COVID-19 Update: Israel Travel Rules & Guidelines

FacebookWhatsAppTwitterPinterestCopy Link

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 March 29, 2022

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

  • All tourists (regardless of whether vaccinated or not), from all countries will be able to travel to Israel.
  • All tourists flying to Israel must take a PCR test 72 before flying to Israel and again on landing at the airport. Then, they must go straight to wherever they are staying, and quarantine for up to 24 hours until they receive a negative result. The results usually arrive in 6-12 hours, meaning that the quarantine is usually much less. From mid-April, quick tests will be available with results provided within 4 hours.

Read on for more detailed information.

Who is considered Vaccinated or Recovered?

Tourists are able to enter regardless of vaccination or recovery status:

  • 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?

  • Currently tourists are permitted to travel to Israel from all countries. 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.

2- Health insurance with coverage for treatment of COVID-19

3- One of the documents below:

  • A negative result on a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure to Israel.
  • 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.

Jordan Land Border Crossing Rules & Guidelines

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:

  • No PCR test is required to enter Jordan from Israel. Travelers are required to fill in the declaration form.

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. Therefore, currently only several tours are available, from Eilat – Petra and Wadi Rum 2 Day Tour, Petra 2 Day Tour from Eilat, Petra Wadi Rum 3 Day Tour from Eilat, and Petra 1 Day Tour with Overnight in Aqaba. Tours from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have not yet resumed, however you can travel independently to Eilat and join the tours from there.

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 & unvaccinated individuals must quarantine for 24 hours or until receiving a negative PCR test result. As of mid-April, a quick test will be available with results provided within 4 hours.

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?

Israel travel

As of March, flights to Israel have resumed, with around 300 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 summer 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.

FacebookWhatsAppTwitterPinterestCopy Link