Guide to Covid Tests in Israel – How to get tested and when a test is needed

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Wondering how and when you need to get a Covid Test if you are planning a trip to Israel? Currently getting tested while traveling to Israel is still important and required to keep track of the spread of Covid-19. This applies whether you are vaccinated or not. After a year and a half of social distancing, mask-wearing, and Zooming, life is slowly starting to seem a little more normal. But our health and safety are still as important as ever. Here’s an explanation on Covid Tests in Israel.

Updated on November 28, 2021

For a simple way to get a Covid test to your door in Israel before leaving Israel, check our Door to Door PCR Covid Test which is carried out at the location of your choice anywhere in Israel. Tests are also available at our Covid test center in Tel Aviv.

Who needs a Covid Test when traveling to Israel?

The regulations on who is allowed to travel to Israel are constantly changing. For the updated details on who is allowed to travel to Israel, read Covid-19 Update: When Will Travel to Israel Resume?

Currently, a negative PCR test is necessary upon arrival in Israel. However, many airlines and most countries require a negative PCR test before departure as well. Continue reading for specific information about the regulations for arrival and departure.

Guide to Covid Tests in Israel

What’s needed to travel to Israel? How to get a Covid Test when arriving in Israel? 

  • All people traveling in and out of Israel are required to have 2 or 3 vaccination shots completed within the past 5 months.
  • All incoming travelers must carry proof of a negative PCR test carried out in the 72 hours prior to the flight. This is a requirement in order to board the flight.
  • A Ministry of Interior entry form must be filled out in the 48 hours before your flight. You should be prepared to show this at check-in or boarding of your flight.
  • Once landing in Israel, a PCR test at the airport is required. Stay updated on flights to Israel for the latest information. Currently all travelers entering Israel must go into quarantine for 24h or until a negative test is received.
  • PCR tests at the airport can be arranged on the spot or pre-booked (pre-booking should result in a shorter waiting time). They cost 80-100 NIS.
  • A VIP Fast Track service at the airport (from $180 per group) can reduce queues in the terminal both on arrival and departure and make the experience far more relaxed. For those who would prefer to entirely avoid queues and relax in a private lounge with transfers to/from the aircraft by vip car, the Fattal Private Terminal (from $450 per group) can avoid the entire main passenger terminal and by its nature is entirely wait free.

How to get a Covid Test in Israel before leaving Israel?

A negative PCR covid test carried out within 72 hours before your flight is necessary for all tourists exiting Israel. Israeli passport holders who have a valid vaccination or recovery certificate do not need this test to exit Israel; however, it might be required by the airline or country you are flying to. The process can be a little confusing. There are three main ways to do this test:

  • Private to-your-door PCR covid test. A representative arrives directly to where you are staying (home or hotel) and delivers the results to your email within 36 hours. This option is the most convenient, and avoiding standing in lines, visiting hospitals, or waiting for results. Cost is from $149 per person. More information
  • Covid test center in Tel Aviv. The tests are available at our central location in Tel Aviv every day from 2pm to 6pm (including Saturday). Results are delivered by email in English within 36 hours (48 hours on holidays and weekends). Cost is from $99 per person. More information.
  • Test at a hospital or a clinic. This is a private and often complicated process for non Israeli passport holders as many clinics are not able to provide the service to non Israeli citizens, and others are not able to provide the required documentation in English. Cost in a private hospital such as Assuta Medical Centers, is, as of May 2021, approx $220 (750 ILS) for Israeli citizens and $290 (950 ILS) for non-Israeli citizens.
  • PCR test at the Ben Gurion Airport lab. This requires you to go to the airport a day before your flight in order to do the test, and then return again a day later (so factor in an extra two-way airport transfer). Or you can arrive at the airport 7-8 hours before your flight and pay extra for a quick test.
  • Private to-your-door Serological Test. A representative arrives directly to you accommodation and test results will be delivered to your email in English 9h after the test was done (tests made between 7-11 am), or until 4 pm (tests made after 11am) the following day. Another option is to book an appointment at the test center in Lod, near Ben Gurion airport. The cost is from $279 per person.
  • For those who travel from Israel to Jordan by land, and then depart from Jordan, no Covid test is needed to leave Israel, but it might be required to leave Jordan. More info on PCR tests in Jordan is available here.

There are many options for transport to Ben Gurion airport. It is also worth considering using a VIP fast-track service at Ben Gurion Airport when traveling to avoid crowds during the pandemic.

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