Israel Open for Tourists Starting November 1

If you ever wanted to visit Israel, now is the time. Starting November 1, 2021, Israel is opening its gates to tourists. This time both travelers in groups and individual travelers will be granted entry, provided they meet certain conditions.

Entrance to Israel is granted to fully vaccinated travelers only. Depending on how long ago the last vaccine was taken, a “booster” shot may be necessary. Israel accepts the European digital vaccination certificate as proof. If you do not hold such a digital certificate, you will have to apply for approval.

Nativity Church, Bethlehem
“Queue” to the grotto at the Nativity Church, Bethlehem

So far only very few tourists were able to visit the country. I have recently guided such a group and it was an incredible experience. Nearly everywhere we went we got the “red carpet treatment”. COVID-19 has emptied many holy sites and we had literally free access anywhere we wanted, without the usual queues.

This will change as more people travel to Israel. So now is perhaps a once-in-lifetime chance to experience Israel without the crowds.

For more information and helpful links, see my information page on COVID-19 in Israel.

Don’t forget to book your tour guide soon – the schedule is filling up.

See you soon!

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