Unvaccinated Travelers Can Visit Israel From March 1

Starting March 1, all travelers—fully vaccinated or otherwise—from all countries will be able to visit Israel. Through February 28, however, vaccinated and recovered tourists from all countries are allowed to enter Israel (with the exception of unvaccinated children). Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, with the participation of Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov, detailed the measures over the weekend, citing “the steady decline in the morbidity data.”

According to Tourist Israel, all travelers flying to Israel must take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport. Then, they must go straight to wherever they are staying and quarantine for up to 24 hours until they receive a negative result. (The results usually arrive in six to 12 hours, however, meaning that the quarantine is usually not the full 24 hours. Should the test result not be returned within 24 hours, travelers will be allowed to leave quarantine; it’s whichever comes first.)

Beyond the arrival test, international travelers must also complete an Entry Statement Form no more than 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure. They must also provide:

  • A negative result on a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure to Israel
  • A positive result on a PCR test taken between three months and 11 days before the flight
  • Permission from the Exceptions Committee to enter Israel without taking a PCR test before departure

According to The New York Times, Israel is averaging just under 16,500 new cases daily (182 per 100,000), a 67 percent drop in the last two weeks. There is also under one death per 100,000 daily. Sixty-eight percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

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