Update, 3/2: The Israeli Ministry of Health site now says that starting on March 8th, foreign nationals will need to have travel health insurance that includes coverage for treating COVID-19 as a requirement to enter Israel.
It’s unclear if this will be added to the entry form, enforced by the airline, enforced upon landing in Israel, or not enforced at all. This used to be a requirement that some airlines enforced in the past, but it may be something new given the wording that this begins on March 8th.
It seems odd that Israel would add this requirement now of all times, but if there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the past 2 years, it’s that Israel sure loves changing their entry rules on a daily basis.
To be safe, you can purchase travel health insurance that covers COVID-19 for less than $10 per passenger for a typical trip. You can increase the deductible if you don’t think you will need to coverage to save more.
If you travel to Israel starting on March 8th, let us know how this rule is enforced!
Update, 2/27: Chaim V’Chessed reports the following rules go into effect on March 1st:
- Everyone will be able to enter Israel regardless of vaccination status, though they still must fill out an entry form within 48 hours of travel.
- Students and tourists will continue to have to submit a negative PCR from within 72 hours. Israel will no longer accept negative antigen results. However Israel will accept positive PCR or antigen test results, even from the US, that were taken within 8-90 days of travel, in lieu of a negative PCR test.
- Everyone will be subject to a PCR upon landing and will have to quarantine for 24 hours or until you get negative test results, whichever comes first.
- If you do test positive upon landing, or if you are unvaccinated and are determined to have been near a close contact (such as on the plane) that test positive, you will need to quarantine for 5 days.
- The start time for the rules are vague, so don’t book travel departing on 2/28 for arrival on 3/1 unless you’re ready for a fight with your airline.
Originally posted on 2/20:
Israel has been mostly closed to foreign nationals since March 2020.
That will end next week, though the exact details are still murky.
This much is known, you will be able to enter Israel regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not.
However foreign nationals will still need to take a COVID test prior to entry. Israeli media is saying a PCR will be required, though currently an antigen within 24 hours is also acceptable.
You will also need to take a PCR upon landing in Israel.
Quarantine requirements are unclear. Unvaccinated Israelis will have to quarantine until they get back their PCR results upon landing, and the turnaround time for those results will likely increase with the influx of tourists flying to Israel.
It’s unclear what exactly the quarantine requirements will be for vaccinated and unvaccinated foreign nationals upon arrival, or what the requirements will be if they test positive for COVID, but this post will be updated when more is known.
Will you book travel to Israel under these new rules? Or will you wait until testing requirements are dropped altogether?