[Update: Extended Through May 20] Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least May 6th

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Update: The Israeli NOTAM banning foreign nationals from entry without special permission has been extended through May 20th.

And with that, I’ll have to cancel my family’s 6 United business saver awards to visit Israel for Shavuos, for the 2nd year in a row 😥

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 24 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?

When will Israel will open their borders to vaccinated or recovered Americans?

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Is ‘never’ not an option? I’m afraid a lot of countries will switch to some sort of ‘vaccine’ passport and the unvaccinated will never be able to travel.
You used to be able to travel without passports before the 20th century, now we’ll have ‘vaccine passports’ in the 21st.


It’s one thing to argue that you shouldn’t be forced to get a vaccine in your own country… It’s an extra level of gumption to be annoyed that other countries won’t let you in without a vaccine

Rabbi Solomon Piller

Oh please. The whole vaccination is nonsense for those who are negative or have antibodies. Stop with hysterics and think objectively.


Anyone had a issue with a student visa?


So, an approximately 6% chance that vaccinated Americans will be able to travel to Israel starting May 6th?


I am booked for Thanksgiving weekend. So I am really hoping they open before hand for vaccinated people. And it’s will elal so I am in a bit worried.


Does anyone know of any updates regarding unvaccinated children whose parents are allowed in, ie because of a close relative?
When are they going to stop requiring children to be vaccinated when children are not even eligible for any vaccine?


i just landed on friday and aside for a covid test where they didnt even ask for an adress or number ,nobody asked for a permit, green pass or anything else.maybe they are relying on the fact that the elal worker in america checked but it was still surprising after all the noise about the permits etc.


Are you an Israeli citizen?
If not, did you have any specific permits to enter or you took the gamble?
Would love to know how you did it because I’m trying to go.


i am not citizen,i had all of the necessary papers but nobody checked them in israel


Which is odd.ppl where sent back for not having correct document


Once you have a permit you would be on the system and they would see your permit when swiping your passport apparently.
The papers are just proof for yourself and for the airline.
I haven’t heard of anyone managing to get in without a permit


How did you prove that you have first degree relative, what documents they accept?
Also can grandmother considers first degree?


Has there been a rise in covid since they took down the restrictions?

Dan\'s the Man

No. A huge decrease in cases


hey dan,
i would like to go to Israel with my family for the sukkos. I plan i using my chase travel points. 1. how do I make the most of my points? 2. what happens if Israel wont let us in?


Probably your best bet if either to use chase travel or to transfer it to United, Singapore, etc. if you can find availability for ward tickets.


It seems the government is suffering from BPD.


Hi Dan do you have any idea if my wife is an Israeli citizen, (I’m not) and we’re not legally married , would our kesubah work to get us both into Israel ?

Orrin d

We got into Israel yesterday, after three previous attempts.

Recommendations: you must have an Israeli phone number to fill out forms. You can use your kids’ phone, but no one wants a US phone….. (which is what we have.)

Register for covid testing at Ben Gurion, prior to departure, as you’ve listed, and use coupon, so it’s free. You have 4 hours after estimated arrival…. no worries.

Many drive straight to United Hatzola, and get blood drawn for antibody serology. About $75. Bring a credit card, passports.

Get ‘green passport’: https://corona.health.gov.il/green-pass/

Enjoy walking around sans masks!!


ignore making an appointment ,the lines are shorter without one and you dont need a coupon the clerk will know you and everyone else arriving at the same time have all just landed and will type in the code.as far as a number goes they didnt ask me for one and either way you could just make one up….the four hours is irrelevant as they let you go any way beforehand just youre technichally in quarantine at home until the result.unless youre really worried about being positive because youre neither vaccinated or recovered in which case you wont get an entry permit anyway.as a general rule the israelis bark and dont bite,when i flew in last week they didnt check ANY permits or pcr tests etc. the only real hurdle is the desk agent overseas


Does united Hatzola require you to make an appointment or do they do walk ins?

Orrin d

Walk in. No appointments necessary


@Dan where do you get your notam info from?


When you return back to USA from Isreal do you need to take another coivid test within 72 hours of return? If so where is the best place to take it? Thanks.

Chaim Eis

You do need a negative test. I got mine at Icud Hatzalah 269nis. I got the results within 24 hours


My wife is an Israeli citizen, and we are legally married, can we go together with the negative test and vaccine card?


Change title. Says may 6


is it possible to get a refund on flights booked on American airlines for shavous to israel, or will they only give a voucher i booked hoping to go


When will these lockdowns end, isnt Israel mostly vaccinated?


The problem is that they worried about foreigners bringing in covid variants that can break through the vaccine protection.

concerned citizen

i dont get why? in the usa breakthrough infections has been super rare. also even if they get covid in america the data shows your chances of dying 1 in a million.


I never knew the US had 580,000,000,000 people in it that all had COVID.



Looks like cdc requires 72 hour testing upon return. Any good ideas easy, inexpensive in yerushalaim?
Btw, relative of mine was on inaugural jfk-tlv flight today. 75 people on whole plane, Herzog had whole wine selection. Had kosher food situation going also. Big send off with water canons. American personnel super excited and really nice. Good start.


@dan you posted way back when the AA cheap tickets came out that if the country remained shut down then AA will cancel and refund the tickets. For those of us that booked for Shavous, any idea if that is still the case?


Hey Dan,
I’ve book flights with ELAL however I need to change the dates due to the restrictions they have for foreigners. They don’t have a call center available over the phone and the only option is via whatsup which is not helpful and ridiculous!! Any ideas on how to change the dates without any penalty? Since I’m unable to have assistance over the phone do you think the insurance r the chase reserve would refund the tickets?


I got very good an quick customer service from them via whatsapp. Try it


Well I messaged them today and never got an agent. Would love to show you a screen shot.


My wife and I are Israeli citizens. Our kids were born in the US, where we currently live. Our kids are therefore citizens, but we never registered them (on our previous visits we were told by the border control that we dont need to register them until they are 16 or should we move back to Israel). Does anyone know if we need to apply for permission for them to enter? Or can we just land in Israel, show our passports and their birth certificates which show they are our children, and that’s fine? Will this be okay with the airline agents before takeoff in the US?

First degree

No first degree relatives in Israel?