Israel plans to open to international tourism in the summer of 2021 But for now, only returning citizens and residents entering the country are allowed to enter.
All travelers must bring a coronavirus negative PCR test done within 72 hours of departure.
They can also provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
All arrivals must go through a mandatory 10/14 day quarantine at an established quarantine center in Israel.
Local tourists Those who received two doses of the vaccine will have access to several tourist and entertainment spots with the presentation of a “Green Pass”, shown in an application from the Ministry of Health linked to their medical records.
Reopening of Israel – latest updates
April 3 – Israel reopens its border with Egypt
After a year of closure, the Israeli government decided to reopen its border with Sinai, in Egypt. As of April 12, up to 300 vaccinated citizens will be allowed to cross the land border of Taba daily.
Travelers must present a vaccination certificate or proof of virus recovery. In addition, Israeli citizens must also pay the exit fee to leave the country. Non-citizens with an exemption committee license will also be able to visit Sinai.
A few weeks ago, the Israeli government reopened its skies to 3,000 local citizens a day. Many businessmen pinned their hopes on a possible reopening for foreign tourists, but that was not the case.
“Dream now, travel later” is the slogan now used by Sara Salansky, a senior official at the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, to try to calm local businessmen who are on the verge of bankruptcy. To date, the country remains closed to international travelers and the government has yet to announce a reopening date, even considering it is leading the most successful vaccination implementation worldwide.
So far, more than 41% of Israeli citizens have received at least one injection of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc.
Thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign, the country will partially reopen hotels and gyms on February 23 for those who have already received two doses of the vaccine. All of them will need to present their “Green Pass” in order to enter.
January 11 – Israel hopes to start reopening
Israel is preparing for the reopening of tourism in the summer of 2021. Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen said: “Next year, we will develop the master plan for the tourism industry, synchronizing projects and creating a holistic approach at the national level”.
Israel is currently leading the vaccination and 20% of the population has already received the first injection.
December 15 – Israel is the first to officially announce COVID travel passports
Israel’s Ministry of Health has announced that the country will be the first in the world issue so-called “Green passports” for citizens vaccinated with COVID-19. These passports will allow them to participate in cultural events, visit restaurants, avoid quarantine and other travel restrictions.
December update: Airlines currently flying to Israel
- Swiss International Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Air Canada
- French air
- turkish airlines
The 7-step exit strategy (reopening plan) – How does it work?
- 1st stage: Companies and schools aged up to six years may reopen (it is not clear when this will occur).
- 2nd stage to 4th stage: Reopening of professional sports, gyms, hotels, clubs and public pools.
- 5th stage: Reopening of Ben Gurion International Airport, in addition to restaurants and cafes.
- 7th step: Returning to the original color-coded plan “Semaphore” designed by the pandemic czar, Prof Ronni Gamzu.
What is open in Israel?
The government partially reopened business venues, such as nightclubs, bars, amusement parks and cultural venues.
Public events, such as parties and organized trips, were also restricted.
Who is allowed to enter Israel?
Only nationals and permanent residents.
Is it safe to visit Israel during COVID-19?
Israel is not considered a safe place to visit during COVID and all non-essential travel should be postponed. (CDC.gov warning level 4)
Israel reopened border crossing with Gaza
Situation of COVID-19 in Israel
As of April 3, Israel reported 834,070 cases and 6,236 deaths.
When will Israel be open to tourism?
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be unpredictable. However, the country hopes to be able to open up to international tourism as soon as it vaccinates most of its population.
This milestone can be reached by the summer of 2021.
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