask over the nose and mouth (for persons 7 years old and older), to practice social distancing and personal hygiene.

At the international airport in Israel

Immediately upon arrival in Israel, you will be required to take another PCR test in addition to the one taken before the flight. This guidance applies to all arrivals in Israel of all ages, including vaccinated and recovered individuals.

The cost of the test:

  • 115 NIS – for those paying in cash at the airport.
  • 100 NIS – for those paying in credit at the airport
  • 80 NIS – for those paying in advance at the link at the end of the arrival statement form.

Note: Arrival in the terminal halls in Israel is reserved for travelers only. Companions or greeters will not be allowed to enter, save the for the caregivers of minors or individuals with disabilities.

Isolation

Detailed information on mandatory isolation upon arrival in Israel from abroad

Israeli citizens who have been vaccinated or recovered abroad 

The meaning of having your recovery or vaccination status from abroad recognized in Israel is the option for being eligible for short isolation upon arrival in Israel, for issuing a COVID certificate and a Green Pass and for receiving the same rights as those who were vaccinated in Israel or who have recovered in Israel. In order to have your vaccination or recovery status from abroad recognized in Israel, you need to comply with the required protocol in Israel.

Who is considered vaccinated?

Israelis vaccinated with the vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Bharat Biotech, Sinopharm, Johnson and Johnson, Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light – in accordance with the required protocol in Israel

  • Vaccinated with two vaccine doses (or a single dose in case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and 14 days or more have passed since the date of the second dose on the day of arrival in Israel (and no more than 180 days). Not including the day of vaccination.

or:

  • Vaccinated with a booster dose and 14 days or more have passed since the date of the vaccination on the day of arrival in Israel. Not including the day of vaccination.

Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light vaccine will be recognized as vaccinated after uploading to the entry statement form an official document with a QR code attesting a positive result on a serologic test conducted by an InVitro lab.

Israelis vaccinated abroad whose vaccination status is recognized in Israel

Who is considered recovered?

Israelis who will present a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health's systems in Israel, based on a positive result on a PCR test (or a NAAT-based equivalent), provided: 

  • On the day of entry to Israel, 8 days or more, but not more than 190 days, have passed since the test.

or:

  • In addition to their recognized recovery status from abroad, they have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccines approved in Israel (regardless of the sequence of events).

Those who recovered abroad and who do not have a digital certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's systems – will contact their primary care physician to undergo a process of recovery confirmation.

Israelis who recovered abroad whose recovery status is recognized in Israel

List of the countries that issue certificates that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health in Israel

Serologic test and a month-long Green Pass

Who is required to take a serologic test upon arrival in Israel in order to be eligible for a short isolation and for a month-long Green Pass?

  • Those vaccinated with two vaccine doses and six months have not passed since the date of the second vaccination.
  • Those vaccinated with three doses, in case one of which was the Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light vaccine - if they do not have an offical document with a QR code attesting a positive result on a serologic test conducted by an InVitro lab.
  • Those who recovered from COVID-19 and have a positive result on a PCR test (or a NAAT-based equivalent) and six months have not yet passed since the date of their recovery, but who do not have a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's systems.
  • Those who recovered from COVID-19 and subsequently vaccinated and have a positive result on a PCR test (or a NAAT-based equivalent) but who do not have a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's systems.
  • Children under 12.

After taking a serologic test upon arrival in Israel, you will be required to go into isolation:

  • If the result of your serologic test is positive – you will be eligible for a month-long Green Pass and for a short isolation of 24 hours or until you receive a negative result on the PCR test taken at the airport – whichever is earlier.
  • If the result of your serologic test is negative – you will be required to complete the full, 14-days isolation, with the option for isolation reduction by taking a supervised rapid (antigen) test starting from the 5th day of isolation (if you are 60 or older or if you have any pre-existing conditions, the reduction of your isolation will be based on a PCR test starting from the 5th day).

Isolation reduction guidance

Extending the Green Pass: In order to extend the effectiveness of the Green Pass beyond the one-month period, you will be required to contact your HMO in order to have your recovery of vaccination status verified. Those who do have HMO membership in Israel will contact the Ministry of Health's hotline at *5400.

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