Leaving Israel

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

Requirements

By Air

Before you travel

Check the requirements of your destination

  • All travel of Israeli citizens or residents to a destination with the highest COVID-19 risk is banned, with exceptions. You can petition the Exceptions Committee for permission to travel to these destinations. This travel ban does not apply to people who transit through these destinations, but only if they stay in the airport transit area no more than 12 hours. This ban does not apply to foreign nationals.
  • It is your responsibility to check the restrictions and requirements of your destination regarding foreign nationals: whether you must get tested, and whether you are required to enter isolation on arrival and so on.
  • Only PCR tests are admissible, rapid tests or any other test types are not accepted
  • This order applies to all travelers of all ages leaving Israel.

Pre-departure test

  • If you stayed in Israel 72 hours or more, you must present an Israeli vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time from Israel. Boarding will be permitted only if your PCR test is negative. The PCR test result must be in English, and include the traveler's passport number.
  • You can get tested in one of the hospitals that offer private COVID-19 testing.
  • Only PCR tests are admissible, rapid tests are not accepted.

Submit the exit statement form

You must fill out and submit the online exit statement form no more than 24 hours before your scheduled departure time from Israel. You will have to provide your personal information and the personal details of the people traveling with you, and agree not to visit a destination with the highest COVID-19 risk, unless you have permission from the Exceptions Committee.
All Israeli citizens and residents 16 years of age and older must submit this form.

Check whether you cannot leave Israel

If you are unsure whether you are registered as a COVID-19 patient, or as a person who must enter isolation, or there is a stay of exit order on your name, check the Population and Immigration Authority's website. If you are a confirmed patient or required to stay in isolation, you will be denied boarding under penalty of law. 

At the airport

Requirement for Presenting a COVID-19 test result, or vaccination, or recovery certificate

You must show the airline one of the documents below:

  • Negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before scheduled departure time from Israel.
  • An Israeli vaccination or recovery certificate.

Show your travel clearance

Before boarding, you must show the airline a clearance to leave Israel that you get after submitting the exit statement form.  

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 that covers the nose and mouth on board the aircraft.

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 you travel

Check the requirements of your destination

Pre-travel testing 

  • If you stayed in Israel 72 hours or more, you must present an Israeli vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before leaving Israel. The PCR test result must be in English, and include the traveler's passport number.
  • You can get tested in one of the hospitals that offer private COVID-19 testing.
  • Only PCR tests are admissible, rapid tests or any other test types are not accepted
  • This order applies to all travelers of all ages leaving Israel.

Check whether you cannot leave Israel

If you are unsure whether you are registered as a COVID-19 patient, or as a person who must enter isolation, or there is a stay of exit order on your name, check the Population and Immigration Authority's website. If you are a confirmed patient or required to stay in isolation, you will be prohibited from crossing under penalty of law.

Testing

Where can I get tested before leaving Israel?

You can make an appointment for a PCR test in one of the hospitals that offer private COVID-19 testing.

What is the cost of a PCR test?

A PCR test in a hospital costs NIS 297 maximum.

What must the test result record include?

The hospital will provide you with a test result record in English. You need to make sure that the record has:

  1. your full name in English identical to the name printed in your passport
  2. passport number

Will you be required to enter isolation after testing?

If you take a test because you intend to travel internationally, you are not required to enter isolation between the time of testing and the time of planned travel from Israel, as long as you are not required to enter isolation for a different reason.

What happens if the PCR test result is positive?

If your PCR test result is positive, you will be instructed to enter isolation and you will not be permitted to leave Israel.

Contact information and availability of hospitals offering private COVID-19 testing