Updated: Jun 25, 2021
“I’m happy that the hard work of the Tourism Ministry Staff, along with the Health Ministry, Foreign Affairs, and the Interior Ministry, led the interior minister to declare that the requirements for vaccinated tourists will be relaxed and there will be an expansion of the entry of individual tourists . The time has come for Israel to open up to tourism and to take advantage of its status as a vaccinated country for the benefit of its economy.”
Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen
The Israel travel industry experienced a record-breaking year in 2019, with an astounding number of over 4.5 million tourists. However, the COVID pandemic brought international travel to a halt, like at the rest of the world. Meanwhile, over 85% of the grown-up Israelis have been vaccinated, with the ever-growing number of the Palestinians joining the trend. Following that, the rules and regulations in Israel are becoming more relaxed, with the law of wearing face masks fully revoked in June 2021. Life in the country has returned to a situation which is remarkably close to normal. All the hotels are reopen, and all the tourist and religious sites admits visitors, without restrictions.
From July 1, 2021, individual tourists will be able to enter Israel subject to several criteria (read on for more). Most Israel individual tours will resume. This is the date we have all been waiting for!
There will be the following requirements to enter Israel (as of June 21,2021), starting from July the 1st:
Tourists who are fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the USA or European Union (Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson) which includes around 45 countries such as USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, etc. will be able to enter Israel with a negative PCR COVID test taken before the flight, a vaccination certificate, and a PCR test on arrival to Ben Gurion Airport. Before leaving Israel, another PCR test is required.
Tourists who are fully vaccinated with vaccines not approved by the USA or European Union will be able to enter Israel with a negative PCR test taken before the flight, a vaccination certificate, and a rapid serology test (finger prick) on arrival to Ben Gurion Airport. Before leaving Israel, a PCR test is required.
Tourists who are not vaccinated but have recovered from Covid-19 – will either not be permitted or will be permitted subject to a serology test (to be decided).
Tourists from “red” countries with a high rate of COVID will not be allowed to visit Israel, until further notice.
We are looking forward to meet you in Israel, soon!