Israel covid 19 travel restrictions – Jan 9 / 2022 updates
Since Jan 9 2022 Israel borders are open for Foreign Nationals by Air Travel
Conditions for the arrival of foreign nationals to Israel
Foreign nationals may arrive in Israel if they meet the following conditions:
- Less than 180 days has passed since the completion of a WHO-approved vaccine course or a WHO-approved booster.
- Less than 180 days has passed since recovery and the traveler holds an EU equivalent recovery certificate based on a positive NAAT test.
- The traveler holds a EU equivalent recovery certificate based on a positive NAAT test and has received at least a single dose of vaccine and less than 180 days has passed since the latter event.
- If there is no other hindrance to their arrival in Israel
- If they arrived in Israel either by Ben Gurion International Airport or by Ramon Airport
Foreign nationals who do not meet these conditions will not be permitted entry, except for those who have received clearance for exceptional entry.
Who is recognized as vaccinated or recovered by Israel?
- Those vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization(WHO) – the vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Bharat Biotech, the Serum Institute of India and Johnson and Johnson.
Israel also recognizes the vaccination status of those vaccinated with the Sputnik vaccine (on the condition that they receive a positive result on a serologic test taken in Israel)
The vaccine must be administered in accordance with the protocol set by Israel, that is, those vaccinated must:
- Receive two vaccine doses (or one vaccine dose in case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and at least 14 days have passed since the date of the second vaccination on the day of arrival in Israel (but not more than 180 at the time of leaving Israel). The day of vaccination does not count.
- Be vaccinated with the booster shot and 14 days or more pass from vaccination day at the day of arrival in Israel but not more than 180 days.
- Carriers of an EU certificate of recovery that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health’s system, based on a test result of a NAAT test (a molecular test similar to PCR):
- EU Equivalent recovery certificate holders who arrive in Israel 11 days or more after their positive NAAT test (but no more than 190 days on the date of their departure from Israel).
- Those who, in addition to their EU Equivalent recovery certificate, have also been vaccinated with at least one dose of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine, before or after recovery, and less than 180 days has passed since the latter event. (please scan the latter of the two certificates).
- Take a PCR test 72 hours before the flight to Israel.
Alternately, you can take a rapid (antigen) test 24 hours before the flight. The test must be administered by professional testers (no home test kits).You are required to present an official document attesting to your negative test result, along with your passport number. Tests of any other kind will not be accepted.The following are exempt from the pre-flight PCR testing requirement (you will still be required to do the PCR test upon landing):
- Those who stayed outside Israeli territories for less than 72 hours (from the moment of landing abroad to the moment of departure to Israel).
- Those who recovered from COVID-19 and will present airline officials with a positive result on a PCR test that they took less than three months prior, on the condition that at least 11 days have passed since the date of the test.
If your itinerary includes a connecting flight to Israel and the layover time between the first flight and the flight landing in Israel is more than 24 hours, you are required to take the PCR test 72 hours before the departure of the flight landing in Israel.
In humanitarian cases or in cases of real difficulty accessing testing facilities, you may apply to the Exceptions Committee for a clearance to enter Israel without testing.
- You are required to fill out the entry statement form within the 48 hours prior to departure to Israel, the earlier the better.You are required to fill out your personal details and the details of those traveling with you, a declaration of health, information about your vaccination or recovery status and details of your isolation.
- Those who have a certificate of vaccination or recovery that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health’s systems, will scan or upload their certificate to the form and will receive a Green Pass before boarding the flight.
- Those who do not have a certificate that can be digitally verified in the Ministry of Health’s systems will declare their vaccination status in the form, attach the relevant documents to the form and receive a Green Pass before boarding the flight.
Upon completion of the form, you will receive a link in which you may pay in advance for the PCR test that you will be required to take upon arrival in Israel, in addition to the pre-flight test. The test’s cost in advance payment is 80 ILS.