Leaving Israel

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

Requirements

By Air

Israeli citizens and residents are banned from leaving Israel to a country on the red list.

  • It is possible to request permission from the Exceptions Committee to travel to a country on the red list.
    File a request
  • The travel ban does not apply to transits in countries on the red list, on condition that the travelers stay in the airport transit area less than 12 hours, and that they do not leave the airport.
  • This guidance does not apply to foreign nationals.

Before leaving Israel

  1. Check the policy of your destination

It is your responsibility to check the requirements of your destination and the the entry policy of foreign nationals; for instance, if you must fill out forms, get tested, to quarantine upon arrival etc.

List of countries that recognize Israeli COVID certificates 

  1. Take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure from Israel

Only those who test negative will be allowed to board the flight. This restrictions applies to all travelers of all ages leaving Israel.

Test results must be written in English and include the traveler's passport number. Rapid tests or tests of any other type are not accepted.

The PCR test must be taken by one of the hospitals that are approved for private coronavirus testing or in another facility approved for pre-flight testing.

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

  • Those who stayed in Israel less than 72 hours (from the time of arrival in Israel to the time of departure)
  • Holders of a valid Israel COVID certificate issued by the Ministry of Health based on vaccination or recovery. It can be presented before the flight instead of PCR test result. 

    Note that this exemption is local. If your destination requires travelers to present a negative result on a PCR test before the flight, the test should be taken according to the requirements set by your destination.

  1. Within 24 hours before leaving Israel, you must fill out an exit statement form
  • You are required to fill out your personal details and the details of your travel companions, and state that you do not intend to visit a country on the red list, unless you have permission from the Exceptions Committee.
  • All Israeli citizens and residents 16 years of age and older are required to fill out the form.
  1. You should make sure that you are allowed to travel
  • If you do not know whether you are a confirmed case, or if you must stay in isolation, or whether you are prevented from leaving Israel, you should check the website of the Immigration and Population Authority.
  • Travelers found to be confirmed cases or persons required to be in isolation will not be allowed to board the flight and will be fined.

At the airport

Before boarding the flight, present airline with:

  1. A confirmation of completion of the exit statement form.
  2. One of the following:
  • A Negative result on a PCR test taken within 72 hours before boarding
  • A valid COVID certificate issued by the Israeli Ministry of Health

NOTE

Access to terminal halls is restricted to ticketed travelers only. Chaperones or greeters may not enter the terminal, except for the chaperones of minors or caregivers of people with disabilities.

During flight

You must wear a mask over your nose and mouth (this guidance applies to everyone 6 years of age and older), and practice social distancing and personal hygiene.

 What are the risks of COVID infection abroad? (HE)

 

By Land & Sea

All travel to a country on the red list by Israeli citizens and residents is banned.

  • It is possible to ask for permission to travel to a country on the red list from the Exceptions Committee.
    Apply to the Exceptions Committee
  • This ban does not apply to non-Israeli citizens or residents.

Before leaving Israel

1. Check the policy of your destination

It is your responsibility to check what the border policy of your destination and requirements regarding entry of foreign nationals are, for example, whether you are required to fill out any forms, get tested, quarantine upon arrival, and so on.
List of countries that recognize Israeli COVID certificates

2. Take a PCR test within 72 hours before leaving Israel

Only those who receive a negative test result can cross the border. This applies to all travelers of all ages leaving Israel.

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

The PCR test must be taken in one of the hospitals that provide private coronavirus testing, or an approved facility that provides pre-flight testing.

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

  • Those who stayed in Israel less than 72 hours (from the time of arrival in Israel to the time of leaving).
  • Holders of a valid Green Pass, issued by the Ministry of Health on the basis of vaccination or recovery. It can be presented at the border crossing instead of the PCR test result.

Note that this exemption is local. If your destination requires travelers to present a negative result on a PCR test, the test should be taken according to the requirements set by your destination.

3. Make sure that you are permitted to travel

  • If you have any doubts as to your status as a confirmed case, as a person required to be in isolation, or as a person who cannot leave Israel because of legal issues, check the Immigration and Population Authority's website.
  • Travelers found to be confirmed cases or persons required to be in isolation will not be allowed to cross and will be fined.

At the border crossing

You must wear a mask over your nose and mouth (this guidance applies to anyone aged 6 and older), practice social distancing and personal hygiene.

What are the risks of COVID infection abroad?

Testing

Where can you get tested before leaving Israel?

You can make an appointment for a PCR test for international travel in one of the approved hospitals that provide private COVID-19 testing or in any other approved facility that provides pre-flight testing.

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. your passport number

Will you be required to go into 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 required to go into isolation and to follow the requirements for confirmed cases. You will not be permitted to leave Israel until can provide proof of recovery.

What are the risks of infection with coronavirus abroad? (HE)