Israel Lifts Nearly All COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Jaffa, Israel. Photo courtesy of the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
Jaffa, Israel. Photo courtesy of the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

Israel recently announced it is easing nearly all of its COVID-19 entry requirements for international travellers. Beginning 20MAY, all travelers flying into the destination will no longer be required to take a PCR test upon arrival at TLV. Just a day later, as of 21MAY, Israel will be lifting all pre-departure COVID testing requirements for international travellers, regardless of vaccination status.

This means that whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, international travellers will no longer need to take a test before their flight nor take another at the airport and quarantine. However, travellers are still required to complete an entry form and must wear their masks on flights to Israel.

“The news surrounding the lifting of the pre-departure testing and testing upon arrival in Israel, is a momentous occasion! We are excited to make this announcement as Canadians have already started to fill flights to Israel over the last few months,” said Gal Hana, Director Counsel of Canada for the Israel Ministry of Tourism. “Our travelers can now enter Israel with more ease and less traveler anxiety, knowing they are free to explore the country as soon as they arrive at Ben Gurion.”

“This new development in Israel’s testing and entry requirements is another fantastic step in being able to welcome visitors back to Israel,” said Eyal Carlin, Tourism Commissioner for North America. “With travelers planning their summer and fall trips now, this will make traveling to Israel simpler and more relaxing upon arrival – your vacation will really begin when you step off the plane! We hope this new ease in restrictions will allow for even more visitors to enjoy our country.”

For more information, visit Israel's travel web site.

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