Israel (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Those who have been vaccinated or have recovered in Israel are not required to enter isolation, unless they visit a destination with the highest COVID-19 risk or a destination with a COVID-19 travel warning within 14 days before arrival in Israel.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 11.10.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Israel;
– passengers with an authorization letter issued by the Population and Immigration Authority;
– passengers with an A1 or A5 visa issued by Israel;
– passengers with an A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3 or B4 visa issued by Israel, if they are not arriving from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russian Fed., South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom or Uzbekistan.
2. Passengers must complete an “Entry Statement” at most 24 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Israel at https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-entry-to-israel-covid19 . They will receive an electronic approval from the Ministry of Health.
3. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense. Payment of ILS 100,- can be made upon arrival. Or ILS 80,- in advance at https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-entry-to-israel-covid19
4. Passengers and airline crew who have been outside Israel for more than 72 hours entering or transiting through Israel must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English and indicate the passport number.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers and airline crew with a positive COVID-19 PCR test taken at least 11 days and at most 3 months before departure from the first embarkation point;
– airline crew who stay in Israel for less than 72 hours.
5. Passengers must have health insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Israel.
6. Airline crew are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to airline crew with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 7 days before arrival.
7. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/265ndkth and https://tinyurl.com/h8hxy4w7
8. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.
9. More COVID-19 related information can be found at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/directives/air-travel-covid19-israel/

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Tourists can now visit Israel 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 (https://www.touristisrael.com/covid-groups-program/50759/) as part of this program.

Currently, tourists cannot enter Israel as individuals, unless they are coming to visit a first degree relative or have other special permission.
 

Lockdown Details

Masks are again mandatory indoors and people have been asked to stop shaking hands or hugging people not in their immediate family.

New restrictions have come into place this week:

Stores and malls are required to limit capacity to one person per seven meters squared.

The number of participants at events is limited to 1,000 people in enclosed spaces and 5,000 at outdoor events without assigned seating.

At events in private homes, where proof of immunity won’t be required, the attendance limit will be set at 50 in enclosed spaces and at 100 in open ones.

There will be no limit on crowd sizes at events with assigned seating, but these events will also require proof of immunity.

Restrictions now apply to every person 3-years-old and up (previously the age limit was 12).

The Green Pass requirements in Israel apply to all events that take place in closed spaces, even if they also take place outdoors in part or if the venue has an outdoor space.

Businesses, cultural and sport venues, tourist attractions and family celebrations no longer face COVID-19 restrictions.

The need for unvaccinated people to get tested is lifted.

Restaurants and bars and cafés can open without restriction.

Wearing a mask indoors is still mandatory.

Travel restrictions will remain in place for the time being.
 

Sources

https://www.touristisrael.com/when-will-travel-to-israel-resume/31963/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co