Travel – Working on Updates

Coronavirus TRAVEL Guidelines Regarding Travel
to and from Israel

UPDATED June 22, 2021
For a general overview of all travelers, including Israeli citizens and foreign nationals Click Here
For a detailed overview of specific situations and appropriate links Click Here

GREAT NEWS FOR STUDENTS NEEDING VISAS: With much gratitude to the dedicated staff at the Israel Consulate in NYC – we can apply for a student visa on your behalf, without you needing an appointment, or going to the consulate.
Click here to see exact instructions. 

American Citizens with a recently expired US passport that need to travel back to the United States Click Here to view more

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

Contact Information:

Email:  [email protected]

If this is urgent and you need immediate assistance,
Phone: 646-517-0222 ext 999
This phone is being monitored 24/7 for life and death emergencies.

Coming Soon

We are working as quickly as possible to update this page. Please check back within the next 24-48 hours for updated information. In the meantime, you can look through our General Overview – found below. If this is an urgent matter, please email [email protected] and include your Name, Phone Number, and as much information about your situation as possible.

General Overview

This is a general overview for all travelers including Israeli Citizens and foreign nationals.

For a detailed overview of specific situations please refer to the appropriate links on the bottom of this page

Eligibility:

With the exception of Israeli citizens, who can now enter Israel without any approvals, all foreigners seeking to enter Israel should follow the instructions below.  

All who are seeking entry to Israel, including Israeli citizens will be required to complete two declaration forms, which can be found at the bottom of this page.

The following are current guidelines regarding entry permits into Israel:

A. Israeli citizens with a valid Israeli travel document (passport or travel document) are allowed to fly to Israel without prior approval
B. Every Israeli visitor and every foreigner who has been approved for entry is required to perform a PCR test within 72 hours prior to the flight to Israel.
C. Foreigners and Israelis who have not been vaccinated in Israel are obligated to be quarantined as instructed by the Mistry of Health. Those who present a vaccinated or recovering certificate from abroad will be required to perform a serological test at the institute of their choice in Israel. A positive result in the serological test (confirmation of the presence of antibodies) may allow shortening of isolation
D. Foreigners leaving Israel before the end of the isolation period, without special approval from the Israeli authorities, violate the laws of the State of Israel and their next entry will not be approved.

1. All required documents must be submitted in one PDF file not exceeding 5 MB (Document compression services like ilovepdf.com can be used)
2. Missing documents will be returned to the applicants and will not be processed until they are completed
3. Each application requires separate affidavits

IMPORTANT CHANGEA minor child of an Israeli citizen can NOT apply for a permit. Full registration of each child as an Israeli citizen must be made. Click here to learn about the registration procedure.

Funeral Travel

Required Documents for the request to enter Israel for a funeral:

  1. Photocopy of passport of all applicants

  2. Photocopy of passport of the deceased

  3. Isolation affidavits, click here to download – Note: Each applicant is required to fill out an affidavit form

  4. Proof of family connection (birth certificate or another document)

  5. Certificate of death and/or burial approval in Israel

  6. Valid plane ticket to Israel

Quarantine / Vaccination Proof / Proof of COVID recovery changes and requirements:

The following categories can only apply to enter Israel is they have been vaccinated, even if in a foreign country, or if the applicant has proof that they have recovered from COVID:

  1. Anyone visiting a 1st-degree relative 

  2. A foreign parent of an Israeli child residing in Israel

  3. Attending a Bar/Bat Mitzvah of a 1st-degree relative (which is really the same as visiting a 1st-degree relative)

  4. Going for the birth of a grandchild (which is really the same as visiting a 1st-degree relative, either the 1st-degree relative is the mother of the new baby or the father of the new baby)

  5. A foreigner married to an Israeli citizen or a permanent resident

The following categories can apply to enter Israel even if not vaccinated, but in that case, the applicant is subject to following the quarantine guidelines of 14 days. 

  1. Attending the wedding of a 1st-degree relative (which is really the same as visiting a 1st-degree relative, but without the vaccination or proof of recovery requirement)

  2. 1st-degree relatives visiting a lone soldier or someone doing Sherut Leumi

For all who are vaccinated or have proof of COVID recovery, one can take a serology test upon arrival to Israel, and within 24 hours of submitting the results, should the antibody levels be at the approved levels by the ministry of health, an exemption from quarantine email will be sent to them. 

Definition of a 1st-degree relative living in Israel: The person living in Israel must be an Israeli citizen or a legal resident.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!! STUDENT VISA HOLDERS ARE NOT CONSIDERED RESIDENTS OF ISRAEL, SO THEIR 1st-DEGREE RELATIVES CAN NOT APPLY TO ENTER ISRAEL - WITH ONE EXCEPTION - If the student visa holder is getting married, the parents of the bride and groom can apply to enter, but NOT the siblings of the bride or groom.

Required Documents for Entry Request:

  1. Photocopy of a passport or ID number of the first-degree relative residing in Israel

  2. Photocopy of passports of the applicants

  3. Proof of family connection between the applicants and a relative residing in Israel (Official documents such as birth certificate, marriage license, etc. and the document MUST have an apostille) 

  4. Isolation affidavits, click here to download – Each applicant is required to complete an affidavit form. 

  5. Proof of health insurance valid in Israel throughout the visit with a clause clearly stating coverage for COVID-19

  6. Valid plane ticket to Israel

  7. Certificate of recovery or vaccination certificate for all who wish to enter Israel, this applies to people of all ages – With the exception of attending a wedding, visiting a lone soldier or someone active in Sherut Leumi – in these cases, the following documents are required 

    1. In the case of a wedding event: Proof of the wedding taking place or a joint affidavit from the bride and groom signed by a notary

    2. Photocopy of the IDF service card and/or approval of a lone soldier signed by the authorities or approval of Sherut Leumi organization for the volunteer

  8. For a foreign parent visiting a minor child living in Israel:

    1. Photocopy of passport of the Israeli child

    2. The child’s birth certificate, verified with an apostille stamp

    3. Custody agreement for the minor

Once you have all the necessary documents based n the category in which you are applying, please email them to [email protected]gov.il to submit the request

All travelers must complete the following steps prior to arriving at the airport:

  1. All passengers must take a PCR test 72 hours prior to boarding the flight to Israel. Passengers must show the result during check-in. Passengers with no valid PCR test will be declined from boarding the flight

  2. Fill out and print the following “traveler entry” declaration for each traveler. Click here to enter the “traveler entry” declaration page

  3. Fill out and print the following “self-isolation” declaration for each traveler. Click here to enter the “self-isolation” declaration page

 * These two declarations are different from the declaration you filled out when applying for an entry permit – the “traveler entry” and “self-isolation” declarations are required for each traveler, regardless of nationality or citizenship

* The two declarations will be required for boarding and when landing. Travelers who won’t have both declarations filled out will be delayed at the airport until completing both declarations!

General Information:

•     Please make sure to send in the request 2 weeks before the flight date. The department cannot process earlier requests. 

•     Examining each request and receiving a response takes approximately 7 business days from the date of receiving a case number by the department.

•     All required documents must be attached, according to the case that applies to you, in one PDF file not exceeding 5MB. Shrinking the file size can be done using online services. (such as ilovepdf.com – recommendation only. Use at your own discretion)

•     Requests and status checks can only be made through email. Questions and requests made on other platforms (such as WhatsApp) will not be addressed.

You must bring all of the above documents with you to the airport and may need to present them at any point when checking in, boarding, and/or upon arrival in Israel