Starting November 1, Individual travellers who meet the criteria are expected to be able to enter the country without any special permission under the new guidelines for incoming tourists.
The ministry on Sunday said in a statement: “The Israel Ministry of Tourism is pleased to welcome the long-awaited return of vaccinated individual tourists. Once again, tourists from around the world can make their reservations and enjoy the unique, varied and safe tourism products that Israel has to offer.”
Here are the specifics you need to know to determine whether you are eligible to enter Israel and, if so, how to do so:
Who is allowed to enter Israel?
Any foreign national who:
- Has been fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual received both shots of Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm or Sinovac or one shot of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, and no more than 180 days.
- Has been fully vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, but only under these conditions:
- Foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik can enter the country starting November 15 and must take a serological test upon arrival. Only after receiving a positive serological result can these individuals be released from isolation.
- These individuals must have received two Sputnik V vaccine shots or a booster shot at least 14 days before entry and no more than 180 days before entry.
- If a person who received Sputnik arrives and the serological test is negative, the traveller will have the option of staying in Israel in isolation for a minimum of seven days or returning home immediately.
- Has recovered from coronavirus within the last six months, or has received a booster shot since recovering more than six months ago, but only if the following criteria are met:
- Recovered individuals must have a reference that the Health Ministry system can digitally authenticate, such as a recovery certificate or PCR test.
- The person must have been infected at least 11 days prior to the entry attempt and no more than 190 days, unless a booster dose of a WHO-approved vaccine has been received.
- Did not spend any time in a “red” country with a high infection rate in the 14 days preceding arrival in Israel.
- Lands at Ben-Gurion Airport.
What steps must be taken prior to entering Israel?
- Travellers must take a PCR test within 72 hours of boarding the flight, which will need to be presented at the gate.
- To receive their Green Pass, passengers must upload either their verifiable digital vaccine or recovery certificate or their paper certifications to the incoming passenger form on the Health Ministry website before travel. If a person does not have a digital certificate, he or she must also fill out an application to shorten the isolation period in order to receive a Green Pass; such documentation must also be presented.
- A recovered individual must also bring this digitally recovered certificate.
- Individuals who do not meet these criteria but have received an exceptional entry permit from the Interior Ministry must also present this documentation before boarding.
- You must also have travel insurance.
What are the procedures after arrival?
- Passengers must take a PCR test at the airport and remain in isolation for 24 hours after receiving a negative result.
- Those who have been vaccinated with Sputnik V must undergo both a PCR test and a serological test.
- If a person tests positive for COVID-19 while in Israel, they will be transferred to a hospital or a state-run coronavirus hotel under the auspices of Home Front Command. All medical treatment will be paid for by the foreigner and his or her insurance policy.
What are the consequences of breaking the rules?
- A foreigner who presents a forged document will be barred from entering Israel for a period of five years.
- A foreigner who tests positive for COVID-19 but refuses to stay in a hotel or violates the isolation rules will be barred from entering Israel for a period of five years.
- A foreigner who is not positive for COVID-19 but violates isolation rules will be barred from entering Israel for three years.
– India’s new age travel digital media