Update, 5/16: Starting on 5/23, Israel will remove the in-flight mask mandate on flights to and from Israel. The only remaining Israeli COVID rule is that a pre-flight health form will still be required. The US still requires a PCR or antigen test for all passengers 2 and older within 1 day before their flight to the US.
Update, 5/15: Starting on 5/21, Israel will not require any pre-flight or post-flight COVID testing! A pre-flight health form will still be required. Masks on flights to/from Israel are still required, though US airlines have mostly not been enforcing that requirement.
Originally posted on 5/8:
Israel was mostly closed to foreign nationals from March 2020 until March 2022. Since the reopening in March, there has been a PCR test required upon arrival to Israel, and officially you are supposed to quarantine until you receive negative test results. Foreigners also have to take a pre-flight PCR test.
Chaim V’Chessed reports that starting May 20th, Israel will cease requiring a COVID test and quarantine upon arrival.
A pre-flight COVID test will be required for all foreign nationals of all ages, though starting May 10th, that will be expanded to allow for a laboratory antigen test within 24 hours or a PCR within 72 hours. A NAAT test counts as a PCR according to the resource that airlines use to determine valid tests. Walgreens offers ID NOW NAAT tests with results back in just 2 hours. Back when Israel previously accepted antigen tests for vaccinated passengers, people were also able to use eMed video proctored antigen tests, so I’d expect that should work again.
The US still requires a PCR or antigen test for all passengers 2 and older within 1 day before their flight to the US. eMed tests are a great option for that as well!
HT: Ellie B.