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Israel Now Open To International Travellers

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced that vaccinated tourists from the United States can resume all travel to Israel. After kicking off the pilot reopening program in May of 2021, which initially allowed a select number of tour groups to enter the country, all vaccinated travellers may now visit Israel after the extended closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Gal Hana, Israel Consul of Tourism for Canada, said: “We are beyond delighted that our fellow Canadian travellers can once again visit Israel and experience all the country has to offer.”

And Hana added: “By leading the world in vaccination status and low transmission rates, our ultimate goal has been to ensure the health of all travellers and provide peace of mind to those who choose our country as their holiday destination.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett along with several other Ministers within the country (Tourism, Health, Transportation, etc.), have come together and formed the following plan which has been approved by the COVID cabinet and took effect on Nov. 1 – with developments and new COVID variants being monitored closely.

Yoel Razvozov, Israel’s Minister of Tourism, said: “We have been awaiting this moment, to bring back travellers into our country, for a very long time now. We’re ecstatic to share our country with everyone once again and I’m proud to be working closely with our Prime Minister Naftali Bennett among other Ministers within the country to ensure a thoughtful, safe return to tourism.”

As of Nov. 1, the guidelines for entry include:

  • Taking a PCR test 72 hours before an outbound flight, filling out a passenger declaration, and taking a PCR test upon arrival in Israel (needing to quarantine in hotel until results return or 24 hours pass – the lesser of the two).

To enter the country, one must:

  • Have been vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since receival of second dose upon arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel – i.e., if it has been six months since the second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).

Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel.

  • Have been inoculated with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since second dose receival upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel – I.e., if it has been six months since your second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).

Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel.

  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and who present proof of the results of a positive NAAT test at least 11 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel).
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose of the WHO-approved vaccines.

For more, go to https://corona.health.gov.il/en/directives/air-travel-covid19-green/?tab=by-air and for additional information, visit https://israel.travel/ .

Eyal Carlin, Tourism Commissioner for North America, said that: “To say we are excited that Israel is reopening to travellers today is an understatement.”

Carlin continued: “Israel has taken incredible steps to protect its people and visitors and we pride ourselves on ensuring a COVID-safe and unforgettable trip to those who will be entering our beautiful country.”

 

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