January 8. Israel is set to reopen its borders to vaccinated and some recovered foreign tourists starting Sunday, January 9, as coronavirus rates in the country spike to record levels, making the impact of travel bans negligible.
On Friday, Israel shut down its list of “red” countries with high COVID-19 morbidity, ostensibly making travel possible to and from all nations.
Following is a guide to travel to Israel for foreigners as of January 9:
- Travelers must have been vaccinated (with at least two shots in most cases) or recovered from the virus within the last 180 days. Vaccination must take place at least 14 days before departure.
- Vaccines recognized are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovak, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson (single shot), Covishield, and Sputnik V (must get a serological test in Israel). Travelers must present a vaccination certificate.
- Currently Israel only recognizes recovery certificates from the European Union, based on a positive NAAT test. Recovered, non-vaccinated individuals from other countries can not enter at this time.
- Travelers must present a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of their flight.
- A second PCR test will be administered at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival. Travelers must proceed to quarantine until a negative result is received or until 24 hours have elapsed, whichever comes first.
Source: Times of Israel.