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 100
  • 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

You are required to present airline officials with one of the following documents before departure:

  • Negative test results to a PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure to Israel
  • Positive test results to a PCR test taken in the last 3 months before departure to Israel, provided that at least 11 days have passed since the date of the test.
  • Certificate from the Exceptions Committee, attesting that you are allowed to enter Israel without 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 certificate should be presented at the airport to airline officials before departure to Israel, and to the Population and Immigration Authority's officials at the time of entry to Israel.

Entry to terminal allowed to ticketed travelers only

  • Companions or greeters will not be allowed to enter the terminal in Israel, save for the companions of minors or individuals with disabilities.

PCR test on arrival

  • Upon your arrival in Israel, you will be required to take a PCR test. This test is in addition to the one that you took before departure to Israel, and it requires payment.
  • 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

  • You are required to take a PCR test at the border crossing upon arrival in Israel, in addition to the test taken before arrival in Israel.
  • This test requires payment and costs 100 NIS.
  • You may pay ahead of time at the "Sheba Target" website or upon arrival in the border crossing.
  • Border crossings where PCR tests are administered are Allenby Bridge, Taba, Jordan River and Rabin.

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 may present a digital copy of the certificate, you do not have to print it

COVID test results

You are required to present one of the following at the border crossing:

  • Negative test results to a PCR test taken in the 72 hours before travel or sail to Israel
  • Positive test results to a PCR test taken in the last 3 months before departure to Israel, provided that at least 11 days have passed since the date of the test.
  • Certificate from the Exceptions Committee, attesting that you are allowed to enter Israel without testing.

Additional certificates:

  • 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

What is the duration of isolation?

Full isolation

Full isolation is 14 days. It is possible to have the isolation period shortened by taking two PCR tests and testing negative in both: The first must be taken on arrival in Israel; it is mandated of all travelers who want to enter the State of Israel; the second must be taken on the seventh day of isolation. Once you test negative on the second test, you may end isolation .

Reduced isolation

Isolation until a negative test result is received on a PCR test taken on arrival in Israel, or isolate for 24 hours (whichever is earlier).

Who must complete full isolation (14 days)?

  • Unvaccinated or non-infected travelers, regardless of age or destination
  • Anyone who stayed in country on the red list in the last two weeks before arrival in Israel, including vaccinated or recovered individuals
  • 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 must complete the reduced isolation (up to 24 hours)?

  • Vaccinated or recovered individuals who have a Ministry of Health COVID certificate and have not visited a country on the red list in the last two weeks before arriving in Israel.

NOTICE: If you have been vaccinated or if you have recovered, you must check your eligibility for a Green Pass.

Mandatory Isolation Duration

  Yellow list Orange list Red list

I am unvaccinated or non-infected

14 days with option for reduced isolation

14 days with option for reduced isolation

14 days with option for reduced isolation

I am vaccinated or recovered and I have a Ministry of Health COVID certificate

Up to 24 hours or until a negative test result is received on a PCR test taken on arrival in Israel Up to 24 hours or until a negative test result is received on a PCR test taken on arrival in Israel

14 days with option for reduced isolation

Isolation calculator: Do I need to go into isolation, and for how long?

Check what list a country is on

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)
  • If you are not required to fully isolate, you may use public transport

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 breaching mandatory isolation is NIS 5000

Please note: During isolation, you do not need to get a permit if you travel to to take a PCR test. You may go out and get tested according to the conditions for a one-off exit during isolation.

Fully Vaccinated & Recovered People

You have been vaccinated or recovered in Israel

Those who have been vaccinated in Israel or who have recovered in Israel and have a valid a COVID certificate issued by the Israeli Ministry of Health and visited only yellow or orange countries in the last 14 days before arrival in Israel a must stay in isolation until a negative test result is received on a PCR test taken on  arrival in Israel or isolate for 24 hours (whichever is earlier).

Anyone who visits a country on the red list in the last 14 days before arrival in Israel must complete the full isolation period.

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 do I know if I must complete the full or reduced isolation period?

Once you have filled out the entry statement, a message will be displayed on the screen, specifying the isolation period. This information will also be sent to the e-mail address that you have entered in the form.

What if I receive a message instructing me to enter full isolation, but I am eligible for reduced isolation?

You need to make sure that you have an Israeli Ministry of Health COVID 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

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 or orange countries in the last 14 days before 1.10.2021 and have a positive serologic test result in Israel and have a COVID certificate 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.