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Israel Soon Reopens for International Travelers

Israel reopens for travel

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli health officials announced a plan to welcome fully vaccinated tourists to enter the country starting November 1, 2021.

The plan, which was released on October 21, stills needs the cabinet's approval.

According to the office of the prime minister, tourists who have been fully vaccinated with most internationally recognized vaccines, as well as those who have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months, will be allowed to enter the country, unless they are from “red” countries with severe outbreaks.

The following persons are eligible to enter Israel in the framework of the plan:

  • Foreign nationals who have been inoculated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least seven days prior to their day of entry into Israel (7 days must have passed since their second dose upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon their leaving Israel).
  • Foreign nationals who have been inoculated with two doses of the Moderna vaccine at least 14 days prior to their day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since their second dose upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon their leaving Israel).
  • Foreign nationals who have been inoculated with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to their day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since their second dose upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon their leaving Israel).
  • Foreign nationals who have been inoculated with the Pfizer booster and at least seven days have passed, on the day of their entering Israel.
  • Foreign nationals who have been inoculated with the Moderna, Sinovac Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson booster and at least 14 days have passed, on the day of their entering Israel.
  • Foreign nationals who have recovered from COVID-19 and who present proof of the results of a positive NAAT test at least 11 days prior to their day of entry into Israel (11 days must have passed since their NAAT test upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon their leaving Israel).
  • Foreign nationals who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose of the WHO-approved vaccines.

Groups that will be exempted from quarantine on the basis of their functioning like a capsule that stays together within their own group.

  • Tourists who have been inoculated with a WHO-approved vaccine.
  • The group functions in Israel like a ״capsule״, meaning they are only in contact with the people in their group - these groups will not have leisure time and their movement will be restricted in areas in which there is an increased risk of infection.
  • Up to 2,000 tourists in a capsule per day (a more stringent plan will apply to mixed groups).
  • Either a daily antigen tests or a PCR test every two days must be administered for 14 days from the day of entry into Israel.
  • Tourists who have not been in red countries or countries under severe travel warnings in the 14 days prior to entering Israel.
  • These groups are not required to undergo serological tests.

Israeli health officials recommended delaying the recognition of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine since it is not approved by the World Health Organization. People who are vaccinated with the Russian vaccine may enter from December 1.

Since May, Israel has allowed entry only to immediate relatives of Israelis who are vaccinated or have recently recovered from a coronavirus infection, provided they obtain approval from the government.

Tourists that are qualified to enter Israel can receive a digital Green Pass that will allow them to enter restaurants, cafes, bars, and other indoor places.

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