COVID-19 Update-When Will Travel to Israel Resume?

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The Israeli travel industry experienced a record-breaking year in 2019. An astounding 4.55 million tourists flocked to the Holy Land to experience some of the world’s most important sites. The tourism industry was equally optimistic about projections for 2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic brought international travel to a halt. Now industry workers and travel lovers are left wondering: when will Israel travel open? We’ve got your back with updates and inspiration to dream up adventures to come!

The rules and regulations in Israel are slowly becoming more relaxed, with the law of wearing face masks outdoors revoked in June 2021, but mask-wearing inside is still mandatory.

Groups of 5 or more tourists will be allowed into Israel from September 19, 2021. This means that groups of 5 or more (families, friends, etc) can travel together. If you want to visit Israel but are less than 5 people, individuals or couples, you can join special group packages which comply with the rules, and begin from October 2021. There are currently no dates set for when individual travelers will be allowed to enter Israel without restrictions. Read on to learn more.

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Updated on September 19, 2021

Can Tourists Visit Israel Now?

Tourists can visit Israel from September 19, 2021 as long as they are traveling in a group of 5 or more people, arriving and departing together, and are fully vaccinated. That means that families or groups of 5+ can arrange a special tour as part of this program. Less than 5 people? Individuals, solo travelers, or couples, can joinspecial group tour packages which are available from October.

Thanks to Israel’s high vaccination rate, life in the country has returned to a situation that is close to normal.

The current expected timeline for Israel’s re-opening to tourists is as follows:

  • From September 19, families, groups of friends, or other groups of 5-30 people will be able to visit from non-red countries, which don’t require a tourist visa. Read more about the groups program.
  • From October 2021, special group tours will be available to all vaccinated travelers who are coming from green and orange countries (currently everywhere aside from Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, and Bulgaria).
  • Currently, tourists cannot enter Israel as individuals, unless they are coming to visit a first degree relative or have other special permission. Meanwhile, most hotels in Israel have mostly re-opened.
  • The re-opening of Israel for individual tourists not traveling in a group is currently not scheduled. It is likely to be limited to fully vaccinated visitors who have also completed negative covid tests. Once individual tourists are allowed to travel to Israel, most Israel package tours and regular tours will resume. We do not recommend booking until it is clear what the travel regulations are. 

The information above is of course, subject to change. Sign up for updates at the bottom of this page in order to be the first to know when things change.

Who Can Visit from September 2021? Do I need a Vaccine or Covid-19 Test to Visit Israel?

Whilst the situation is still dynamic and subject to change, the current plan for reopening has not been published officially. It is expected to eventually be the following requirements (this is expected to be the process but is not yet officially confirmed):

  1. Tourists who are fully vaccinated (2 or 3 doses completed within 5 months) with vaccines approved by the USA or European Union (Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Johnson and Johnson) which includes around 45 countries including USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, etc will be able to enter Israel with a negative PCR corona test taken before the flight, a vaccination certificate, and a serological test upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, as well as an additional negative PCR test. Since June 16th, 2021, all travelers entering Israel must quarantine for 24h upon arrival in Israel or until a negative test result is received. Before leaving Israel a PCR test is required.
  2. Tourists who are fully vaccinated with vaccines not approved by the USA or European Union will be able to enter Israel with a negative PCR corona test taken before the flight, a vaccination certificate, and a rapid serological test (finger prick) on arrival to Ben Gurion Airport. As of June 16th, 2021, all travelers entering Israel must quarantine for 24h upon arrival in Israel or until a negative test result is received. Before leaving Israel a PCR test is required.
  3. Tourists who are not vaccinated but have recovered from Covid-19 are not approved to travel into the country.
  4. Tourists from “red” countries with a high rate of covid-19 will not be allowed to visit Israel. The countries that are on this restricted “red” list as of September 10, 2021 are: Turkey, Bulgaria, Mexico, Brazil.

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How can I make travel to Israel more comfortable? Where can I get tested?

With regulations changing constantly, read about how to get a Covid test in Israel for precise information about the testing on arrival to and departure from Israel. Before leaving Israel, carrying out a Door to Door Covid test or at the Tel Aviv covid test center helps avoid the hassle of going to a hospital or an extra trip to the airport.

Due to the more complex nature of the airport experience during these times, using a VIP fast-track airport service can make the airport experience hassle-free and more comfortable both on arrival and departure. Whilst this service can skip most queues and reduce time dramatically, the private Fattal Terminal reduces queues entirely and you will transfer to a dedicated area of the airport in a luxury car.

What are the current Israel travel restrictions? Where I can visit Israel from?

COVID-19 Update-When Will Travel to Israel Resume?

All tourists arriving in Israel must quarantine for at least 24 hours. Tourists who have been vaccinated must quarantine until they receive a negative serological Covid-19 test. To learn how and when you need to get tested for Covid-19 in Israel, read our guide. Or click here to learn how to get a Covid test in Israel easily and quickly.

Flights to Israel- Who’s Flying to Tel Aviv?

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As of September flights to Israel have resumed, with around 150 flights a day from destinations around the world. More flights are expected to begin during the coming weeks, and most airlines are expected to re-start their flights to Tel Aviv by the fall months of 2021. Stay informed on which airlines are flying to Israel during COVID-19 here.

Got Wanderlust? Get Inspiration!

COVID-19 Update-When Will Travel to Israel Resume?

Many of us are experiencing restricted movement for the first time, and the wanderlust blues are real. Travel is symbolic of our freedom and joie de vivre. Not being able to jump on a plane or cross a border is a sobering reminder of how our reality has been impacted. One thing is certain: when travel does resume, it will taste that much sweeter and we won’t take a moment for granted. As we wait with eager anticipation, fill yourself with some inspiration with our bucket-list of adventures to come!

In Israel? Plan a Staycation

COVID-19 Update-When Will Travel to Israel Resume?

If you’re in Israel at the moment, now is the perfect time to plan a staycation! Restrictions are slowly lifting and the country is buzzing with its vibrant energy once again. Masada National Park has re-opened, and we know that your legs are begging for a hike! Check the official government guidelines for updated information here. Then read up on the best restaurants in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the best beaches in Israel, the best national parks in Israel, the best luxury hotels in Israel, as well as spas and activities to make sure you’re ready to go on the green light. Whether you’re physically in Israel, or just at heart: get ready to fall in love with the Holy Land all over again.

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