FAQ: Tourist Entry Guidelines for COVID 19

Great news! Vaccinated travelers can now enter Israel, as long as they meet one of the following conditions:

– You’ve been vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, or Sinopharm vaccines, and 14 full days have passed. By the time you leave Israel, it cannot be more than 180 days since your last dose.
– You’ve been vaccinated with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, and at least 14 full days have passed. By the time you leave Israel, it cannot be more than 180 days since your last dose.
– If you’ve received the Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) booster and at least 14 full days have passed.

 

Also, all travelers must not have not been to a designated “Red Country” in the past 14 days, or a country with a travel warning (designated by Israel). To check a country’s status, click here.

 

Please note, Israel is only recognizing certain vaccines at this time. For the full guidelines from the Ministry of Health, click here.

We’re glad you’re feeling better! Recovered travelers can enter Israel, as long as they meet the following conditions: 

– You hold a digital recovery certificate based on a positive NAAT test taken at least 11 days before entering Israel. This means 11 days must have passed since your NAAT test, and no more than 190 have passed by the time you leave Israel.
– You have not been to a designated “Red Country” in the past 14 days, or a country with a travel warning (designated by Israel). To check a country’s status, click here.

Here are the things every traveler must have in order to be granted entry into Israel:

– Every traveler needs a negative PCR test to enter Israel, taken within 72-hours of departure. It must be a PCR test, a rapid test does not meet the requirements.
– You also need to fill out an entry form no more than 24 hours before entering Israel. 
– If you have a verifiable digital vaccine or recovery certificate, you will upload your certificate and receive a “Green Pass” before boarding your flight. If you do not have a verifiable digital certificate, you will fill out a declaration regarding your vaccines and will attach documents. You will also receive a “Green Pass” before boarding.

When you board your flight, you’ll be asked for:


– Documentation of your negative PCR test
– Confirmation that you submitted an entry form
– A vaccination certificate or digital recovery certificate

You will need to take a second PCR test upon landing in Ben Gurion airport. There is a testing system at the airport already in place, and it is cheaper & quicker if you pay in advance. Click here to book your test in advance. 

 

After your test and upon arriving at the hostel, you will need to isolate yourself until you receive the results of your test (they will be emailed to you). During your isolation, you can order food from any place in the city. Our reception team will be happy to help bring the food to your room.

The official PCR test can be done in places approved by the Ministry of Health. You can find information in Hebrew here and here, but please ask our staff to help you with this process. 

The official place to get the most accurate and up-to-date information is the Health Ministry website

Here in Israel, visiting indoor events and venues is subject to holding what we call a “Green Pass.” You will be asked to present this pass when entering most indoor public venues.

If you have the certificates required by the Israeli authorities, you can join our tours by presenting your vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, or negative PCR test. If the tour is indoors, you’ll need to present a Green Pass to enter the indoor spaces (this is the law in Israel). If the tour is outside, you will not be required to present a Green Pass.

We are offering flexible cancellation policies to prioritize everyone’s health and wellbeing. If you cannot travel due to changes related to COVID-19, we will offer a full refund minus a 10% processing fee. You will need to show proof of the cancellation being connected to the pandemic (doctors note/flight cancellation/change in terms allowing travel to Israel). The majority of our tours are now fully flexible, so should you make a booking and travel restrictions change making your upcoming visit no longer possible, just give us a call and we’ll happily assist with a postponement or cancellation.

We are taking extensive measures to keep our tours safe for everyone. When tours are in an indoor space, such as buses, restaurants or homes, everyone will be asked to put on masks that will cover their mouth and nose.

All staff must either have been fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before they start a trip.

Abraham Tours follows all government and local requirements around the use of masks. Travelers are required to have their own masks, and to wear one when required. We recommend that all travelers, leaders, and crew wear masks when:

– On public and private transport
– In crowds or where physical distancing is difficult
– Indoors (especially in places with poor ventilation)

The majority of our trips are based on small group adventures, up to 19 travelers. For any tours that are designed for larger groups, we will conduct careful risk assessments before operating. On all tours, we will follow government guidance.