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

Non-Israeli Citizens: Air Travel

Criteria of entry to Israel by air for non-Israeli citizens

Recognition of foreign vaccination or recovery by Israel

Preflight

At the airport in Israel

Criteria of Entry to Israel by Air for Non-Israeli Citizens

Non-Israeli citizens are not allowed to enter Israel, unless they have a special entry permit from the Exceptions Committee.

Online petition form for the Exceptions Committee

Recognition of Foreign Vaccination or Recovery by Israel

If you have been vaccinated or have recovered outside of Israel and it is recognized by Israel, you can reduce isolation length and get a Green Pass.

Who is recognized as vaccinated or recovered by Israel?
  1. Vaccinated – if you received a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine, such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, the Serum Institute of India, and Johnson and Johnson vaccine. ; effective 1.12.2021, also Sputnik-V vaccine (subject to positive result on a serologic test taken in Israel), tut only if you receive the full series of a vaccine in accordance with the protocol set by Israel:
    • Persons who have been vaccinated with two doses (or one dose in the case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and at least 14 days pass from the second dose at the day of arrival in Israel (but no more than 180 days at the day of departure from Israel).
    • People who have been vaccinated with the booster shot and 14 days or more pass from vaccination day at the day of arrival in Israel.

      NOTE
      Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V vaccine are required to stay in isolation until testing positive on a serologic test taken on arrival and negative on the PCR test taken on the third day post-entry to Israel (entry day is the first day of isolation). If the serologic test result is negative, the traveler will have to go back to the country of origin.
  1. Holders of a digital certificate of recovery digitally verifiable by Israel Ministry of Health, on the basis of a positive result on a NAAT test (a molecular test similar to PCR):
    • Those who arrived in Israel 11 days or more after their NAAT test (but no more than 190 days on the date of their departure from Israel).
    • Those who, in addition to their recovery, have also been vaccinated with at least one dose of the World Health Organization-approved vaccines, before or after recovery.

List of countries that issue certificates that are digitally verifiable by Israel Ministry of Health

Before Boarding the Flight

  1. You must take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure to Israel. Only those who test negative can board the flight.

You can take a rapid test instead of a PCR test within 24 hours before air travel. The test cannot be home-kit test.

Only if the PCR test or rapid test is negative, you can board the flight.

Test results must be in English and specify the traveler's passport number. Any other type of tests will not be accepted.

The following are exempt from the pre-flight PCR test requirement:

  • Those who stay outside of Israel less than 72 hours
  • Those who have recovered and can present before flying to Israel a positive result on a PCR test taken no more than three months beforehand and no less than 11 days after testing day. Note that the mandatory PCR test on arrival in Israel applies to everyone.

If your travel to Israel includes a transit, and the time between the first flight and the flight that arrives in Israel is more than 24 hours, you must take the test within 72 hours before boarding the flight that arrives in Israel.

Humanitarian cases or in case of substantial trouble to access testing, submit a petition to the Exceptions Committee for an exemption from testing.

2. You must complete an online entry statement form within 48 hours before departure to Israel.

You must provide your personal information, both yours and your travel companions, check a declaration of health, provide information about your vaccination or recovery and the address of isolation accommodation.  

  • Holders of a certificate that is digitally verifiable by the Ministry of Health must scan or attach their certificate of vaccination or recovery to the statement form and they will be given a Green Pass before boarding the flight.
  • If the traveler does not hold a verifiable digital certificate, the traveler must specify the vaccines received on the entry statement form for travelers coming to Israel and attach proofs. The traveler will receive a Green Pass before boarding the flight.

After completing the form, you will receive a link to prepay for the PCR test that you must take on arrival in Israel, in addition to the predeparture PCR test. The cost of a prepaid test is 80 Shekels (instead of 115 Shekels cash payment upon arrival in the airport).Before departure, you must present airline with:

  1. Before boarding, you must show airline:

    a confirmation of completion of the entry statement form.
    You can save a digital copy of this confirmation. You are not required to print it out. Keep this confirmation for border control in Israel.

     One of the documents below:

    • A negative result on a PCR test taken 72 hours before departure to Israel. If you stay abroad less than 72 hours, you are not required to present a negative result on a PCR test before boarding.
    • A negative rapid test result taken 24 hours before the flight to Israel (not a home-kit)
    • A Positive result on a PCR test taken 3 months before departure, on condition that at least 11 days pass from the day of testing.
    • Permission from the Exceptions Committee to enter Israel without taking a PCR test before departure.

    As well as one of the documents below:

    • Certificate of vaccination attesting to your vaccination in accordance with the protocol set by Israel.
    • Certificate of recovery digitally verifiable by the Ministry of Health
    • Israeli passport

     NOTE

    You might also be asked to present all of these certificates and documents to officials upon arrival in Israel.

During flight

You must wear a mask over your nose and mouth (for anyone 6 years of age and older), stay away from others and practice personal hygiene.

At the Airport in Israel

You must take a PCR test upon arrival in the airport in Israel.

Upon arrival in Israel, you must take a PCR test, in addition to the one that you took before the flight. This guidance applies to all travelers of all ages arriving in Israel, including those vaccinated and recovered.

Test costs:

  • 115 Shekels – for those paying in the airport in cash.
  • 80 Shekels – for prepayment over the link that you receive upon completion of the online entry statement form within 48 hours before boarding. 

Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V vaccine must take a serologic test at Ben Gurion International Airport:

  • If the serologic test result is positive, you are eligible for a Green Pass valid for one month and for reduced isolation (until you get a negative PCR test taken upon arrival in Israel; the first day of isolation is entry day).
  • If the serologic test result is negative, you will have to go back to your country of origin.

How to shorten isolation

Access to terminal halls in Israel is reserved to ticketed travelers only. Companions or greeters are not allowed to enter, except chaperones of minors or caregivers of people with disabilities. .

Upon arrival in Ben Gurion International Airport, random document inspections are conducted and travelers must meet the requirements of the Population and Immigration Authority.

Isolation

Detailed information on mandatory isolation upon arrival in Israel from abroad

NOTE

As of 29.11.2021 - those who have been ordered to enter short isolation can leave isolation only after receiving a negative result on a PCR test taken on the third day after entering Israel (the day of entry into Israel is the first day of isolation). Those who do not take the additional test on the third day - will have to complete full insulation.
Those arriving from a country on the red list will be transferred to a managed isolation facility after taking a PCR test in the airport. If the result is negative - they will be allowed to complete isolation at home, provided they declare that they can stay in an isolation accommodation by themselves, no household members or other persons.

NOTE

  • Non-Israeli citizens who fail to meet the above mentioned requirements cannot enter Israel and will have to go back to their country of origin.
  • Non-Israeli citizens who present a fake document, or found to be confirmed cases, refuse to go to an isolation facility, or breach an isolation requirement shall be denied entry to Israel for 5 years.
  • Non-Israeli citizens not found to be confirmed cases and breach isolation would be denied entry to Israel for 3 years.

Israeli Citizens: Air Travel

Israeli citizens may be granted entry to Israel even if unvaccinated or non-infected.

Before air travel

At the international airport in Israel

Recognition of foreign vaccination or recovery certificates by Israel

Entry process for Israelis who have been vaccinated or who have recovered outside of Israel

Serologic testing and monthly Green Pass

Before air travel

1. It is required to take a PCR test within 72 hours before the scheduled time of flight to Israel. Only those with a negative test result will be permitted to board the flight.

The test result must be in English, and include the traveler's passport number. Rapid tests or tests of any other type are not accepted.

Holders of a Ministry of Health-issued Green Pass may take a rapid (antigen) test instead of a PCR test in the 24 hours before departure to Israel. The test should be administered by a certified sampler (not a home test kit) and will be required to present an official negative result in English.

The following are exempt from pre-flight PCR test:

  • Those who stay less than 72 hours outside of Israel
  • Those infected and recovered who can present airline with a positive test result on a PCR test taken less than 3 months before the day of air travel, provided that at least 11 days pass from testing day. Note that everyone must take a PCR test on arrival in Israel.

If you transit to Israel and the time between the first flight and the flight that takes you to Israel is more than 24 hours, you must take the test within 72 hours before the scheduled time of the flight that arrives in Israel.

Humanitarian cases or in case of substantial trouble to access testing, submit a petition to the Exceptions Committee for an exemption from testing.

2. Within 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure to Israel, you must fill out and submit the online statement form for travelers arriving in Israel.

You must fill out your personal details and the personal details of the persons traveling with you, check a health declaration, provide information about your vaccination or recovery, and state your isolation address.

Once the form is complete, you will get a link to prepay for the PCR test on arrival in Israel, which is in addition to the pre-flight test. The PCR test costs NIS 80 (instead of NIS 115 f paid in cash upon arrival in the airport).

3. Before boarding, you will be required to present airline with a confirmation that you completed the entry statement form.

You may present a digital copy of this confirmation. You are not required to print it.
Keep this confirmation for border control in Israel.

Additionally, you must present one of the documents below:

  • A negative result on a PCR test that you took within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure to Israel.
  • Negative result on a rapid test that you took in the 24 hours before departure to Israel. This option is only available for holders of a valid, Ministry of Health-issued Green Pass, and on the condition that the test was administered by a certified sampler (not a home test kit).
  • A positive result on a PCR test that you took 3 months before the scheduled time of departure, provided that at least 11 days pass from testing day.
  • Exemption from the Exceptions Committee to enter Israel without taking a pre-flight PCR test.

NOTE: If requested to do so, you must present all pf these certificates and documents to officials upon arrival in Israel.

Before boarding the flight

It is required to wear a mask over the nose and mouth (for persons 6 years old and older), to practice social distancing and personal hygiene.

At the international airport in Israel

PCR tests are required upon arrival in the airport in Israel.
You must take a PCR test upon arrival in the airport, which is in addition to the test you took before you boarded the flight. This requirement applies to all travelers of all ages arriving in Israel, including vaccinated and recovered persons.

Test cost:

  • NIS 115 – if you pay in cash at the airport
  • NIS 80 – if you prepay within 48 hours before your flight via the link that you get upon completion of the online statement form for travelers arriving in Israel

NOTE: Access to terminal halls is restricted to ticketed travelers only. Companions and greeters are not allowed to access the halls, except chaperones of minors or caregivers of people with disabilities.

Isolation

Detailed information on mandatory isolation upon arrival in Israel from abroad

NOTE

As of 29.11.2021 - those who have been ordered to enter short isolation can leave isolation only after receiving a negative result on a PCR test taken on the third day after entering Israel (the day of entry into Israel is the first day of isolation). Those who do not take the additional test on the third day - will have to complete full insulation.
Those arriving from a country on the red list will be transferred to a managed isolation facility after taking a PCR test in the airport. If the result is negative - they will be allowed to complete isolation at home, provided they declare that they can stay in an isolation accommodation by themselves, no household members or other persons.

Israeli citizens who have been vaccinated or recovered abroad 

Recognition of foreign vaccination or recovery certificates by Israel

To have a vaccination or recovery certificate from abroad recognized by Israel, they must comply with the protocol set by Israel.
Recognition of a recovery or vaccination from abroad by Israel means you get an option to reduce isolation upon arrival in Israel, to get a COVID certificate and a Green Pass and receive the same privileges as vaccinated or recovered individuals in Israel.

Who are the vaccinated and recovered individuals recognized by the State of Israel?

1. Those vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, the Serum Institute of India or Johnson and Johnson vaccines, and effective 1.12.2021 also Sputnik-V (pending a positive test result on a serologic test that must be taken in Israel):

  • People who have been vaccinated with two doses (or one dose in the case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and at least 14 days pass from the day of the second shot at the time of arrival in Israel (but no more than 180 days from the day of departure from Israel).
  • People who have been vaccinated with a booster and 14 days or more pass from the vaccination day at the day of arrival in Israel.

NOTE: Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V vaccine are required to stay in isolation until testing positive on a serologic test and negative on a PCR test that they take on arrival in Israel. If a negative result on a PCR test is not received within 24 hours from the time of arrival in Israel, isolation must continue until receiving a positive test result on a serologic test.

2. Those who hold a digital certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health, on the basis of a positive result on a NAAT test (a molecular test similar to PCR):

  • Those who arrive in Israel 11 days or more after the NAAT test (but no more than 190 days at the day of departure from Israel).
  • Those who, in addition to recovery, have also been vaccinated with at least one dose of a WHO-approved vaccine (there is no significance to the sequence of events).

NOTE: Certificates from the UK are not recognized yet by the Ministry of Health in Israel.

List of countries that issue certificates that are digitally verifiable by the Ministry of Health's systems in Israel

Process of entry to Israel

Those who have been vaccinated or who have recovered abroad and wish to have their vaccination or recovery status recognized by Israel are required to take several addition steps beyond the process that all travelers arriving in Israel are required to take:

1. When filling out the declaration form for travelers arriving in Israel that must be filled within 48 hours before boarding the flight:

  • Those who hold a certificate that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's systems can scan or upload their certificate of vaccination or recovery to the statement form and they will receive a Green Pass before boarding the flight.
  • Those who do not hold a certificate that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's systems can declare what vaccine they have received, and attach the relevant documents; they will receive a Green Pass before boarding the flight.

2. When boarding the flight: In addition to a negative PCR test or rapid (antigen) test taken within 72 hours before the flight and the confirmation of completion of the statement form for travelers arriving in Israel, they must also present one of the following documents when boarding the flight:

  • Certificate of vaccination attesting to vaccines administered in accordance with the protocol required by Israel; or
  • Certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's systems; or
  • Permission to enter Israel without a test or
  • Israeli passport

3. Upon arrival in Ben Gurion International Airport, they must pass random document verifications and meet the requirements of the Population and Immigration Authority.

Serologic testing and a monthly Green Pass

Who is required to take a serologic test upon arrival in Israel in order to be eligible for a monthly Green Pass and reduced isolation?

  • Israelis vaccinated with one or more doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine (effective 1.12.2021)
  • Israelis who have recovered within six months after recovery and do not hold a certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health's systems.
  • Israelis who have recovered and vaccinated with one or more doses, but whose recovery has not been established by a PCR test and/or whose vaccine has not been recognized by the WHO.

You must isolate after the serologic test upon arrival in Israel.

  • If the serologic test result is positive, you are eligible for a monthly Green Pass and for reduced isolation on the 3rd day after arrival in Israel, you are required to take an additional PCR test. Failure to test will incur a fine.
  • If the serologic test result is negative, you visit Israel after you complete the full isolation period (namely: 14 days, with an option for shorter isolation if you take a PCR test on the 7th day of isolation, and provided that you meet all of the requirements), or you have the option to return to your port of origin during the isolation period.

How to apply for a shorter isolation

Land & Sea Travel

Before traveling to Israel

Foreign nationals

Foreign nationals are required to receive a special entry clearance from the Population and Immigration Authority. Without this clearance, they will not be allowed to arrive in Israel.

Guidance for arriving travelers

1. You are required to take a PCR test in the 72 hours before arrival in Israel. Only those who received a negative result on this test will be allowed to arrive in Israel.

The test result must be in English and specify the traveler's passport number. Rapid tests or tests of any other kind will not be acceptable.

Holders of a Ministry of Health-issued Green Pass may take a rapid test instead of a PCR test in the 24 hours before arrival in Israel. The test should be administered by a certified sampler (not a home test kit) and will be required to present an official negative result in English.

The following are exempt from the pre-arrival PCR test:

  • Those who stayed outside Israeli territories for less than 72 hours.
  • Those who recovered from COVID-19 and present before arrival a positive result on a PCR test taken before less than 3 months, on the condition that at least 11 days passed from the date of the test.
    In contrast, the PCR test requirement upon arrival in Israel applies to all travelers.
  • 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

2. You are required to fill out the entry statement form in the 48 hours before arrival in Israel.

You must fill out the online entry form within 48 hours before your scheduled travel to Israel.

Once you have completed the form, you will receive a link for prepayment for the PCR test that you will take upon arrival in Israel, in addition to the pre-arrival test. The test costs 100 Shekels.

You may also make a prepayment in the website of Sheba Target Company or in the border crossing itself.

At the border crossing to Israel

1. Upon arrival in Israel, you are required to present the following documents:

Confirmation attesting to the completion of the entry statement form. You may present a digital copy of this confirmation, you are not required to print it.

One of the following documents:

  • Negative result on a PCR test that you took in the 72 hours before arrival in Israel.
  • Negative result on a rapid test that you took in the 24 hours before arrival in Israel. This option is only available for holders of a valid, Ministry of Health-issued Green Pass, and on the condition that the test was administered by a certified sampler (not a home test kit).
  • Positive result on a PCR test that you took in the 3 months before arrival in Israel, on the condition that at least 11 days have passed since the date of the test.
  • Clearance by the Exceptions Committee for arrival in Israel without a PCR test.

Foreign nationals will be required to present a special entry clearance from the Population and Immigration Authority.

2. You are required to take a PCR test at the border crossing. This test is in addition to the one that you took before arrival in Israel.

The test costs 100 NIS.

Border crossings where PCR tests are administered are Allenby Bridge, Taba, the Jordan River and Rabin.

Mandatory Isolation

Who must isolate?

Persons arriving in Israel from abroad must go into isolation.

All travelers sharing the same flight can isolate together.

If you are instructed to isolate for a different reason than your household member, it is recommended you do not share the same isolation accommodation.

Those who stayed in a red country in the last 14 days will be required to stay in an isolation site where no people other than them live or stay.

Isolation requirements

Isolation Site

Those coming to Israel countries on the red list will be ordered to go into isolation in a managed isolation facility until they receive a negative test result on the PCR test that they took upon arrival in Israel. If the result is negative, they will be allowed to spend the remainder of their isolation period at home, on the condition that they state that they are able to stay in an isolation site where no people other than them live or stay.

Those arriving from yellow or orange destinations will be required to go into home isolation.

Isolation Duration

The duration of isolation is determined by the country you come from, 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 – Effective 29.11.2021, the reduced isolation will last until you receive a negative result on the PCR test that you will take upon arrival in Israel (the day of arrival in Israel is day 1 of isolation). 
  • Full isolation – Lasts 14 days. You can shorten the full isolation if you take a PCR test on the 7th days of isolation and get a negative result, and if you meet all of the requirements and restrictions.

Please note: Those ordered to go into reduced isolation may only end their isolation after receiving a negative result on an additional PCR test that they take on the 3rd day after arrival in Israel (the day of arrival in Israel constitutes day 1 of isolation). Those who will not take the additional test on the 3rd day will be required to complete the full isolation period.

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 Green Pass issued by the Ministry of Health

72 hours

Effective 29.11.2021, until receiving a negative result on the PCR test that you will take on the 3rd day after arrival in Israel.

14 days with option for shorter isolation

Isolation calculator: how long should you isolate?

Check what list a country is on

How to shorten isolation

What cases are allowed to go into 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:

  • Vaccinated or recovered individuals who are holders of a valid Green Pass issued by the Ministry of Health
  • Holders of a certificate of recovery that is digitally verifiable by the Ministry of Health on the basis of a positive result on a NAAT test (a molecular test similar to PCR), and if no more than 6 months pass from recovery.
  • Those vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (and effective 1.12.2021 also the Sputnik-V vaccine, on the condition that they receive a positive result on a serologic test taken in Israel) in accordance with the protocol set in Israel, that is to say:
  • They are vaccinated with two doses (or one dose in case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and at least 14 days pass from the second vaccine dose at the day of arrival in Israel (but no more than 180 days at the day of leaving Israel).
  • They are vaccinated with the booster shot and at least 14 days pass from the second vaccine at the day of arrival in Israel.

NOTE

Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V vaccine will stay in isolation until they receive a positive result on the serologic test taken upon arrival in Israel and a negative result on a PCR test taken on the third day after entry to Israel (the day of entry in Israel is day 1 of isolation).

Who needs to complete 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 a PCR test taken 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

Those required to isolate may not use public transportation to travel to the isolation accommodation (including domestic flights and trains). They may use taxis on condition that both driver and passenger wear masks with open windows. Passengers are required to isolate immediately upon arrival.

Those  arriving from countries on the red list will be taken to a managed isolation facility until they receive a negative test result on the PCR test taken arrival in Israel. If the result is negative, they will be allowed to complete isolation at home, on condition they state that they are able to stay in an isolation accommodation alone by themselves, no other people or household members.

Those who breach isolation requirements or use public transportation will be fined and ordered to complete isolation in a motel. The fine is 5,000 NIS. A guardian of a minor under 12 who breaches an isolation requirement living in the same household might also be fined.  

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