Starting on Sunday, Jan. 9, Israel will be reopening its borders to all international travelers, meaning U.S. and Canadian travelers can freely enter and depart the country.

“We are thrilled that our incredible country is once again opening its borders to travelers worldwide,” said Eyal Carlin, tourism commissioner for North America, in a press statement. “Israel continues to take countless necessary steps to ensure a COVID-safe experience for both those coming into the country as well as our residents. It’s important for our visitors to feel confident when exploring our country and we’re so excited to welcome everyone back!”

Guidelines that were previously announced in November for entry into the country remain in place.

Entry Guidelines:
Travelers will be required to take a PCR test 72 hours before an outbound flight, fill out a passenger declaration, and a take a PCR test upon arrival in Israel (they’ll need to quarantine in hotel until results return or 24 hours pass—the lesser of the two).

To enter the country, one must:

  • Have been vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since receiving the second dose upon arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel—i.e., if it has been six months since the second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).
    • Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel.
  • Have been inoculated with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since second dose was received upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel—i.e., if it has been six months since your second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).
    • Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel.
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and who present proof of the results of a positive NAAT test at least 11 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel).
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose of the WHO-approved vaccines.

For more information, visit corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/arriving-foreign-nationals.

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