Israel’s COVID Travel Rules Change Monday – Here Are The Details

The new scheme for incoming tourists begins on Monday, November 1. The concept is to open the skies to more travelers interested in visiting the Jewish state.

Who can enter Israel?

Any foreigner who:

  • You have been vaccinated with a World Health Organization approved vaccine or with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, but only according to certain conditions (see below)
  • Have you recovered from the coronavirus in the last six months or received a booster shot since you recovered more than six months ago, but only according to certain (see below)
  • He did not spend time in a highly infected red country in the 14 days leading up to his arrival in Israel.
  • Arrive via Ben-Gurion Airport

TRAVELERS WALK through Ben-Gurion Airport earlier this year. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI / FLASH90)What vaccines are approved by the World Health Organization?

  • Modern
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson – Janssen
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

What is the protocol to enter when vaccinated with these vaccines?

For all WHO approved vaccines except Johnson & Johnson, the following criteria apply:

  • It has been at least 14 days since the person received two shots of these vaccines or a booster, and no more than 180 days.

For those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

  • It has been at least 14 days since the person received Johnson & Johnson or a booster, and no more than 180 days.

    Medical staff receive their third COVID-19 vaccination at the Meir Medical Center in Kefar Sava, on August 13, 2021 (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI / FLASH90). Medical staff receive their third COVID-19 vaccination at the Meir Medical Center in Kefar Sava, on August 13, 2021 (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI / FLASH90).

What about a recovered person?

People who have recovered must be able to have a reference that the Israeli Ministry of Health system can digitally authenticate: a certificate of recovery or a PCR test.

  • The person must have been infected at least 11 days prior to the entry attempt and no more than 190 days, unless the person has received a booster dose of a WHO-approved vaccine.

But is Sputnik V different?

  • Foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik can only begin to enter the country from November 15 and must take a serological test upon arrival. Only when a positive serological result is received can these people come out of isolation.
  • These individuals must have received two injections or a booster of the Sputnik V vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry and no more than 180 days prior
  • If a person who received Sputnik arrives and the person’s serological test is negative, then the traveler may choose to stay in Israel in isolation for a minimum of seven days or return home immediately.

A healthcare worker shows a vial with the Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Podgorica, Montenegro, on February 22, 2021. (Credit: REUTERS)A healthcare worker shows a vial with the Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Podgorica, Montenegro, on February 22, 2021. (Credit: REUTERS)

What must be done before entering Israel?

  • A PCR test up to 72 hours before boarding the plane, which must be presented at the boarding gate
  • Passengers must upload their verifiable digital vaccination or recovery certificate or their paper certifications to the inbound passenger form on the website of the Ministry of Health to receive your Green Pass before traveling. If a person does not have a digital certificate, the person will also need to complete an application to shorten the isolation period to receive a Green Pass; this documentation must also be submitted
  • A recovered person will also need to bring this digital recovery certificate.
  • Before boarding, people who do not meet these criteria but who have received an exceptional entry permit from the Ministry of the Interior must also present this documentation.

What happens at the entrance?

  • People should get a PCR test at the airport and wait in isolation until they receive a negative result or 24 hours have passed.
  • Those vaccinated with Sputnik V should perform both a PCR test and a serological test
  • If a person tests positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Israel, the person will be transferred to a state hospital or hotel against the coronavirus under the responsibility of the Home Front Command. All medical treatment will be borne by the foreigner and the person’s insurance policy.

What happens if I break the rules?

  • A foreigner in transit who does not meet the threshold conditions will be returned to the airport and sent home.
  • A foreigner who presents a forged document will be denied entry to Israel for five years.
  • A foreigner who tests positive for COVID-19 but refuses to go to a motel or violates isolation rules will be denied entry to Israel for five years.
  • A foreigner who did not test positive for COVID-19 but still violates isolation rules will be denied entry to Israel for three years.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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