Published January 7, 2022 11:17 AM IST
As reported by Chaim V’Chessed, Israel has canceled the Red status of all countries. Furthermore, fully vaccinated tourists will be permitted to enter Israel starting, Sunday, January 9.
While tourist entry will legally be possible beginning at midnight on Sunday (between Saturday and Sunday), we recommend that travelers not hasten to board flights immediately. Airport officials have notified Chaim V’Chessed that they are not yet prepared for the onslaught of travelers, and heavy delays or complications can be expected at the airports in Israel and abroad. Hence, it is strongly advisable not to commence travel to Israel before Sunday or Monday.
There is considerable confusion about who will be permitted to enter Israel. As of now, you must meet one of the following criteria:
1. Vaccinated: You have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization, and 14 days have passed since your last vaccine. If you are 180 days past your last vaccination, a booster must be taken, and another 14 days need to pass to be considered vaccinated again. As of now, you are considered vaccinated if you have received the booster, even if 180 days have passed.
2. Recovered: You have a positive PCR/NAAT Covid test from at least 11 days ago; no more than 190 days must have passed from the date of the PCR. These results must be digitally verifiable, such as in countries that are part of the EUDCC. Other results are not accepted. This means that recovered patients from the United States, Canada and other countries will not be granted entry if they are not fully vaccinated, with the last dose in the last six months.
3. Recovered and Vaccinated: You have a digitally verifiable, positive PCR/NAAT Covid test and at least one vaccination from any time.
There is no allowance for tourist children who are unvaccinated to enter Israel at this time. Visa holders with unvaccinated children may be able to receive entry permits via this process; Chaim V’Chessed will issue an update once this is clarified.
Similarly, it remains to be seen under which exceptional circumstances will unvaccinated/unrecovered foreigners be granted entry to Israel. We will advise when this information becomes available.