Confirmed COVID-19 cases may develop varying symptoms. What should be done at each stage and when is recovery determined?

Who is Considered Recovered

Recovered cases are those with a positive PCR test or a positive quick supervised test who after recovering, received a certificate of recovery from a physician or an HMO. The certificate is issued after 5 days or more, and only if negative results were received in 2 home tests taken on the 4th evening and 5th evening of the isolation, and if no symptons appeared for at least 48 hours.

  • Those who recovered at home – will receive a certificate from their insuring HMO.
  • Those who recovered in a managed isolation facility – the HMO will forward the certificate of recovery to the Home Front Command's war room in the facility. After the certificate has been received, they will be allowed to leave the facility.
  • Those who tested positive on a PCR test and went into isolation - may travel abroad from the 8th day of isolation (the test day is considered day 1 of isolation).

The effectivenss of the recovery status varies from case to case.

Cases for which a certificate of recovery is issued, and the effectiveness of the status

  1. Reception of a positive result on a PCR test or in a supervised rapid test:
  • Those who recovered once or more (repeat infection will be considered as such only if a positive result on a PCR test or a supervised rapid test has been received at least 90 days after the original date of recovery).
    Effectiveness of recovery status: Six months from the date of last recovery
  • Those who recovered and also vaccinated with one or more vaccine dose, whether before or after recovery.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective through 31.3.2022 or up to six months from the date of the date of the latest recovery, whichever is later
  • Children under 12 and 3 months
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective through 31.3.2022 or until they reach the age of 12 and 3 months, whichever is earlier.
  1. Receiving a positive result on a serologic test:
  • Those who tested positive on a serologic anti-N test and vaccinated with at least one vaccine dose, either before or after recovery.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective through 31.3.2022 or up to six months from the date of the date of the latest recovery or vaccination, whichever is later.
  • Those who have not been vaccinated and who tested positive on a serologic anti-N or anti-S test, and after their recovery have been vaccinated with at least one vaccine dose.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective through 31.3.2022 or up to six months from the date of the date of the latest vaccination, whichever is later.
  • Children under 12 and 3 months who tested positive on a serologic anti-N or anti-S test.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective through 31.3.2022 or until they reach the age of 12 and 3 months, whichever is earlier.
  1. Reception of a borderline-positive result on a PCR test, followed by an additional positive or borderline positive result:
  • Those who received two borderline-positive results on two PCR tests taken between 24 to 72 hours from one another other.
  • Those who tested borderline-positive on a PCR test and positive on a supervised rapid test administered in one of the authorized testing facilities in Israel, and both tests were administered within 24 to 72 hours from one another (regardless of the order of the tests).
  • Those who tested borderline-positive on a PCR test and again positive on an additional PCR test, taken within 24 to 72 hours from the first test.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective for up to six months from the issuing date of the certificate of recovery.
  1. Recovery abroad:
  • Those who recovered abroad, and their recovery has been determined based on a positive result on a PCR test (or a NAAT-based equivalent), and who have a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health's system, and six months have not yet passed since their recovery date.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective for up to six months from the issuing date of the certificate of recovery.
  • Those who have recovered abroad and who have a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's system, and six months have not yet passed since their recovery date and who also have been vaccinated with a WHO (World Health Organization)-approved vaccine, in accordance with the required protocol in Israel
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective for up to six months from the issuing date of the certificate of recovery or from the date of the last vaccination, whichever is later.
  • Those who have recovered abroad and who have a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's system, and six months have not yet passed since their recovery date and who also have been vaccinated with a Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light vaccine, in accordance with the required protocol in Israel and who have tested positive on a serologic test in Israel.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective for one month.
  • Israelis who have recovered abroad and who do not have a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's system but who have declared that their recovery has been determined based on a PCR test (or a NAAT-based equivalent) and who have tested positive on a serologic test in Israel.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: Effective for one month.

Extension of the Green Pass status: In order to extend the effectiveness of the Green Pass beyond the one-month period, they are required to contact their insuring HMO to have their recovery or vaccination status confirmed. Those who do not have HMO membership in Israel may contact the Ministry of Health's hotline at *5400.

  1. Receiving a certificate from the Exceptions Committee on behalf of the insuring HMO:
  • Those whose physician has filed a request to the HMO's Exceptions Committee for exceptional recognition of a recovery status that does not meet the definition of recovery, and whose request has been approved.
    Effectiveness of the recovery status: According to the medical record and the Committee's decisions.

What does the certificate of recovery allow me to do?

  • • Have a Green Pass issued – allowing entry to places that comply with the Green Pass scheme.
    Issue the Green Pass
  • • Have a COVID certificate issued – the certificate is international and its effectiveness depends upon the destination country.
    Issue the COVID certificate
  • • Be eligible for exemption from the full isolation requirement upon arrival in Israel from abroad – if you did not stay in a country on the red list in the 14 days before arrival in Israel.
  • Receive an exemption from the isolation requirement upon close contact with a confirmed patient.
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