Authorities in Israel have eased the country’s entry restrictions and PCR testing is no longer required upon arrival. A statement issued by the Israeli Ministry of Health confirmed that Israel lifted the final restrictions on Covid-19. The new rule applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Israel reopened its borders in January of 2022 after having to temporarily close them due to the spread of the omicron variant at the end of 2021.
According to the new guidelines agreed by the Ministry of Health and the Airports Authority that came into effect on May 21st at 12:01 am, passengers disembarking at Ben Gurion Airport from May 21st onward do not need to undergo PCR testing. Travelers still need to fill out an entry statement form before their departure and wear a mask on international flights.
Eyal Carlin, the tourism commissioner for North America, told Travel + Leisure that, “This new development in Israel’s testing and entry requirements is another fantastic step in being able to welcome visitors back to Israel.”
With travelers planning their summer and fall trips now, this will make traveling to Israel simpler and more relaxing upon arrival.Eyal Carlin, Israel’s tourism commissioner for North America
In addition, the Health Ministry also confirmed that foreigners arriving in the country will be able to take an antigen test before boarding. Any passenger who chooses the antigen option must take the test within 24 hours of departure to Israel. The new regulations state that, as of May 10, a PCR test is no longer required before flying to the Mediterranean country.
The PCR test and isolation at Tel Aviv airport will also be eliminated as of May 21, although this measure has to be ratified in detail by the Israeli Parliament.
We hope this new ease in restrictions will allow for even more visitors to enjoy our country.Eyal Carlin, Israel’s tourism commissioner for North America
Israel is currently facilitating access to the country, something that is expected to increase the number of international visitors in the coming holiday periods.