Thinking of Visiting Israel This Summer? Here’s What You Need to Know

The government is working hard to allow tourists to enter Israel again very soon. Will you be coming?

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Tourism, Coronavirus
Travelers arriving at Ben Gurion Airport. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90

Member of the “Corona Cabinet’ and Israel Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov toured Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday to examine the entry procedures into Israel.

The tour is a direct continuation of the discussion that took place yesterday in the Corona Cabinet, in which the Tourism Minister presented an outline for the return of tourists to Israel. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett requested that government agencies begin implementing this outline in order to be ready for the return of tourists to the country.

Accompanying the minister on the tour at Ben Gurion Airport were Maj.-Gen.(ret.) Roni Numa, Ministry of Health officials, Israel Airports Authority officials and Immigration Authority officials. Together they discussed the two routes that will allow tourists entry into Israel. One route will be reserved for those vaccinated with FDA / EMA approved vaccines who will undergo PCR tests. A second route will be reserved for those vaccinated with vaccines that are not approved by the Israel Ministry of Health, where incoming tourists will undergo serological testing at a designated compound at Ben Gurion Airport. Test results will be given to the tourist after about 15 minutes.

Israel Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov during his tour of Ben Gurion Airport

Minister Razvozov said after the tour:

“There are, and it is possible to find, ways in which the tourism industry will return to operation, while at the same time preserving the health of Israeli citizens. I am happy for the government ministers’ understanding that incoming tourism must return to Israel. As long as the morbidity rate permits, the target date for bringing back incoming tourism to Israel is August 1. It should be clear to all that any postponement of the due date will require compensation for the disabled tourism industry.”

“My impression from the tour is that the infrastructure for the serological testing complex that will provide a result within 15 minutes still does not exist. But, in coordination with the Ministries of Health, Transportation and the Interior, I will work to implement the entire outline. There are alternatives in this regard, such as recognition by the Israel Ministry of Health of overseas laboratories that will give tourists serological certification – but I trust the professionals who will know how to bring the best product for the State of Israel.”

In the meantime, the government is implementing a number of rules to help stop the spread of the Delta variant in Israel. The new regulations go into effect on Friday, July 16.

  • Take a COVID test before leaving for, and upon arrival in, Israel.
  • Don’t travel to dangerous countries, meaning those with high infection rates.
  • Anyone who returns from a country listed as risky must enter isolation.
  • Anyone, coming from anywhere, whether vaccinated or not, must enter isolation for 24 hours or until they receive a negative COVID test result – whichever comes first.
  • Children under 12 who are unvaccinated are required to isolate for a minimum of seven days and up to 14. To get out of isolation at seven days, one must take a test on arrival at the airport and again on day seven.
  • Anyone who is not vaccinated or recovered is required to isolate for a minimum seven days.

Banned countries: Belarus, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Uzbekistan.

High-risk countries that require isolation: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Paraguay, Seychelles, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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