On Tuesday the 17th of May, the Israel Ministry of Health announced that Israel will remove entry requirements entirely for all travellers visiting the country this week.
According to the announcement, Israel will remove all Covid entry requirements from Saturday the 21st of May. This means that entry requirements will only pertain to those in place before the pandemic (these can be checked by travellers on the Foreign Travel Advice page).
Israel will remove entry requirements for all passengers via air, land, and sea, including unvaccinated or partially vaccinated arrivals. This means that travellers entering Israel will no longer need evidence of a full course of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test taken pre-departure.
The Israel Ministry of Health also clarified that travellers will no longer need to take a test on entry at the airport. Previously, Israel announced that they would remove the requirement for a test on arrival from Friday the 20th of May. Now, Israel will remove entry requirements entirely, with their Covid restrictions being removed for the first time in 2 years.
Until Saturday the 21st of May, arrivals will need to provide evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test taken when they arrive. Following the 21st, travellers will only need to fill out a passenger entry declaration within 48 hours pre-departure, this was a requirement pre-pandemic.
The Director of the Israel Tourist Office in London, Sharon Bershadsky, said, “This is the news we have been waiting for, for over two years.”
“It has been our highest priority to make the process of entering Israel the easiest it can be whilst responsibly looking after our passengers’ health and safety.
“With Israel joining many other countries in dropping all Covid restrictions, I am hopeful that the travel industry has now reached a crucial milestone in this post-pandemic world.”
During this announcement, the Israel Ministry of Health also pledged to give prompt updates in future if these requirements should change or return.
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