Update: The Israeli NOTAM banning foreign nationals from entry without special permission has been extended through at least July 26th.
A line item has also been added that Israeli citizens and residents must present a health form stating that you won’t travel to a high risk country, which currently includes Argentina, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa.
Israel had hoped to open on July 1st, but that was pushed off due to the growth of COVID cases thanks to the Delta variant entering the country.
Israel is open for people for vaccinated organized tour groups and for people who apply for special permission to enter, such as having first degree relatives in Israel.
Israel has continued the extension on the ability to waive the PCR requirement for outbound flights if you have an Israeli certificate of recovery or vaccination. Destinations like the US still require a COVID test, but will accept telehealth antigen test results.
Originally posted on 4/23:
Israel has published a NOTAM laying out their restrictions that apply from now through May 6th. All foreign nationals need special permission to enter and all passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR, unless they were at their destination for under 72 hours:
Israel closed their borders to most foreign nationals back on 3/18/20 and they have extended the ban on a monthly basis since then.
On April 7th, Israel started allowing vaccinated or recovered passengers to apply for permission to enter if they have a first degree relative (child, parent, or sibling) who is a citizen or permanent resident in Israel.
Do you think Israel will expand eligibility on May 7th to allow more people into the country for Shavuos?