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 You Must 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.
- As of Friday July 16, all inbound travelers to Israel, from any point of origin, will be required to quarantine for 24 hours, or until they receive negative Covid results. This includes vaccinated and recovered persons. Passengers who were vaccinated or recovered in Israel may exit quarantine based on whichever comes first: 24 hours or a negative Covid test.
- Additionally, all passengers, regardless of age, arriving in Israel who were not vaccinated or recovered in Israel are required to quarantine for between 7 and 14 days, unless they receive a full quarantine exemption. UPDATE: Travelers arriving in Israel from countries listed as highest risk or warning will be required to observe full quarantine, even if they are recognized as vaccinated or recovered.
- An exemption can be obtained 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 wait for an email or SMS notification from the Health Ministry stating that you may exit quarantine. Generally, the testing location will notify the Health Ministry. If you do not receive a message, you may contact the Ministry yourself via this online form.
- In the event that the traveler does not have positive antibodies, quarantine may be shortened to 7 days, according to the following instructions: 1. The individual must take a PCR test for Covid as soon as he or she begins quarantine. A list of these locations can be found here. 2. They must then undergo a second PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine. 3. In the event that both tests are negative, the person may exit quarantine immediately. One need not wait for official notification from the Ministry of Health.
- 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.