The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and profoundly affected tourism. Israel has had a great head-start with vaccination. But new variants of the virus has led the Israeli government to postpone lifting travel restrictions.
Below are some travel tips with helpful links for your convenience. Please note that the information in these posts is taken from news outlets and may change at any time. For up-to-date information please consult your travel agency or the Israel embassy in your country.
Update September 6, 2021: Starting September 19, foreign, vaccinated tourist groups from most countries will be permitted to visit Israel. For foreigners to visit Israel, they must have been fully vaccinated no longer than 6 months prior to arrival. The travelers have to apply for visiting Israel via the travel agent. Each traveler is required to take a PCR no longer than 72 hours prior to boarding the flight to Israel. Upon landing in Israel, the visitor will be required to take a serological test. More information can be found in an article published in the Jerusalem Post.
Following this pilot program that is limited to tourist groups, the Israeli government is expected to approve individual travel within a couple of weeks.
Update August 24, 2021: The numbers of new infections is still rising, further putting off our hope for normalization and a return of travelers. Read more about the latest developments and how Israel is trying to fight our common enemy in my latest post here.
Update August 5, 2021: With the contagious Delta variant spreading quickly, the Israeli government has extended the travel restrictions for tourists. Also, a number of countries have been put on “Warning” status, including the United States, Germany, Netherlands and more. The warning status will come into effect as of August 11, 2021. This means that tourists from these countries will have to quarantine. If the hospitalization rates do not improve, the government might consider another lock-down during the Jewish holidays in September.
As of last Sunday, residents of age 60 or older are requested to get a booster shot. According to medical research, efficiency of the vaccine may drop over time, and Israel was one of the first countries to broadly vaccinate it’s citizens.
Israel has also offered vaccination to at-risk children of age 5 to 11. Starting with age 12, everyone is requested to get vaccinated.
Update June 27, 2021: Travel restrictions for individual travelers have been extended from July to August. See my post here for more information and links to government websites.
Update April 13, 2021: Israel gradually lifts incoming travel restrictions for tourist groups. See my post here for more information.
Helpful links for travelers planning to visit Israel:
US and other citizens – helpful checklist: U.S. Embassy in Israel COVID-19 Information
Israel Ministry of Health website
Israel Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Air Transport
Israel Ministry of Health: Information for Travelers Arriving in Israel
Israel Population and Immigration Authority: Policy of entry into Israel during the coronavirus period
Israel Ministry of Health: Coronavirus information and guidance
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): International Travel During COVID-19