The ever changing rules when flying to or from Israel continue to change.
- COVID-19 PCRs are required before your flight to Israel and again upon arrival into Israel. Israel has extended this requirement until at least June 29th. The tests upon arrival have been free, but will now cost NIS 80 in paid in advance when filling out the health declaration form or NIS 100 on the spot.
- Israel will no longer require social distancing in the airport.
- Israel will no longer require a health declaration form for outbound flights, but it will still be required for inbound flights.
- COVID-19 PCRs are free from Israel’s Kupat Cholim, but those are no longer valid for travel when flying abroad. Here is a list of other options (Hebrew).
- While those who have an Israeli COVID-19 vaccinated or recovered certificate don’t need an outbound PCR, kids will now need to pay for a PCR test and those flying to a country that requires a COVID test will now have to pay for a test.
- The US accepts antigen or PCR tests for entry. As antigen tests aren’t easy to find in Israel, you may want to travel with these antigen tests.
In other news, El Al will reopen their King David Lounge in Tel Aviv tomorrow, though showers won’t be available yet. No word on when or if their JFK lounge will see the light of day again.
Israel reopens in June for organized group travel, though they still make it difficult for relatives to receive permission to visit immediate family in Israel. Will you try to visit the holy land this year or will you wait until restrictions have eased?
HT: tavster and yandmk, via DDF