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

Mandatory Isolation

Who must isolate?

All travelers arriving in Israel from abroad must go into isolation.

Isolation requirements

Isolation Accommodation

Those who stayed in a country on the red list in the last 14 days – will stay in home isolation, on the condition that they agree to technological surveillance (consent to tracking). Travelers who will refuse technological surveillance will be ordered to stay in a managed isolation facility.

Those arriving from countries on the yellow or orange lists can to go into isolation at home.

People who travel together and are household members can enter isolation together.

If a person must enter isolation for other reasons - it is recommended to stay in a separate isolation accommodation.

Isolation Duration

The isolation duration is depends on the country from which you arrive and your vaccination or recovery status.

After filling out the entry statement form, a text message (SMS) will be sent to your mobile phone and an e-mail message will be sent to your e-mail address, specifying the duration of the mandated isolation.

  • Reduced isolation – lasts for 24 hours or until you receive a negative result on the PCR test that you will take upon arrival in the airport in Israel, whichever is earlier.
  • Full isolation – Lasts 14 days. You can reduce the isolation period if you take a PCR test on the 5th day of isolation and get a negative result, and if you meet all of the terms and conditions.

Mandatory Isolation Duration

  Yellow list Orange list Red list
I am unvaccinated or non-infected 14 days with option for shorter isolation 14 days with option for shorter isolation

14 days with option for shorter isolation

I am vaccinated or recovered and I have a valid Green Pass issued by the Ministry of Health Until you receive a negative result on the PCR test that you took upon arrival in Israel or for 24 hours (whichever is earlier)

Until you receive a negative result on the PCR test that you took upon arrival in Israel or for 24 hours (whichever is earlier)

14 days with option for shorter isolation

Check what list a country is on

How to shorten isolation

Who is eligible for reduced isolation?

Those who have not visited a country on the red list in the last 14 days before arrival in Israel, and who meet one of the criteria below, are eligible for reduced isolation:

Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light vaccine:

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. In any case, you are required to stay in isolation until you receive a positive test on the serologic test taken upon arrival in Israel.

If the serologic test result is negative, you will be required to go into isolation of 14 days, with the option for reduced isolation 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, your isolation reduction is conditioned upon taking a PCR test starting from the 5th day. For a clearance for exceptional leave from Israel during your isolation period, call the Ministry of Health's hotline at *5400.

Who needs to go into full isolation?

  • Those who visit a country on the red list in the last 14 days before arrival in Israel, even if they are vaccinated or recovered.
  • Unvaccinated and non-infected individuals, regardless on what list the country they come from is.
  • Those not vaccinated in accordance with the protocol set by Israel.
  • Those who have recovered, but more than six months pass from recovery.
  • Those who received a positive result on the PCR test that they took upon arrival in Israel.
  • Those who are on board a plane with a confirmed case and instructed to enter full isolation by the Chief of Public Health Services Executive, the Ministry of Health Director General, or by a District Physician.

Requirements of reduced isolation

Information for Israelis vaccinated or recovered abroad

Arrival from the airport or from the border crossing to the isolation site

  • Vaccinated or recovered travelers who arrived from a country on the yellow or orange list and who are required to go into isolation for 24 hours or until they receive a negative result on the PCR test taken upon arrival at the airport – may use public transportation (including domestic flights and trains), in order to reach their isolation site.
  • Unvaccinated and non-infected individuals from any and all countries, and any travelers who arrived from a country on the red list (including vaccinated and recovered individuals) – are forbidden from using public transportation (including domestic flights and trains), in order to reach their isolation site. They may use a private vehicle or a taxi, on the condition that they wear masks and that the windows remain open during the ride.
  • Those who are required to stay in a managed isolation facility – arrival in the facility will comply with the guidance of the authorized agency whether at the airport or at the border crossing.

Those who will violate the guidance or will travel by public transportation – will be fined and required to complete their isolation period in a managed isolation facility. The fine for violating the isolation guidance stands at 5,000 NIS. It can also be imposed upon the adult responsible for a minor under 12 who lives with them and who has violated the isolation guidance.

Foreign nationals who will the violate the guidance will be exposed to sanctions, including ban from travel to Israel for several years.

 

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