Israel has removed most of the entry restrictions and special regulations relating to COVID-19. However, there are a few requirements and regulations you should be aware of if you plan to visit Israel:
- The tourist must have a health insurance policy with coverage for the treatment of Covid19 virus.
- Anyone (of any age) who feels sick within 10 days after arriving in Israel is requested to take a PCR test.
- If you are positive for COVID-19 and have not yet recovered in accordance with the Israeli protocol and the protocol of your origin country – do not board a plane or a ship to Israel.
- Non-Israeli citizens that test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Israel, must comply with the isolation guidance for non-Israelis. Information on isolation for confirmed non-Israeli cases >
Please note that the information here is taken from various governmental sources and 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 May 18, 2022: Israel has greatly simplified traveling to the country by dropping the COVID-19 pre-flight and arrival tests. This new regulation will be effective as of May 21. In addition, Israels minister of health announced that Israel will no more mandate masks on airplanes as of May 23. Masks will be mandated only in hospitals and homes for the elderly. Good news for Israel travelers (or those who want to be).
Update February 21, 2022: Israel announces the opening of its borders to unvaccinated tourists, starting March 1, 2022. As COVID-19 numbers drop, the Israeli government decided to remove its entry restriction for unvaccinated foreigners, regardless of age.
For further and up-to-date information, please visit the official Israeli government websites:
- Israel Ministry of Health – Entry of Non-Israeli Citizens by Air
- Population and Immigration Authority – Policy of entry into Israel during the coronavirus period
- Israeli embassy in Los Angeles – COVID-19 updates
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: Information for Travelers Arriving in Israel
Israel Ministry of Health: Coronavirus information and guidance
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): International Travel During COVID-19