COVID-19 Update: Israel Travel Rules & Guidelines

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The COVID pandemic has changed the face of global travel. These days, regulations can be tricky to navigate when traveling to Israel. The most dramatic change in Israel’s entry policy since the start of the pandemic means that Israel is now open to most travelers. However, the fine print can be hard to navigate. Read on for the most updated regulations and conditions for travel to Israel in the COVID era. The information below is subject to change, so sign up for updates at the bottom of this page to stay updated.

Updated on January 23, 2022

What are Israel’s current travel rules for Covid? Who Can Visit?

  • As of January 9, 2022, vaccinated and recovered tourists from all countries are allowed to enter Israel, with the exception of unvaccinated children.
  • Israeli citizens may travel to all countries.
  • All arrivals to Israel must take a PCR test at the airport. Then, they must quarantine for 24 hours or until they receive a negative result from the PCR test. The results arrive usually in less than 24 hours.
  • Non-vaccinated Israeli citizens returning from travel will take a PCR test at the airport. Then, they must quarantine for 14 days. After 7 days, after receiving a negative result on an additional PCR test, they may be released from quarantine.

Read on for more detailed information.

Who is considered Vaccinated or Recovered?

  • Fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Sinovak or Sinopharm vaccine (entire stay in Israel within 180 days of the 2nd shot or anytime after a 3rd shot). Latest shot at least 14 days before arrival in Israel (not including the day of vaccination).
  • Fully vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (1 shot). Shot at least 14 days before arrival and within 180 days of departure from Israel.
  • Fully vaccinated with the Sputnik-V vaccine. However, people who have received this vaccine will be required to take a serological test in Israel.
  • Recovered from Covid with positive results from an NAAT test (molecular test similar to a PCR). The NAAT test needs to be older than 11 days upon arrival in Israel, and cannot be older than 190 days upon departure from Israel.
  • Recovered from Covid (and can provide proof of past positive test result) and have received at least 1 dose of a WHO approved vaccine. The positive Covid test result must be at least 11 days old before arrival and within 180 days of traveling to Israel.

From which countries may tourists enter Israel?

  • Starting from January 9, 2022, tourists will be permitted to travel to Israel from all countries. As of January 6, 2022, there are no countries are the Red List.

What forms and tests are needed to travel to Israel?

The following forms are mandatory to be able to board a flight to Israel. 

1- A printed-out incoming passenger form, which must be filled out within 36 hours before flying to Israel. In this form you should either:

  • Upload an approved digital vaccination or recovery certificate (EU countries, UK, and others) and receive an approval to travel boarding the flight. This approval should be automatic.
  • Or enter their vaccinations on the incoming passenger form and fill an additional form for shortening isolation, to which you should attach the vaccination confirmations, and receive a green pass before boarding the flight.

2- One of the documents below:

  • A negative result on a PCR test taken 72 hours before departure to Israel.
  • OR a negative test result from a rapid Antigen test performed by a recognized lab, taken 24 hours before departure to Israel. Home testing kit results will not be accepted.
  • OR a Positive result on a PCR test taken between 3 months and 11 days before the flight.
  • OR Permission from the Exceptions Committee to enter Israel without taking a PCR test before departure.

3- 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
  • Special entry permit
  • Israeli passport

Jordan Land Border Crossing Rules & Guidelines

As of January 19, 2022, Jordan has opened its land borders with Israel for tourism. For those traveling between Israel and Jordan via the Yitzhak Rabin, Allenby, or Jordan River land border crossings, the following sets of rules and regulations apply:

Procedure for entering Jordan from Israel by land:

  • Must present code received after filling out the Travel to Jordan declaration form.
  • Must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours before crossing.
  • When crossing the border into Jordan you will be required to take another PCR test in addition to the above, requiring payment.

Procedure for entering Israel from Jordan by land:

1- Must present a digital or printed confirmation of having filled out the entry statement form.
2- Must present one of the following documents:

  • Negative result on a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Israel.
  • Negative result on a professional Antigen rapid test taken within 24 hours before arrival in Israel (not by home test kits).
  • Positive result on a PCR test taken within 3 months before arrival in Israel, with at least 8 days passed since test date.
  • Clearance by the Exceptions Committee for arrival in Israel without a PCR test.

3- When crossing the border into Israel you will be required to take another PCR test in addition to one of the above tests.

The following are exempt from the pre-arrival PCR test or the rapid test before entering Israel:

  • Those who stayed outside Israeli territories for less than 72 hours.
  • Those who recovered from COVID-19 and present a positive result on a PCR test taken within the last 3 months, with at least 8 days passed from the date of the test.

While travel between Jordan and Israel is somewhat complicated at the moment, Tourist Israel offers tours and services that make it as easy as possible. Currently, the hours of the border crossing limit our full offering of tours to Petra. But starting from February 1, 2022, our Petra and Wadi Rum 2 Day Tour will be running twice a week from Eilat. You can book your PCR Test in our Test Center in Tel Aviv or PCR Test Center in Jerusalem. Another option would be to book a hassle-free Door to Door PCR Test to your address in Israel.

Will I Need a Covid-19 Test in Israel?

Upon arrival in Israel:

  • All arrivals in Israel must take a PCR test upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport. The test costs between 80-115 NIS ($26-$40). 
  • Vaccinated individuals must quarantine for 24 hours or until receiving a negative PCR test result.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must quarantine for 7 days, then take another PCR test on the 7th day.

Before departure from Israel:

  • Depending on the regulations of your next destination, you will need a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test before leaving Israel. For most countries the PCR test can be carried out up to 72 hours before departure, and Rapid Antigen, 24 hours before departure. For the USA test must be carried on the before departure or day of departure.
  • All travelers must complete an online exit statement up to 48 hours before flight.

How can I get a COVID test in Israel?

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, booking a Door-to-Door Covid test or visiting the Tel Aviv PCR test Center or Jerusalem PCR Test Center helps avoid the hassle of going to a hospital or an extra trip to the airport. There are also Rapid Antigen tests at the test center as well as door-to-door in Tel Aviv.

How can I make travel to Israel more comfortable?

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.

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

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As of January, 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 resume their flights to Tel Aviv by 2022. 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.

Please note the information provided here is prepared in good faith however the official government policies are subject to change often at short notice, and always override anything published here.

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