Updated June 21, 2021 11:01AM IST
As thousands of students and other travelers begin to return to Israel, there is much confusion regarding requirements for entering Israel. The staff of the Chaim V’Chessed Medical and Bureaucratic Departments have prepared this helpful list of requirements to ease your journey.
Who Can Enter Israel
- Entry to Israel continues to be limited.
- Israeli citizens, as well as toshavei keva or toshavei arai, may board flights to Israel by presenting an Israeli passport or a teudat zehut.
- Foreigners are banned from entering Israel, unless they receive a special entry permit (Ishur) to enter the country. Those eligible for permits include first degree relatives of Israeli citizens, grandparents coming for births, medical emergencies and deaths etc. Learn more here.
- Citizens of the United States, Canada and European countries who hold any valid A-class visa (such as toshav arai, students and their family members who also hold valid visas) or B-1 visas may now enter Israel without permits, from any point of origin except one of the Red countries. Visa holders with any other citizenship must still obtain entry permits, as outlined here.
What Must You Bring
- Israelis must present their Israeli passport or teudat zehut. Visa holders must present their valid visa. Foreigners must present a valid Entry Permit. One may fly until, and including, the expiration date on the ishur.
- All passengers traveling to Israel, regardless of age, must present a negative PCR Covid test which was taken within 72 hours of departure. Rapid or antigen tests are not accepted.
- All passengers entering Israel must fill out this health declaration within 24 hours of travel. If completed successfully, you will receive an email stating that you are permitted to board your flight. If you receive a rejection, it is most likely because an answer was filled in incorrectly. Open the link again, and resubmit, while reading each question carefully.
Important note: The health declaration is not an entry permit! Passengers who are required to obtain an entry permit must do so, in addition to the health declaration.
Upon Arrival in Israel
- All passengers arriving in Israel, regardless of age, are tested for COVID. This includes vaccinated or recovered persons, as well. While it is not mandatory to arrange an appointment in advance, you can save time by doing so. You will have an option to prepay for an appointment in the aforementioned entry form. We suggest scheduling for approximately 45 minutes after your arrival time.
- All passengers, regardless of age, arriving in Israel are required to quarantine for between 10 and 14 days, unless they receive a quarantine exemption. Exemptions are automatic for those who have received both vaccine shots in Israel or are listed as recovered with the Israeli Health Ministry.
- Passengers who were neither vaccinated or recovered in Israel may obtain an exemption by doing a serological (antibodies) test in Israel. Results from abroad are not accepted; tests must be performed in an approved laboratory in Israel. Once you receive proof of antibodies, you must contact the Ministry of Health via this online form, and wait for a response stating that you may exit quarantine.
- Numerous foreign residents of Israel have experienced difficulty obtaining a Green Passport, or have proof of recovery/vaccination displaying a number other than their passport number (such as a Kupat Cholim number). Present all your documentation upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Hopefully, authorities will issue you a quarantine exemption. If they do not, you will need to enter quarantine, until you manage to clarify your status with the Ministry of Health. See here for possibility of adding passport information onto your Green Passport.
This document was prepared by the Chaim V’Chessed Medical and Bureaucratic Departments. Our thanks to Rabbi Zvi Gluck of Amudim, Rabbi Nechemya Malinowitz of the Igud and Mr. Nicolas Kuemmerle, Station Manager of United Airlines at Ben Gurion Airport for their invaluable input.