Israel reopens borders to entry of foreign nationals – Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Israel: Israel reopens borders to foreign nationals

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On January 9, 2022, Israel loose several pandemic-related restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals. The country had previously eased its entry restrictions in November 2021 but only reimposed them a few weeks later after the omicron variant was identified. Under the new reopening guidelines, fully vaccinated foreign nationals, as well as some unvaccinated but recovered people, will be allowed to enter Israel.

Entry eligibility for vaccinated or recovered travelers

Tourists and other foreign nationals seeking to take advantage of Israel’s relaxed entry guidelines will need to comply with strict documentation, testing and quarantine requirements established by the Israeli Ministry of Health. Specifically, travelers will need to request a Green pass prior to arrival, demonstrating compliance with the following requirements:

  • Travelers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine must provide proof that they received the second or third dose at least 7 days and no more than 6 months before their arrival.
  • Travelers who have received the Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine must provide proof that they received the second or third dose at least 14 days and no more than 6 months before their arrival.
  • Travelers who received only a single dose of an approved vaccine between January 6 and January 18, 2022 will be eligible for the temporary Green Pass for 30 days, unless they have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 patient .

Certain unvaccinated travelers who can demonstrate natural recovery from COVID-19 will also be permitted entry, under the following guidelines:

  • Travelers who are unvaccinated but hold a certificate of recovery showing a positive PCR test result are eligible for a Green Pass valid for up to 6 months from the date of the last certificate of recovery.
  • Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and also received a dose of an approved vaccine before or after recovery are eligible for a Green Pass valid until March 31, 2022.
  • Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and who subsequently tested positive in a serology test, who were not vaccinated before the test and who subsequently received at least one dose of an approved vaccine after the test are eligible for a Green Pass valid until December 31, 2022.
  • Children up to 12 years and 3 months are entitled to a Green Pass valid until March 31, 2022 or until the age of 12 years and 3 months, whichever is later.
  • Children up to 12 years and 3 months who test positive for serology are eligible for a Green Pass valid until December 31, 2022 or until they are 12 years and 3 months old, whichever is later.

Testing and quarantine requirements

All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, must comply with the following testing and quarantine requirements to enter Israel:

  • Take a PCR test within 72 hours before the flight to Israel, or take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours before the flight (home tests are not acceptable.) Travelers must present an official document showing the results of their tests.
  • fill it in Entry declaration form within 48 hours before departure. Once the form is completed, travelers will receive a link to pre-pay for a PCR test upon arrival.
  • Take a PCR test when you arrive in Israel.
  • Isolate for 24 hours or until a negative result is received from the arrival PCR test. Additional isolation requirements may apply in some cases.

Recognized vaccines

For the purposes of entry restrictions, Israel will accept vaccination with COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, including:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Modern
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Sinovac
  • SinoPharm
  • Serum Institute of India
  • Bharat Biotech

Immunization with the Sputnik V vaccine is also recognized. However, additional restrictions may apply, including isolation and testing requirements.

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