Following the current surge of COVID-19, guidance for international travelers changes with global and domestic infection rates
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Entry to Israel: IsraelisIsraeli citizens may be granted entry to Israel even if unvaccinated or non-infected.
Entry to Israel: Non-Israeli CitizensAll the information on entry to Israel of non-Israeli citizens
Mandatory IsolationWhat cases must isolation and for how long? Information on isolation upon arrival in Israel
Non-Israeli COVID Certificates That Are Verifiable in IsraelThe countries that issue verifiable digital vaccination and recovery certificates, and holders can request a green pass in Israel
CruiseGuidelines for boarding a cruise departing from Israel and for boarding a cruise the next destination of which is Israel
Entry to Israel: Non-Israeli Citizens
As of Friday, May 20, at midnight (on the night between Friday and Saturday, May 21), the following guidance will take effect:
- It will not be required to present a negative result on a COVID test before boarding a flight to Israel or a cruise to Israel or before arriving at an Israeli land border crossing.
- It will not be required to present a negative result on a COVID test before boarding a cruise departing Israel. This guidance is set forth according to the requirements of the Israel Ministry of Health. You are required to inquire the requirements of the company operating the cruise.
- The PCR testing mandate for those entering Israel at airports and maritime and land border crossings will be lifted.
- It will not required to isolate for 24 hours after entering Israel.
- The mask mandate for those entering Israel (who have been required to isolate until receipt of a PCR test result) in airports and maritime and land border crossings will be lifted.
- The mask mandate during international flights – will remain in effect.
- The requirement to fill an entry statement before arriving in Israel via air or sea – will remain in effect.
As of May 23, 2022, the mask mandate during international flight will be lifted (subject to Knesset approval).
- During an international flight, you must wear a mask.
- Non-Israeli visitors (B/2), whether with a visa or exempt from visa, are required to take a COVID test at an authorized testing site before the flight to Israel or entry to Israel at a land border crossing.
- Further information on tests non-Israeli citizens are requird to perform before arriving in Israel
- Confirmed COVID Cases will not be permitted to board a flight to Israel. If you are a confirmed COVID case and have not yet recovered according to the required protocol in Israel and the protocol in the state from which the flight departs - do not board the flight.
- All those arriving in Israel are required to take a PCR test when entering Israel and take a PCR test and stay in isolation until receipt of a negative result on the test or for 24 hours, whichever is earlier.
Further information on the PCR tests taken upon entry to Israel
- Information on entering Israel by cruise
- Exempt from COVID testing prior flight for those arriving from Ukraine
In light of the special circumstances in Ukraine, and the concern for the security of those staying there, it was decided to approve an exempt from COVID testing prior to the flight to Israel. The exempt applies to those arriving from Ukraine (through a third country) who present appropriate documentation. All incoming passengers will perform PCR tests at the airport in Israel. Confirmed COVID cases will not be able to board a flight to Israel.
Before the flight or entry at an Israeli border crossing
1. Non-Israeli visitors, whether with a visa or exempt from visa, are required to take a COVID test before the flight or arrival at the Israeli border crossing.
Possible types of tests:
- PCR test, taken in the 72 hours before the flight or arrival at the Israeli border crossing.
- Rapid (antigen) test, taken by professional samplers (not an at-home test) in the 24 hours before the flight or arrival at the Israeli border crossing.
Note: You must present an official document with the negative test result and your passport number.
Passengers with any other visa (A/1, A/2, A/3, A/4, A/5, B/1, B/3, B/4) - are exempt from such 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, or take a rapid (antigen) test condcuted by professional samplers in the 24 hours before the departure of the flight landing in Israel.
The following are exempt from presenting a negative PCR result test:
- Those who stayed outside Israeli territories for less than 72 hours.
- Those who will present a positive result on a rapid (antigen) test at an authorized testing site, or a PCR test, taken less than three months prior to the flight to Israel or arrival at the Israeli border crossing, provided boarding or entry to Israel is at least on day 8 after the test (the test date is considered day 1).
- ,Those arriving from Ukraine (directly or with a transit flight) during the war and will present suitable documentation.
- Those who have an exempt from PCR testing before boarding or arriving at the Israel border crossing, approved by the Exceptions Committee. In humanitarian cases or in cases of real difficulty accessing testing facilities, among other cases, you may apply to the Exceptions Committee.
- Those with an A/1, A/2, A/3, A/4, A/5, B/1, B/3, B/4 visa.
2. A health insurance policy with coverage for the treatment of COVID-19 is required.
The insurance policy is a mandatory to enter Israel.
This guidance does not apply to:
- Temporary residents with an A/1, A/2, A/3, A/4, A/5 visa or a B/1 visa who receive medical insurance through their employer.
- Those arriving from Ukraine (directly or with a transit flight) during the war.
3. Fill out the entry statement form in the 48 hours before the flight to Israel or during the 10 days before arrival to Israeli border crossing, and as early as possible.
- Fill out your personal information and details of those traveling with you, a health statement, information on vaccines administered or recovery and isolation accommodation.
- Receive a Green Pass: if you are considered vaccinated or recovered according to the Israeli Ministry of Health - upload documentation of vaccination or recovery in the Israeli entry statement, and you can received a Green Pass that will exempt you from entering isolation if exposed to confirmed COVID case in Israel:
- Those who have a certificate of vaccination or recovery that can be digitally verified through the Ministry of Health's systems, will upload their certificate to the form and receive a Green Pass to their email when the form is complete.
- Vaccinated individuals who do not have a certificate that can be digitally verified through the Ministry of Health's systems, will declare their vaccination status in the form and attach the relevant documents to the form - and receive a Green Pass to their email when the form is complete.
- Recovered individuals who do not have a certificate that can be digitally verified through the Ministry of Health's systems, will not automatically receive a Green Pass after filling the form. If they are required to enter isolation following exposure to a COVID patient, they will be able to present to the Ministry of Health epidemiological researcher relevant documents.
Countries that generate digital certificates that can be verified in Israel
- 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).
4. Required documents to present before the flight to Israel or before arrival at the Israeli border crossing:
- A confirmation attesting to the completion of the arrival statement form.
You can present a digital copy of this confirmation or a printed copy. Keep this confirmation until after passing through border control in Israel.
- Furthermore, 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 or before arriving the border crossing, or neagtive result on a rapid (antigen) test, taken by professional samplers (not an at-home test) in the 24 hours before the flight or arrival at the Israeli border crossing.
- Positive result on a PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test at an authorized site that was taken in the 3 months before the flight to Israel or arrival at border crossing, on the condition that boarding or entering border is 8 days or more since performing the positive test (the day of the test is day 1).
- Clearance from the Exceptions Committee for arriving in Israel without taking a PCR test before the flight or border crossing entering.
At the Israeli airport or border crossing
Up to and including May 20 - All incoming passengers will perform PCR tests at the Israeli airport or border crossing.
This is relevant to all those entering Israel, at any age, including those vaccinated and recovered, and those who received an exemption from the pre-flight or pre-entry test.
PCR Test costs at Ben Gurion Airport and Ramon Airport:
- 79 ILS - for those paying at the airport.
- 63.20 ILS - for those paying in advance through the link they received when filling out the entry statement to Israel.
Refund policy: In case your flight has been cancelled after you have already paid, or your PCR test taken upon arrival in Israel has been disqualified, or no result has been received or you require a refund in other circumstances – see the sampling company's refund policy here.
Those who pay in advance according to the old rate and land after the 30.3.2022 - will be automatically exonerated within 10 business days by the Pemi company.
PCR Test costs at border crossing
- 80 ILS - You can pay in advance on the "Terem" website or at the border crossing.
Please Note: After midnight between 5.20.22 and 5.21.22, PCR tests upon entry into Israel will no longer be required. From May 21 onwards, visitors to Israel will not be required to pay for this testing.
In the Israeli airport and border crossing random document inspections are conducted and travelers must meet the requirements of the Population and Immigration Authority.
Those entering Israel through an airport or a border crossing where PCR test are performed, and need to isolate - masking is required until the place of isolation is reached.
Those who are recognized in Israel as recovered and no more than 60 days have passed since the date of recovery and therefore do not have to isolate - are exempt from wearing a mask at the airport or at the border crossing.
All travelers arriving in Israel must go into isolation, regardless of their age including those considered vaccinated or recovered. Travelers are required to stay in isolation until receipt of a negative result on the PCR test performed upon entry to Israel or for 24 hours, whichever is earlier. Those who were recognized in Israel as recovered and no more than 60 days have passed since the recovery, are exempt from isolation.
- Non-Israeli citizens that did not receive a Green Pass after filling the Israeli entry statement - will be required to enter isolation if exposed to confirmed COVID case in Israel, according to the guidelines (unless the non-Israeli citizen is recovered and will present to the epidemiological investigator relevant documents)
- 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 expense.
- 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 may be denied entry to Israel for a period to be determined by the Population and Immigration Authority.
Non-Israeli citizens who are considered vaccinated or recovered
Who is considered vaccinated
Those vaccinated with the vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Bharat Biotech, Sinopharm, Johnson and Johnson, Novavax, 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 (and no more than 180), not including the day of vaccination.
- They have been vaccinated with a booster dose and 14 days or more have passed since the date of the vaccination, not including the day of vaccination.
Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V or Sputnik-Light (administered as a booster dose) vaccine will be recognized as vaccinated after attesting a positive result on a serologic test performed in Israel.
Who is considered recovered
Those who will present a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified through the Ministry of Health's systems in Israel, based on a positive result on a PCR test (or a NAAT-based equivalent), provided:
- 8 days or more have passed since performing the positive test (the day of the test is day 1), and no more than 180 days have passed since recovered.
- They are recovered and 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).