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Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Israel

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry restrictions
Air travel is partially resuming.

A) Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
Foreign nationals who are resident can enter. Those without residence must apply in advance for permits to enter Israel. To see if you meet the requirements for a permit and where you can apply for entry clearance certified by an Israeli consulate or by the Population and Immigration Authority, please check here: https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/border_closing_coronavirus_14062020. There is a long list of reasons that enable entry to Israel - please consult the aforementioned list.

The entry of foreign nationals is also subject to the presentation of health insurance.

B) Banned travellers
Foreign nationals from Argentina, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa are barred from entering Israel. Residents are allowed to enter subject to approval, but will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
(Ends 21 June 2021)
Testing requirements
A) Who needs to test?
All travellers need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, including those who have a COVID-19 recovery or vaccine certificate from Israel's Ministry of Health. An antigen test will not be accepted. Outbound travellers should contact their airline for instructions. All incoming international travellers will also be required undergo a second PCR COVID test upon arrival. This second test will be carried out either at the border crossing or at a government-designated quarantine facility. The test is recommended to be paid for in advance here: https://testngo.femi.com/en/sing-in
Payment in advance is 80 NIS per person; the price at the airport is 100 NIS.

Foreign nationals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the disease are now allowed to enter the country pending approval by the Population and Immigration Authority. In order to qualify as ‘recovered’, travellers must be able to present a positive PCR test result followed by a negative PCR test result.

Ben Gurion Airport
All travellers will be subject to an additional PCR test upon arrival at the airport.

B) Type of test and number of hours
Israel accepts only PCR tests taken within 72 hours prior to departure. An antigen test will not be accepted.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

A) Who must quarantine and for how long?
All travellers will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. This period can be shorted to ten days if two test results taken as soon as possible after entering quarantine and on the ninth day of quarantine (with at least 24 hours between the two tests) are negative. Apply to do so here: https://www.gov.il/en/departments/guides/corona-quarantine?chapterIndex=9

B) Where can this be done?
At any accommodation.

C) Are vaccinated travellers exempt?
Different exemptions are in place depending on whether the travellers were vaccinated/recovered from COVID-19 in Israel or abroad.

- Passengers who recovered or were vaccinated in Israel are exempted from quarantine. Those who recovered from COVID-19 in Israel must be registered in the Israeli Ministry of Health recovered patients database. For fully vaccinated travellers seven full days must have passed from the second dose and they must be registered in the Israeli Ministry of Health vaccinated people database. It is advised that recovered patients or vaccinated individuals ask their HMO for a recovery certificate or apply to the Ministry of Health for a vaccination certificate.

Travellers who get vaccinated with two doses in Israel, but exit Israel before seven full days pass from the second dose, will have to go into isolation when they return to Israel, but only if less than 21 days pass after receiving the second dose.

The quarantine exemption for vaccinated/recovered passengers does not apply to those who arrive in Israel from the the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine. All travellers arriving from these countries must go into isolation.

- Passengers who recovered or received the vaccine outside of Israel must go into isolation upon arrival; however they can apply for an exemption if they take a serologic test in one of the Ministry of Health accredited laboratories (https://www.gov.il/BlobFolder/policy/bz-10841721/he/files_regulation_bz-10841721.pdf?utm_source=go.gov.il&utm_medium=referral) and, if positive, they may apply for a quarantine exemption via the form found here: https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/QuarantineExceptionExit@health.gov.il
You must wait at least ten full days between testing positive and taking the serologic test. You must wait for a text message (SMS) and/or an e-mail confirming exemption from isolation.
(Until further notice)
All travellers must complete an inbound passenger statement no more than 24 hours before their departure. The form is available at: https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-entry-to-israel-covid19

The second test is recommended to be paid for in advance here: https://testngo.femi.com/en/sing-in

In addition, the following documents will be required upon entry:
1. Passport photo.
2. Signed quarantine statement.
3. Health insurance (for travel) with a COVID-19 clause.
4. Documents attesting to family relations or those of a first degree (if applicable).
5. Additional documents relevant to the criterion set out for submitting the application (if applicable).
(Until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticInternal restrictions

The government has lifted most of the lockdown restrictions.
The wearing of masks in public spaces is still required.
Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/23052021-02
To know the internal restrictions per local council, visit: https://corona.health.gov.il/en/local-councils-traffic-light-model/
(Until further notice)
Internal Movement
Movements between East Jerusalem/Israel and the West Bank is not allowed for Gaza ID Holders .
Additional information is available here: http://www.accesscoordination.org/corona.aspx

West Bank
During Ramadan month: All governorates will be in an overnight lockdown except for pharmacies and bakeries from 20:00-0600 hours. On Fridays, all governorates will be in a 24 hour lockdown. No movement between governorates including the city of Jerusalem, except for medical personnel, essential goods and food. Critical movement as determined by the head of the organisation is possible for UN/INGO and diplomatic mission personnel in OFFICIAL VEHICLES with agency IDs.
(Until further notice)
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Most checkpoints between Jerusalem and Bethlehem and its surrounding suburbs in the West Bank have been closed. Additional checkpoints might be closed on short notice.
(Until further notice)
Outbound requirements
Travel to locations that are classified as being at "highest risk" of COVID-19 is banned for Israeli citizens or residents with few exemptions. This travel ban does not apply to people who transit through these destinations, but only if you stay in the airport transit area for 12 hours or less. The ban does not apply to foreign nationals. The list of locations and exemptions can be found here https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/entry_and_exit_from_israel_0521
All outbound passengers are no longer required to apply for clearance to leave Israel. However, all travellers who stay in Israel longer than 72 hours must present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. This does not apply to people who have Israeli vaccination or recovery certificates. Proof of those must be presented instead of the test results.

Further details available at: https://www.gov.il/en/Departments/Guides/flying-to-israel-guidlines?chapterIndex=2&utm_source=go.gov.il&utm_medium=referral
(Until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Israel

COVID-19 information for Israel

Dedicated COVID-19 website


The 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving situation; International SOS is monitoring developments closely. Please see our Medical and Security Alerts and also the COVID-19 pages of the Pandemic Information website for detailed information.

The security environment is generally benign, except at times of heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions, which can fuel incidents such as knife or car-ramming attacks or, more rarely, shootings. Jerusalem has been the most affected city. Most of these attacks target security force personnel (police, border police, Israel Defense Forces), but they can pose incidental risks to bystanders. Other concerns include the risk of petty crime and communal unrest, especially in Jerusalem. The border areas with Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are unstable, with the risk of rocket fire or militant cross-border infiltration. However, the government maintains a robust security infrastructure to mitigate these risks.

This information is intended as a summary of the security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Israel
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

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