Entrance To Israel Advisory

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updated November 4, 2021

There are ongoing policy changes happening rapidly and without advance warning, we will keep updating this page as frequently as we can.

General Overview

We are very pleased that many of the restrictions and obstacles pertaining to traveling to the State of Israel have been eased effective November 1st 2021. Any traveler, regardless of citizenship, will be eligible to enter Israel, as long as they meet the vaccination/recovery requirements.

For most travelers, an entry permits/Ishur is no longer needed, with the exception of a few select categories which are detailed in the Extenuating Circumstances section of this page.

While we understand and appreciate that so many have been waiting for this news for a long time, it is important to note that the border is not “Wide Open” and there  still are some restrictions and a process to entry mandated by the Israeli government.

Please bear in mind that many of the policies are still actively being debated and modified. While we are monitoring these changes on a continuous bases, we will do our very best to keep this site updated as often as possible.

Vaccination/Recovery Guidance

Israeli Citizen or Toshavei Keva:
An Israeli Citizen or Toshavei Keva is not required to demonstrate proof of vaccination or proof of recovery in order to enter Israel.
You must travel with your Israeli Passport or Teudat Zehut.

    • Travelers in this category are still required to fill out the Pre-flight Traveler Entry Declaration form. When filling out that form, in the section regarding Vaccination/Recovery you must select “Other”.
    • Click here to see what you need to bring to the airport.
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Foreign Nationals:
Foreign nationals who not been to a red country for the 14 days prior to entering Israel, and have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered within the below detailed time frame, are able to enter Israel without an Ishur/Entry Permit.

Those who do not meet these conditions will be denied entry to Israel unless they apply to the Exceptions Committee and receive a special entry permit.
Click here to Apply for the Exceptions Committee.

The recognized vaccines in Israel are:

Pfizer
Moderna
Johnson & Johnson
AstraZeneca
Sinovac
SinoPharm
The Serum Institute of India.
The Sputnik V vaccine is also recognized in Israel, but there are additional requirements detailed below.

Who does Israel recognize as vaccinated?

  1. Those who have been vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, SinoPharm, the Serum Institute of India:
    • – Received two doses (or a booster dose) at least 14 days (2 weeks) prior, but not more than 180 days (6 months) after their date of entry into Israel
    • (Tourists must depart from israel on or before the 180th day since their last vaccination date).
  2. Those vaccinated with Janssen (J&J) vaccine:
    • – Received one dose (or a booster dose) at least 14 days (2 weeks) prior, but not more than 180 days (6 months) after their date of entry into Israel
    • (Tourists must depart from israel on or before the 180th day since their last vaccination date).
  3. For those vaccinated by Sputnik V, as of 15.11.2021, must undergo a serological examination in Israel and received a positive result:
    • – Received two doses (or a booster dose) at least 14 days (2 weeks) prior, but not more than 180 days (6 months) after their date of entry into Israel
    • Note: Those vaccinated with Sputnik will stay in isolation until a positive serological test result is obtained.
    • Click here for a list of Serological testing locations in Israel
    • (Tourists must depart from israel on or before the 180th day since their last vaccination date)

Holders of a digital recovery certificate, which is recognized by Israel, based on a positive result in a NAAT test (molecular test similar to PCR): (currently not available for those recovered in the USA or Canada)

  1. Those for whom at least 11 days have passed since the positive test prior to  the day of their entry into Israel
  2. Those who received at least one dose of the WHO-approved vaccines in addition to their recovery (there is no significance to the order of events).

Click Here for the list of countries that issue certificates that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health

  • Tourists must depart from israel on or before the 190th day since their positive test results. 

Travelers in this category must meet all the requirements detailed below:

  1. Those who received one dose or more of a vaccine (no matter how long or short ago) approved by the WHO (full list detailed in the above vaccination requirements section)
  2. Travelers must have recovered and be holding a digital recovery certificate that can be verified with a positive NAAT test result (as detailed in the above recovery requirements section).
  3. The date of the positive NAAT test results can be no more than 180 days (six months) prior to their date of entry into the State of Israel.
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    • Tourists must depart from israel on or before the 190th day since their positive test results, or 180 days from their last vaccination – whichever is later. 

Quarantine Guidance

There are 2 general levels of quarantine, referred to as “Reduced Quarantine” and “Full Quarantine”

Reduced Quarantine
For those with a valid Green Pass (Tav Yarok):
Quarantine restrictions are lifted once you receive the the negative result of the PCR test you took in the airport upon arrival in Israel, or 24 hours after arrival in Israel, whichever comes sooner.

Full Quarantine
Full Quarantine/Isolation is officially 14 days, however you can shorten the isolation period to 7 days by taking a second PCR test on the seventh day (or later) after your arrival in the State of Israel. You are released from quarantine once you receive the the negative result of that second PCR test.

Persons that receive recognition (Green Pass/Tav Yarok) by the State of Israel of their vaccination or recovery status, and have not visited a country on the red list within 14 days prior to their arrival in Israel qualify for the reduced quarantine period.

Click here for a list of the Red, Orange and Yellow countries.

The following travelers must adhere to the restrictions of “Full Quarantine”

  1. Those that do not have a Green Pass/Tav Yarok
  2. Those who have not been fully vaccinated or recovered within the last 180 days.
  3. Person with a negative serologic test result taken on arrival in Israel.
  4. Those who have visited countries on the red list in the last 14 days prior to arrival in Israel.
  5. Those who are obligated in “full quarantine” can have that 14 day period reduced by taking another PCR test on day  7 from arriving in Israel.  The moment that test comes back negative, the traveler is released from quarantine without having to submit any further documentation.

Click Here for a list of the Red, Orange and Yellow countries.

Click here for a list Covid Testing locations in Israel

Click here for a list of Serological testing locations in Israel

Categories of Travelers

An Israeli Citizen or Toshav Keva is not required to demonstrate proof of vaccination or proof of recovery in order to enter Israel.
You must travel with your Israeli Passport or Tudat Zehut.

Travelers in this category are still required to fill out the Pre-flight Traveler Entry Declaration form. When filling out that form, in the section regarding Vaccination/Recovery you must select “Other”.

Click here to see what you need to bring to the airport. 

Foreigners are now permitted to enter Israel if they have been fully vaccinated or recovered within the past 180 days (six months.)

Recovered travelers are only eligible if they present digitally verifiable proof of recovery, such as from the European Union. US recovery certificates are currently not accepted.

Click here more detailed Vaccination / Recovery Guidance

Click here to see what you need to bring to the airport. 

Passengers who hold a valid Ishur/Entry Permits are currently permitted to enter Israel with that permit.

On the pre-flight Traveler Entry Declaration, when asked about your vaccination status, choose Other.

The Ishur/ Entry Permit will act as your green pass.

Please Note: This transitional exception may be rescinded at any time without advanced warning.

Please Note: There is additional information and details  regarding Visa Holders, Infants and Minor Children and Extenuating Circumstances (such as funerals and weddings), which can be found below.

Visa Holders

Those holding a valid visa, including student visa holders, are subject to the same rules as all other foreign nationals (Non-Israeli Citizens) in regards to entering and re-entering Israel.

Infant Travelers / Minor Children

According to Interior Ministry guidelines, babies under 12 months will be allowed to enter Israel without providing proof of recovery.

Travelers in this category are still required to fill out the Pre-flight Traveler Entry Declaration form. When filling out that form, in the section regarding Vaccination/Recovery you must select “Other”.

All travelers, starting on their 1st birthday and above, will be required to meet the same eligibility requirements as adults.

Extenuating Circumstances

In certain extenuating circumstances, permits will continue to be issued for passengers who do not qualify under the current vaccination/recovery requirements.

These include the following categories:

  1. Funerals: Click here for details.
    • Applications will be submitted to the Israeli Consulate via Amudim.
  2. Medical Emergencies: Click here for details.
    • Applications will be submitted to the Exceptions Committee via the traveler.
  3. Parents of a child getting married in Israel: Click here for details.
    • Applications will be submitted to the Israeli Consulate via the traveler.

Any and all other extraordinary humanitarian requests can be submitted directly to a special exceptions committee. Click here for the application.

What to Bring to the Airport:

All travelers (regardless of age nationality or status) must have a physical copy of their valid Foreign Passport or Israeli Passport.

All travelers (regardless of age nationality or status) must take a PCR test within (less then) 72 hours prior to boarding the flight to Israel. Passengers must show the result during check-in.
Passengers without a valid PCR test will be declined from boarding the flight

All travelers must complete the following ministry of health “traveler entry” declaration within (less then) 48 hours prior to their flight.
Click Here to enter the “traveler entry” deceleration page.

After completing the Travel Entry Declaration page, you will receive and email (within 2-3 min after completion). Please print that email and bring it with you to the airport along with any attachments (incoming statement and/or green pass) that accompanied the email.

Passengers who are vaccinated or recovered abroad should bring their vaccination record/digital recovery with them to present, if asked.

If only 1 parent is traveling with a Minor Child:
Please note, if the minor child is traveling with only one parent, you will need a formal notarized letter from the non-traveling parent authorizing the traveling parent of the child to travel outside the country
The letter should be signed by both parents, notarized, and include the passport image of the non traveling parent
The letter should state: I (name of non-traveling parent) with passport # (fill in number) give full permission for my partner (name of traveling parent) with passport # (fill in #) to travel to Israel with our child (fill in name of child and passport #)

Upon your arrival in Israel, all travelers will be obligated to take a PCR test in Ben Gurion airport in order to be released from quarantine.
Click here for quarantine guidance

PCR Test:
All travelers (regardless of age nationality or status) must take a PCR test within (less then) 72 hours prior to boarding the flight out of Israel. Passengers must show the result during check-in.
Passengers without a valid PCR test will be declined from boarding the flight.
Click here for a list Covid Testing locations in Israel.

Departure Declaration:
All Israeli Citizens and Toshvei Keva (this does not apply to Toshvei Arai, Visa Holders, or Tourists) must complete the following declaration within (less than) 24 hours prior to leaving Israel.
Click here for to be directed to the declaration page.

Tourists must depart from israel on or before the 190th day since their positive test results, or 180 days from their last vaccination – whichever is later

Important Notes

  1.  There are ongoing policy changes happening rapidly and without advance warning, we will keep updating this page as frequently as we can.
  2.  Please direct all student visa related questions to our student visa help desk at [email protected]
  3. When emailing us at [email protected] please make sure to include your phone number.
  4.  Covid Testing Requirements: No one will not be allowed to board a flight to Israel or to the USA without a negative PCR test result performed less than 72 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time – All travelers are subject to further testing upon arrival in Israel.
  5. Foreign nationals who do not meet the current eligibility requirements for entry at the time of their tavel will be denied entry to Israel and will be required to return to their country of origin.

  6. Due to the varying Covid restrictions of many countries around the world, we strongly recommend direct non-stop flights when traveling to and from Israel.
  7. As a result of the continuously changing rules, it has been widely reported by travelers that some airlines as well as airline staff seem to be more informed of the latest updates than others. Based on experience and feedback from those we have assisted with travel, we have ranked the following airlines in order of preference.
    1. El Al
    2. United Airlines
    3. American Airlines
    4. Delta
  8. Foreigners who present a forged document, refuse to adhere to quarantine regulations, or are found to knowingly lie to border patrol agents – may be denied entry to Israel for a period of up to 5 years.
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Useful Links

Amudim’s Website with more detailed list of documents required for travel to and from Israel:
https://amudim.org/travel/

Chaim V’Chessed Website for frequent updates and to sign up for emails with updates
https://chaimvchessed.com/

Yad L’olim Website for frequent updates and to sign up for emails with updates:
https://yadlolim.org/

Israeli Citizens Leaving Israel:
https://corona.health.gov.il/en/directives/leaving-israel/

List of Israeli Consulate Locations along with phone numbers and email addresses: 
https://www.nbn.org.il/aliyahpedia/aliyah-process/applying-for-aliyah/israeli-embassies-and-consulates-in-north-america-and-the-uk/

List of Interior Ministry – Population and Immigration offices in Israel:
https://www.gov.il/he/departments/Bureaus

Link for Registering yourself, or your minor child as an Israeli citizen:
https://embassies.gov.il/new-york/ConsularServices/Pages/Registration-of-Israeli-Citizens-Abroad.aspx 

Covid Testing locations In Israel:
https://chaimvchessed.com/corona-testing-options/

Serological testing locations in Israel:
https://chaimvchessed.com/serological-testing/

MOH Entry Requirements:
https://corona.health.gov.il/en/directives/air-travel-covid19-green/?tab=by-air

Exemptions Committee Application Link:
https://survey.gov.il/he/PCR2

List of countries that issue certificates that can be digitally verified by the Ministry of Health:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en

MFA Application Page:
https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/[email protected]#!requestDetails

MOH Quarantine Guidance:
https://www.gov.il/en/departments/guides/corona-quarantine?chapterIndex=9

frequently asked questions

Vaccination/Recovery Related Questions:

The current regulation permits entrance into Israel only for those with digitally verified proof of recovery.  Such digitally verifiable proof of recovery is not currently available or recognized from the USA or Canada.  

Click Here for a full list of what nations around the world have the ability to issue digitally verifiable proof of recovery 

Yes – Please be aware that this can change should there be an excessive amount of  forged vaccine cards.

The current regulations do not grant eligibility to those in this category. However persons in this category may apply to the exemptions committee, explain the situation in their application, and the decision will be at the discretion of the Ministry of Health.

The current regulations do not grant eligibility to those in this category. However persons in this category may apply to the exemptions committee, explain the situation in their application, and the decision will be at the discretion of the Ministry of Health.

If a  foreign national, visa holder, or toshav arai has a Tav Yarok and leaves Israel –  The Tav Yarok/Green Pass is voided as soon as they leave Israel.  They must fulfill the new requirements in order to re-enter Israel.

You will need to be in direct contact with your Yeshiva, Seminary, or University regarding this question.

Contact Us

Questions and Inquiries:
For all questions or clarifications related to travel, please email us at [email protected].

Emergencies:
If this is urgent and you need immediate assistance, please call David Kushner,
Amudim’s Director of Government Relations, at 646-517-0222 ext 218, 24 hours a day.

Amudim Headquarters:
11 Broadway
Suite 1076
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (646) 517-0222
Email: [email protected]

Quarantine Guidance

Relief for American Citizens abroad with an Expired Passports

Frequently asked Questions

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Frequently asked Questions

Visit https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/[email protected]#!requestDetails  to apply for your Entry Permit to Israel During the COVID-19 pandemic.

This can be a proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID.

You can upload one of the following:

  1. A copy of your COVID Vaccination Card – Must be 10 days post full vaccination.
  2. A formal letter on official letterhead of a hospital, medical center or licensed medical doctor, signed by the travelers medical doctor, attesting to the date that the traveler had COVID, and that the traveler is now considered recovered from COVID
  3. A positive COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory, followed by a negative COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory *does not matter how long ago or how much time between the tests,
    You can merge both PCR test results by using a free online tool such as https://www.filesmerge.com/merge-jpg to create one file from both images.
 

This applies to ALL foreign applicants of ALL ages.

Antibody testing and/or Serology results are NOT accepted as proof of COVID recovery for the purpose of applying for an entry permit

Yes, The entry of foreigners into Israel is subject to the presentation of Health insurance including a clause covering COVID-19 Specifically: Proof of health insurance policy, explicitly stating in writing coverage for COVID 19 during your stay in Israel.  The coverage dates must match your itinerary dates.

Document must explicitly state in writing the following 4 things on the benefits summary page:

1) Names of insured (must match passports)

2) Dates of coverage (must match itinerary)

3) Coverage includes Israel

4) Coverage includes COVID-19

You may call either of the following insurance companies, or anyone else you choose (We do not have any ties to these companies, only that they have a good reputation and good track record for this specific insurance):

Based In America: Travelers choice Inc
Phone: 212-868-8698 x 214
[email protected]

Based in Israel: Epstein Insurance:
Phone: 718-874-8213
Email: [email protected]

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Child Visiting a Parent who is an Israeli Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

  1. Child Birth Certificate
  2. If child last name is different than parents – proof of name change, such as marriage licence or legal name change document
  3. If the parents last name changed, such as second marriage or any other reason, proof of that name change

Applicant visiting a sibling who is Israeli Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

  1. Applicants Birth Certificate
  2. Israeli Citizen or Permanent Residents Birth Certificate
  3. If applicants last name changed, proof of name change
  4. If Israeli Citizen or Permanent Resident has a different last name, proof of name change

If applicant accompanying their spouse, where it is their spouse’s 1st degree relative

  1. Applicant marriage license, showing they are the spouse of the eligible party
  2. Spouse Birth Certificate
  3. If Spouse last name changed, proof
  4. If applicants last name changed, proof of name change
  5. If Israeli Citizen or Permanent Residents Birth Certificate
  6. If Israeli Citizen or Permanent Resident has a different last name, proof of name change

If applicant is child under 28 – going with a parent, where the child’s parents is the first degree relative or perm resident.

  1. Child’s Birth Certificate – proving child of the eligible party
  2. If child has a different last name, proof of name change
  3. Parents Birth Certificate proving relationship to 1st degree
  4. If parent name change – proof of name change
  5. Israeli Citizen or Perm Resident Birth Certificate
  6. If Israeli Citizen or Perm Resident has a different last name, proof of name change

Additional documents required if you are traveling with family members:

  1. Traveling with your Spouse: Marriage License
  2. Traveling with your Child/Children: Birth Certificate’s for each child
  3. Traveling with your Sibling:
    1. Siblings Birth Certificate
    2. Siblings Marriage License / Proof of name change – if your sibling has a different last name.

There is only place to to upload a “Proof of Relationship” file.

To help those who need to upload multiple files, as well as to simplify the process, click here  to upload your required documents.

Upon submission you will receive an email containing one PDF with all the files you uploaded, as well as the proper steps to compress the file so it can be uploaded with your application.

You need to fill out the Health Declaration Form.

You can either Click here to download and complete the form or

Click Here to be directed to our online form filler.

Fill out the information of the applicant.

If you use our online form, after clicking submit, you will be receive and email with your completed and signed form. Make sure to download your completed form to upload it with your application.