Corona Travel Updates
There are no restrictions on entering Israel. People of all ages can now enter Israel even if they never had COVID and were never vaccinated.
However, there is a procedure for entering Israel:
- Non-Israelis (including visa holders who do not have a teudat zehut) must show a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of take-off to Israel in order to board.
If you have had corona between 8 and 90 days before your flight you can show your positive PCR test and a recovery letter to board instead of a negative test. For the full procedure if you had corona before your flight, please click here: If You Contract Corona in Israel or Before Your Trip to Israel
- Anyone seeking to enter Israel – non-Israeli and Israeli – must complete this pre-flight form within 48 hours of your flight: https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flight-form-content/ ( For instructions regarding how to complete this form please click here.)
- Everyone entering Israel must take a PCR test upon arrival. You can schedule your PCR test for when you arrive in Israel (within 48 hours) by using this link: https://testngo.femi.com/en/sign-in
- Anyone who enters Israel must quarantine until the results of your negative PCR come back or 24 hours – whichever comes first. You can do this quarantine in a private home.
- If your PCR test result is positive you must go into quarantine for seven days (5 days if you test negative on a lab- based antigen test on day 5).
Recently recovered Corona patients may continue to test positive upon arrival at Ben Gurion. If you test positive in Israel please click here and see the second half of this link to see the rules and procedures.
Please note: If you are in the Aliyah process, please contact the Jewish Agency or Nefesh B’Nefesh (for North America) for information about your flights.
IF YOU CONTRACTED CORONA OVERSEAS
- You must get this documented with a positive PCR test if you can’t test negative before your flight
- You are allowed to fly to Israel 8 days after you take the PCR test (day one is the day of the test). When completing the form, do not check off that you too a pcr or antigen test. Just skip that part. You will receive a green pass as an attachment in an email after you submit the form.
- You complete the pre-flight 48-hour form – https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flight-form-content/. When completing the form, upload your vaccination document as a pdf and do not check off that you took a pcr or antigen test. Just skip that part. You will get a green pass as an attachment in an email after you submit the form.
For complete instructions regarding how to complete this form please click HERE.
- You simply show your positive PCR to the airline and fly (it must be between 8 and 90 days from before the flight). We highly recommend that you also get a letter of recovery from a doctor since many airlines ask for this alongside the positive PCR.
- Book your pcr for arrival: https://testngo.femi.com/en/sign-in
- Take your pcr test at the airport when you arrive in Israel.
- If you receive a positive pcr result on your airport test:
a) If you are more than 60 days since your positive pcr then you must go into quarantine for 5 days and follow the procedure in the next section below to leave quarantine and to be allowed to leave the country.
b) If you are within 60 days of your positive pcr then go to this link:
When completing this form:
- load your positive pcr result from overseas
- for the field that asks for your serological test result just load a blank page
You will receive a release from quarantine. You should receive it quickly but know that it can take a few days. If 48 hours have passed and you have a family event or something pressing to attend please email email@example.com.
IF YOU CONTRACT CORONA IN ISRAEL
- If you test positive in Israel after not having been positive before within 60 days of your trip, you are required to quarantine for 5 days, whether you tested positive at Ben Gurion upon your arrival or some time during the course of your stay.
- In order to be released from quarantine on day 5, you need a lab based negative antigen test. To fly on day 6 you need to secure a letter from a doctor who is licensed to practice medicine in Israel. The letter must include your passport number and it must state that you quarantined and have recovered from corona.
If you do not know a doctor who is licensed to practice medicine in Israel you can ask for a letter via Bikur Rofe (use the hyper link that’s there). They can also be reached at *6101. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance regarding finding a doctor to write this letter.
- Once 5 days of quarantine have passed and you have the doctor letter, you have two choices:
a) You can go straight to the airport and fly home with your positive pcr from at least 5 days before and your doctor’s letter. The airlines have been instructed to allow you to fly on this basis. If you do this, please get to the airport significantly before your flight to allow time for airport officials to clarify that this is, in fact, the rule. In the end you will be allowed to fly but it may take more time than usual.
If you choose this option you are leaving Israel without any official documentation that you recovered from corona in Israel. You will not be allowed to come back to Israel based on a claim that you recovered in Israel. You will have to fulfill whatever the entry requirement will be at that future time.
b) If you are willing to wait and get an official document of recovery from Israel, go to https://email@example.com.
- submit your positive pcr test result from Israel
- where it asks for a serological test, upload the letter from the doctor stating that you have recovered
You will be sent an official document with a digital stating that you have recovered from corona.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ONLY ADDRESSES WHAT ISRAEL REQUIRES FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE ISRAEL.
To know what the country you are traveling to requires for you to enter their country after having had corona please check with the airline or on the government website of your destination.
How to complete the 48 hour entry form
- This form must be completed by each traveler individually within 48 hours of the flight.
This form will be the basis of your entry to Israel. One form per passenger.
- It is best to provide an Israeli cell number if you can, even if it belongs to a friend. The Ministry of Health releases you from quarantine more quickly via SMS to an Israeli cell only.
- Provide your flight information details – the name of the airline, the flight number and the estimated time that it arrives in Israel.
- You must enter a specific isolation location, with a specific street address and house number. There are times when addresses aren’t accepted by the form. In that case put another address as close as possible to where you will be staying. If the street is not listed, it can be that transliterated spelling is different, so try alternative spelling options.
- Everyone is allowed to enter Israel even if not vaccinated or recovered. Nevertheless, the form asks for vaccination or recovery information. Registering these can potentially help you with regard to quarantine rules in Israel.
If you are vaccinated, convert the vaccination documents into a pdf. (It must be smaller than 1 MB. Use www.ilovepdf.com to compress the file if it is too big.) Type in each vaccination in chronological order from earlier to later. Then where it says “Load covid certificate” upload the pdf of your vaccination record or your EU/UK digital vaccination certificate. Do not be concerned when you see this: “Sorry, unable to verify the certificate. If you filled out vaccination or recovery details, they will be forwarded to the Health Ministry for further processing. You can continue filling out the rest of the form.” Just continue completing the form until the end.
If you have an EU or UK digital recovery certificate with QR code from the last 6 months, type in your recovery and upload your digital recovery certificate.
- The form asks if you took an antigen test or a PCR. You DO NOT need to upload your PCR tests to this form or to any other Israeli government form before you travel. You give your PCR tests to the airline ticket agent at the airport.
If you are exempt from a pre-flight PCR or antigen test because you recently recovered from COVID, you do not check off any of those boxes. Just complete the form without it.
- Once you submit the form you will get an approval right away. The last screen will say that you are okay to board.
Please download your approval
But you also need the email that confirms you did the entry hour form. That email is received immediately after you complete the form. It comes from “do-not-reply-MOH,” and the email subject is “Entry Statement.” It opens in Hebrew and is followed by English.
The incoming statement must be valid at the time of departure (not arrival in Israel).
You will need the incoming statement and the “do-not-reply” email to board.
If you do not receive an email from MOH, and you are convinced you followed the instructions, try a different email address (like Gmail).
- You should print every single document. Print the email that came as a result of the 48-hour form even though it is long (starts in Hebrew and ends in English). Print the incoming statement and the approval. This is just to help you at the airport.
If the timing doesn’t allow you to print them for any reason you should still be okay.
For those who are vaccinated, you should also bring your original vaccination records to the airport.