Published October 21, 2021 4:08 PM IST
Update – October 31, 2021: SEE UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT TOURIST ENTRY HERE
Since March 2020, foreign tourists have been largely barred from entering Israel.
On Thursday, October 21, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett approved a plan which will allow vaccinated and recovered tourists into the country, as of Nov. 1. Read the government announcement here.
It should be noted that the plan still must be ratified by the government, and changes in details may still occur. At this point, it appears that travellers who have been vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson and Johnson or Sinopharm vaccines within the last six months will be granted entry into Israel.
Additionally, travelers who have recovered from Covid in the past 6 months will be allowed to enter Israel with proof of a positive PCR test performed at least 11 days prior to entering Israel. If more than six months have passed since recovery, these persons will be required to have received at least one vaccine shot in order to be allowed into the country.
It is still unclear if travelers who meet these conditions will be permitted to simply fly to Israel, or if they will need to receive some sort of approval prior to travel.
AS NOTED, THE PROPOSED OUTLINE IS AWAITING FINAL GOVERNMENT APPROVAL, AND CHANGES MAY STILL BE MADE. WE ADVISE CAUTION WHEN MAKING TRAVEL PLANS UNTIL FINAL DETAILS OF THIS EMERGING PLAN HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY ISSUED.