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Entry of Non-Israeli Citizens by Air

Entry requirements of non-Israeli citizens

Pre-flight

At the airport in Israel

Non-Israeli citizens who arrive from countries on the orange or yellow lists will be allowed to enter Israel and short 24-hour isolation or until they test negative on a PCR test taken upon arrival in Israel (whichever is earlier), if they meet the requirements below.

Entry requirements of non-Israei citizens

  • If you did not visit any countries on the red list within 14 days before arrival in Israel.
  • If you've been vaccinated with a WHO (World Health Organization) approved vaccine in accordance with the protocol set by Israel, or if your recovery has been confirmed in accordance with the protocol set by Israel, and you have a digital certificate recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Health – see details below.
  • If there is no other hindrance for your arrival in Israel

Non-Israeli citizens who will not meet these requirements will not be allowed to enter Israel, except those who received permission from the Population and Immigration Authority.

File a request to the Exceptions Committee

List of countries that issue digitally verifiable certificates by the Israeli Ministry of Health

Non-Israeli citizens who are considered vaccinated

Non-Israeli citizens 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 on the day of leaving Israel). Not including the day of vaccination.
    or:
  • They have been 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.

non-Israeli citizens vaccinated with the Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light vaccine:

Upon arrival in Israel, you are required to take a serologic test and to stay in isolation until you receive a positive result (in addition to the isolation of 24 hours or until you receive a negative result on the PCR test that you took at the airport in Israel.

Vaccinated non-Israeli citizens whose vaccination status is recognized in Israel

Non-Israeli citizens who are considered recovered

Non-Israeli citizens 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, at least 8 days have passed since the date of the test (but no more than 190 days on the day of leaving Israel).
    or:
  • They received at least one dose of the vaccines approved by the WHO (regardless of the sequence of events and the date of vaccination or recovery).

Non-Israeli citizens whose recovery status is recognized in Israel

Pre-flight

  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 the traveler's passport number. Tests of any other type will not be accepted.

    The following are exempt from the pre-flight PCR testing requirement:

    • Those who stayed outside Israeli territories for less than 72 hours (from the moment of landing abroad to the moment of departure to Israel).
    • Those who recovered from COVID-19 and will present airline officials with a positive result on a PCR test that they took less than three months prior, on the condition that at least 8 days have passed since the date of the test.

If your itinerary includes a connecting flight to Israel and the layover time between the first flight and the flight landing in Israel is more than 24 hours, you are required to take the PCR test in the 72 hours before the departure of the flight landing in Israel.

In humanitarian cases or in cases of real difficulty accessing testing facilities, you may apply to the Exceptions Committee for a clearance to enter Israel without testing.

  1. Fill out the entry statement form within the 48 hours prior to departure to Israel, the earlier 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.

    • Those who have a certificate of vaccination or recovery that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health's systems, will scan or upload their certificate to the form and will receive a Green Pass valid for six months from the date of last vaccination (or through 28.2.2022, whichever is later) before boarding the flight.
    • Those who do have a certificate that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health's systems, will declare their vaccination status in the form, attach the relevant documents to the form and will receive a month-long Green Pass before boarding the flight.
    • Recovered individuals who do not have a certificate that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health's systems will not be allowed to board the flight.
    • Upon completion of the form, you will receive a link in which you may 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 ILS.

  2. Before the flight, you are 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 more than 72 hours, you are 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.

As well as one of the following documents:

  • Certificate of vaccination, attesting to your vaccination in accordance with the required protocol in Israel.
  • Certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health's systems.
  • Clearance for arrival in Israel from the Exceptions Committee.

Note: You are also required to present all of these certificates and documents to relevant authorities upon arrival in Israel.

On board the plane

Wear a mask on your nose and mouth (from age 7) and practice social distancing and hygiene.

At the airport in Israel

  1. Take a PCR test

    Upon arrival in Israel, you must take a PCR test, in addition to the one that you took before the flight. This guidance applies to all travelers of all ages arriving in Israel, including those vaccinated and recovered.

    Test costs
    :
    • 115 ILS – for those paying in cash at the airport.
    • 100 ILS – for those paying by credit card at the airport
    • 80 ILS – for those paying in advance here.
  2. Those who are required to take a serologic test upon arrival in Israel:
    • You are required to stay in isolation until you receive a negative result on the PCR test taken upon arrival in Israel or until 24 hours have passed, and in any case, until you receive a positive result on the serologic test.
    • 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 requirements, the reduction of your isolation will be based on a PCR test starting from the 5th day).
      For exceptional clearance for leaving Israel during isolation, call the Ministry of Health's hotline at *5400.

Access to terminal halls in Israel is reserved to ticketed travelers only. Companions or greeters are not allowed to enter, except chaperones of minors or caregivers of people with disabilities.

Upon arrival in Ben Gurion International Airport, random document inspections are conducted and travelers must meet the requirements of the Population and Immigration Authority.

Isolation

Detailed information on mandatory isolation upon arrival in Israel

NOTE

  • Non-Israeli citizens who arrive in Israel without meeting the requirements will not be allowed to enter Israel and will be returned to their country of origin.
  • Non-Israeli citizens who become confirmed COVID-19 cases during their stay in Israel will be transported by ambulance to a managed isolation facility for recovery and the costs of ambulance transport, stay in the  managed isolation facility and medical care will be at their own expeense.
  • Non-Israeli citizens who will present a fake document or who will be confirmed as COVID-19 cases but will refuse to be transported to a managed isolation facility or who violate the requirements of isolation will be denied entry to Israel for 5 years.
  • Non-Israeli citizens who are not confirmed COVID-19 case but violate the requirements of isolation will be denied entry to Israel for 3 years.
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