Entry to Israel

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the requirements for entry to Israel have changed. See here the current requirements and answers to frequently-asked questions.

Requirements

By Air

Before air travel

Pre-departure test

  • If you stay out of Israel 72 hours or longer, you must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time to Israel
  • Present a negative test result in English along with the traveler's passport number
  • This requirement applies to all people of all ages arriving in Israel, including those vaccinated 
  • An exemption from pre-departure PCR test will be granted to those recovered, if at least 11 days and no more than 3 months have passed from the day of diagnosis as a COVID-19 case. Note this exemption is for pre-departure PCR tests only; it is not an exemption from the PCR test on arrival in Israel
  • Only PCR tests are accepted, no rapid tests or any other types of tests
  • If you transit to Israel, and the time between the first flight 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
  • Humanitarian cases or if access to testing is limited: you can petition the Exceptions Committee to be permitted to enter Israel without a PCR test

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, if mandated

Paying for a PCR test on arrival 

  • On arrival in Israel, you must take a PCR test at the airport, in addition to the pre-departure test
  • You can prepay for the PCR test on arrival
  • The test costs NIS 80 if you prepay, and NIS 100 if you pay at the airport
  • Cash payments are accepted in Israeli currency only, the cost is NIS 115
  • You do not need to print and bring proof of payment. There is a separate line for  people who have prepaid and your I.D. serves as proof of payment which is already registered in the system

Foreign nationals

At the airport

Pre-departure PCR test

  • When you check-in, you must present your negative pre-departure PCR test result to airline
  • Recovered travelers can present a positive (instead of a negative one) PCR test taken in Israel or an Israeli recovery certificate, if 11 days and no more than 3 months have passed from the day of testing 
  • 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
  • You can present a digital copy – a paper copy is not required
  • Keep this clearance for border control
  • You might be asked to present it to other officials when you arrive in Israel

Entry permits for foreign nationals

  • Foreign nationals can enter Israel only if they have a special permit from the Population and Immigration Authority
  • This permit should be presented to border control on arrival in Israel

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

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

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

By Land & Sea

Before traveling to Israel

Pre-travel test

  • If you stay out of Israel for more than 72 hours, you must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before the planned crossing time
  • Present a negative test result in English that has the traveler's passport number
  • This requirement applies to all people of all ages arriving in Israel, including vaccinated travelers
  • An exemption from pre-travel PCR test will be granted to those recovered, if at least 11 days and no more than 3 months have passed from the day of diagnosis as a COVID-19 case. Note this exemption is for pre-travel PCR tests only; it is not an exemption from the PCR test on arrival in Israel
  • Only PCR tests are accepted, no rapid tests or any types of tests
  • Humanitarian cases or if access to testing is limited: you can petition the Exceptions Committee to be permitted to enter Israel without a PCR test

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

  • All travelers must take a PCR test at the border crossing on arrival in Israel. This test is in addition to the test you must take before traveling to Israel. The test is at your expense
  • PCR tests are available at Allenby Bridge, Taba, Jordan River, and Rabin border crossings
  • The test costs NIS 100; you can prepay on the Sheba Target website or pay at the border crossing

Foreign nationals

At the border crossing

Present the confirmation you get after submitting the form

  • You must present a confirmation of submission of the entry statement form
  • You can present a digital copy of the confirmation - it is not required to have it printed

Print out the relevant documents and show them to officials:

  • Negative PCR test result or an Exceptions Committee exemption from a PCR test on arrival in Israel
  • Recovered travelers can present a positive (instead of a negative one) PCR test taken in Israel or an Israeli recovery certificate, if 11 days and no more than 3 months have passed from the day of testing 
  • 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 when at the border crossing

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

Mandatory Isolation

Who must enter isolation?

  • Travelers (of all ages, from all countries) who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or never been been infected with COVID-19 (so-called non-infected) in Israel
  • Those arriving from a red location must enter isolation, even if they have been vaccinated or have recovered in Israel
  • Those arriving from an orange location  and do not meet the definitions of vaccinated / recovered people from an orange country must enter isolation
  • 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)
  • The Chief Executive of Public Health Services, the Ministry of Health Director General, or a District Physician can instruct vaccinated or recovered people to enter isolation if they were on board an aircraft with a confirmed COVID-19 case

Who can be exempt from isolation?

An exemption from isolation is given only after completing 24-hour isolation from the time of entry to Israel or if the PCR test on arrival is negative (whichever is earlier) to

Check the travel health notices by 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

24-hour isolation, or isolating until receiving a negative COVID-19 test result taken on arrival (whichever is earlier) is possible for:

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;
  • if you must full isolate, you commit to avoid using public transport (including domestic flights and trains) 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 they all 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 duration and that the fine for that is NIS 5,000;
  •  if the declared isolation accommodation does not meet all home isolation requirements, the district physician or chief HMO physician have the authority to 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 red location 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?

  • If you must fully isolate, you may not use public transport to travel to your isolation address, (including domestic flights and trains) except taxis. When traveling in a taxi, you must follow the rules (wear a mask, have windows open)

Breach of restrictions

  • If you fail to comply with a restriction, for example if you use public transport, you will be fined and required to enter isolation in a motel
  • The penalty for an isolation violation is NIS 5000
  • A person who is in charge of an underage person (younger than 12 years of age) living together can also get a fine for a breach of isolation

Fully Vaccinated & Recovered People

Definitions of a vaccinated / recovered person from an orange country

A recovered person is someone with a recovery certificate issued by the Ministry of Health and:

  • no more than six months have passed since the day of issuance of the recovery certificate given on the basis of a PCR test taken in Israel or documented in Israel
  • has received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Israel and seven full days have passed from the day of vaccination (the day of vaccination does not count)

A vaccinated person is someone with a vaccination certificate issued by the Ministry of Health and :

  • has received two doses of the vaccine and no more than six months have passed since the day of receiving the second dose in Israel and seven full days have passed from the last dose of the vaccine (the day of vaccination does not count)
  • has received three doses of the vaccine in Israel and seven full days have passed from the third dose of the vaccine (the day of vaccination does not count)
  • has had a serologic test in Israel with a positive result, and has received a dose of the vaccine in the last six months in Israel and seven full days have passed from the day of receiving the dose of the vaccine (the day of vaccination does not count)

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 full isolation, unless they visit a red country or an orange country within 14 days before arrival in Israel.
  • Those who have been vaccinated or recovered that satisfy the requirements of the definitions of a vaccinated / recovered person, unless they visit a red country in the last 14 days prior to arrival in Israel
  • Furthermore, the Chief Public Health Services Executive, the Ministry of Health Director General, or a District Physician may instruct vaccinated or recovered individuals to enter isolation if they find 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 all conditions are met:

  • you meet the definitions of a vaccinated / recovered person
  • you have a vaccination or recovery certificate issued by the Ministry of Health
  • at least 7 full days have passed from the last dose before you left Israel (the vaccination day does not count) or 14 days have passed from the time of receiving the last dose (vaccination day does not count) 

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

24-hour isolation, or isolating until receiving a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken on arrival (whichever is earlier) is possible for:

  •  Vaccinated or recovered travelers who have visited only yellow countries in the last 14 days before 1.10.2021 and have a positive serologic test result in Israel and have a certificate of recovery or vaccination from the Ministry of Health
  •  Vaccinated or recovered travelers who have visited only yellow or orange countries in the last 14 days  and have a positive serologic test result in Israel and received a dose of the vaccine in the last six months in Israel and seven full days have passed  from the day of vaccination (the day of vaccination does not count)

A permit to leave the isolation accommodation is not required if you travel to take a COVID-19 PCR test . You must follow the restrictions when leaving isolation.

When can you finish isolation?

  • You must receive a text message (SMS) and/or an e-mail allowing you to finish isolation

If you do not receive a message to finish isolation within 48 hours after your PCR test, fill out an application to finish isolation.