Entry to Israel

Due to the recent coronavirus surge, new restrictions apply to travelers arriving in Israel. Read here the latest restrictions and frequently asked questions.

Requirements

By Air

Before air travel

Pre-departure test

  • If you stay out of Israel for 72 hours or longer, you must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time to Israel. Travelers will be permitted to board plane if they present a negative test result written in English that has the traveler's passport number. This requirement applies to all people of all ages arriving in Israel, including vaccinated and recovered travelers.
  • Only PCR tests are admissible, rapid tests are not accepted
  • If you transit to Israel, and the time between the first departure and the departure to Israel is 24 hours or more, you must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure to Israel.
  • If access to testing is limited: you can petition the Exceptions Committee to be permitted to enter Israel without a PCR test, but only on the basis of humanitarian grounds or proven difficulties accessing testing facilities.

Entry statement form

You must fill out the online form no more than 24 hours before the scheduled departure to Israel. You must enter your personal information and information about the people traveling with you, check your health declaration, provide information on COVID-19 vaccines you have received, note whether you have recovered from COVID-19, and fill out the address of the isolation accommodation, in case you are required to enter isolation.

Paying for a PCR test on arrival 

After you submit the form, you can prepay for the PCR test that you must take on arrival in Ben Gurion International Airport. Testing at the airport is in addition to the pre-departure test. If you prepay, you will get a 20 percent discount. The test costs NIS 80 if you prepay, and NIS 100 if you pay at the airport.

Foreign nationals

Foreign nationals must have an entry permit issued by the Population and Immigration Authority. Without this permit, boarding will be denied.

At the airport

Pre-departure PCR test

When you check-in, you must present your negative PCR test result to airline staff. Law enforcement officers might ask you to present your negative PCR test result when you arrive in Israel.  

Entry clearance

When you check-in, you must present a clearance that you received after submitting the entry statement form. Keep this clearance for border control. You might be asked to present it to other officials when you arrive in Israel.      

PCR test on arrival

When you arrive in Israel, you must take a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense. This test is in addition to the test that you must take before departing to Israel. This requirement applies to all travelers of all ages coming to Israel, including vaccinated and recovered travelers.

Entry to terminal allowed to ticketed travelers only

People who accompany ticketed travelers or people who welcome arriving travelers are not allowed to go inside the terminal, excluding individuals accompanying minors or people with disabilities. 

On board the aircraft

Wear a mask

Everyone six years of age and older must wear a mask on board the aircraft. Travelers required to enter isolation on arrival must wear a mask while they are at the airport and during travel to the isolation accommodation.

Social distancing

For the sake of your health, stay away from people who do not live with you.

Practice hygiene

Wash your hands with sanitizers.

Information for travelers leaving Israel

By Land & Sea

Before traveling to Israel

Pre-travel test

  • If you stay out of Israel for 72 hours or longer, you must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before the planned crossing time. Travelers will be permitted to enter Israel if they present a negative test result written in English that has the traveler's passport number. This requirement applies to all people of all ages arriving in Israel, including vaccinated and recovered travelers.
  • Only PCR tests are admissible, rapid tests are not accepted
  • If access to testing is limited: you can petition the Exceptions Committee to be permitted to enter Israel without a PCR test, but only on the basis of humanitarian grounds or proven difficulties accessing testing facilities.

Fill out an entry statement form

You must fill out the online form within 24 hours before your scheduled travel to Israel. You will have to provide your personal information, and information of the people traveling with you, check a health declaration, provide information whether you have been vaccinated or recovered, and provide the isolation address, if mandated.

Paying for a PCR test

The cost of the mandatory PCR test at Allenby Bridge, Tabaת Jordan River, and Rabin border crossings is NIS 100. You can prepay on the Sheba Target website or pay at the border crossing. This test is in addition to the test you must take before traveling to Israel. 

NOTICE

Israeli law requires all arrivals to take a PCR test at the border crossing after entering Israel.

Foreign nationals

Foreign nationals must have an entry permit issued by the Population and Immigration Authority. Without this permit, entry will be denied.

At the border crossing

Print out the relevant documents and show them to officials:

  • Negative PCR test result or a permission from the Exceptions Committee exempting you from a PCR test on arrival in Israel
  • Proof of payment for a PCR test if prepaid
  • Foreign nationals only: an entry permit

Wear a mask

Everyone six years of age and older must wear a mask on board the aircraft. Travelers required to enter isolation on arrival must wear a mask while they are at the airport and during travel to the isolation address.

Social distancing

For the sake of your health, stay away from people who do not live with you.

Practice hygiene

Wash your hands with sanitizers.

Information for travelers leaving Israel

Mandatory Isolation

Who must enter isolation?

  • Travelers (of all ages, from all countries) who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from COVID-19 in Israel
  • Those traveling from a location with the highest COVID-19 risk, or a location with COVID-19 travel warning must enter isolation, even if they have been vaccinated or have recovered in Israel.
  • Travelers arriving from all locations, even if vaccinated or recovered in Israel, must enter isolation until they receive the result of the COVID-19 test taken on arrival in Israel or isolate for 24 hours (whichever is earlier).

Who can be exempt from mandatory isolation?

Check the travel health recommendation of a location

What is the duration of isolation?

You are required to stay in isolation for a minimum of 14 days. There is an option to shorten the isolation period, if two PCR test results are negative: the first test, which is mandatory for all travelers, must be taken when you arrive in Israel; the second test is taken on the seventh day of isolation. You can leave isolation if the second test is negative.

Vaccinated and recovered individuals who visited uncategorized locations or locations with a COVID-19 travel notice (and not locations with a COVID-19 travel warning or locations with the highest COVID-19 risk) within the last 14 days before arrival in Israel will be required to enter isolation until they receive COVID-19 negative test results to a test that they must take on arrival in Israel, or isolate for 24 hours (whichever is earlier)

Isolation calculator – are you required to enter isolation, and for how long?

Where can you isolate?

Isolation at home

If you want to enter isolation at home or an accommodation at your disposal, you will be required to declare when you arrive in Israel that:

  • you fully comply with all home isolation requirements; that it is possible to completely separate from other household members, for the entire duration of your isolation period;
  • you commit to avoid using public transportation to travel to the isolation address, though it is possible to take a taxi, if traveling alone in the back seat with windows open. (If the passengers are members of a single family, who travel together and live together, they can share a taxi, as long as all of them sit in the back);
  • you are aware that Israel Police closely monitor those required to stay in home isolation during the isolation period and in case of a breach, the Police can force you to relocate to a state-allocated isolation accommodation (motel) for the remainder of the isolation period and that the fine for that is NIS 5,000;
  • if the declared isolation address does not meet the home isolation requirements, the district physician or chief HMO physician can force you to relocate to a state-allocated isolation accommodation (motel) for the remainder of the isolation duration.

Isolation in a motel

The following travelers will have to enter isolation in a motel:

  • Foreign nationals who have visited a location with the highest COVID-19 risk or a COVID-19 travel warning within 14 days before arrival in Israel.
  • Travelers who are unable to comply with all isolation requirements at home

How can you travel to the isolation address?

You may not use public transportation to travel to your isolation address, except taxis. When traveling in a taxi, you must follow the rules (wear a mask, have windows open).

Breach of restrictions

If you breach a restriction, for example if you use public transportation, you will get a fine and you will be required to enter isolation in a motel.

Information for travelers leaving Israel

Fully Vaccinated & Recovered People

You have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from COVID-19 in Israel

Those who have been vaccinated or have recovered in Israel are not required to enter isolation, unless they visit a destination with the highest COVID-19 risk or a destination with a COVID-19 travel warning within 14 days before arrival in Israel. Furthermore, the Public Health Services Chief, the Ministry of Health Director General, or a district physician may instruct vaccinated or recovered individuals to enter isolation if it is found that they were on board an aircraft with a confirmed COVID-19 case.  

How will you know if you are exempt?

After you submit the entry statement form, you will get an e-mail exempting you from isolation.

What if you get an e-mail instructing you to enter isolation but you think you are exempt?

You need to check that:

  • at least full 7 days have passed from the second dose before you left Israel and no more than 21 days have passed between the time of receiving the second dose and your arrival in Israel
  • you have a vaccination or recovery certificate

You have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel 

Mandatory isolation

You must enter isolation immediately on arrival in Israel.

Even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you are not automatically exempt from isolation. You may petition an exemption from mandatory isolation:

Take a serologic test

You need to take a serologic test at your expense in one of Israeli Ministry of Health-accredited laboratories. If you have recovered from COVID-19, you can take a serologic test after at least 10 days have passed from the time you tested positive for COVID-19. 

Fill out a form requesting to leave the isolation accommodation

If your serologic test result is positive, you must submit a request to leave the isolation accommodation. You must attach the following documents:

  • Record of all serologic test results taken in Israel
  • Record of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 outside of Israel: positive PCR, antigen or serologic test results or a certified vaccination record

When can you leave isolation?

You must receive text message (SMS) and/or an e-mail allowing you to leave isolation.

Information for travelers leaving Israel