Updated January 12, 2021 10:31 AM IST
As of November 8, 2021 non-U.S. citizens are required to be fully vaccinated to fly to the United States. There will be limited exceptions to this requirement for certain non-U.S. citizens. This rule does not apply to immigrants to the USA. Notably, children under the age of 18 are not required to be vaccinated. See vaccine requirements here.
As of December 6, 2021, all passengers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen/rapid) taken no more than one calendar day before their departure to the United States. Please note that if you are unvaccinated/ non-recovered by Israeli standards, you need a PCR within 72 hours to leave Israel as well. This is especially applicable to children.
If you are recently recovered, you do not need to have a negative COVID-19 test if you can present a positive PCR test taken within the last ninety days in addition to a letter from a doctor or public health official stating that you are recovered and cleared to fly.
Persons who are recovered from Covid, and hence have not vaccinated, or who have received only one vaccine dose, may be recognized as machlimim (recovered) by Israeli regulations. However, they are not considered fully vaccinated by the United States, and therefore only US citizens with this status are eligible to enter the US at this time.
You are considered fully vaccinated on the 14th day after the vaccination series was completed. For example, if your last dose was any time on October 1st, then October 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day requirement for entry to the US.
Travelers under age two are not required to present Covid tests before travel, for purposes of entry to the US. They will need a PCR test to leave Israel, unless they are recovered in the last six months.
Additionally, all air passengers to the United States are required to provide basic contact information to airlines before boarding.
Further guidance on the very limited exceptions to these vaccination requirements, what constitutes acceptable proof of vaccination, and other operational details are available on CDC’s website.