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Please read all the latest Requirements to enter Israel

Requirements to enter Israel

You must check all requirements before heading to the airport. Please visit https://corona.health.gov.il/en/  for the latest entry requirements. 

As part of measures relating to the Omicron Covid-19 variant, the Israeli Government has confirmed the closure of its borders to any person who is not a Israeli citizen, resident or certain visa holder effective from Monday 29th November for 14 days.

The Ministry of Health press release is here, which explains that foreign nationals from all countries will not be allowed to arrive in Israel, save for exceptional cases approved by the Exceptions Committee.

This means that if you’re not an Israeli citizen or resident and do not have an exception, you will not be able to board our Virgin Atlantic services from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv. 

 

Only Israeli citizens, residents or certain visa holders will be permitted entry into Israel from Monday 29 November for a period of 14 days.

 

Pre-departure test

All customers (including children and infants) must have a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart to Israel.

If there is any reason you're unable to take a PCR test 72 hours before your flight leaves, you may apply to the Exceptions Committee or visit https://survey.gov.il/he/PCR2 

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

 

Pre departure forms           

Entry Statement

All arriving passengers must complete an entry statement. This can be completed online within 48 hours of departure.

Passengers with a verifiable digital certificate must scan or upload their immunization or recovery certificate to the Entry Statement to receive a green pass.

Passengers who do not have a verifiable digital certificate must declare their vaccination status in the entry statement and fill out an application to shorten the isolation period. You must then attach the relevant documents to receive a green pass.

Entry Statement

 

Proof of vaccination

Fully vaccinated visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to be permitted travel. To be considered fully vaccinated, 14 days must have passed since your single dose vaccine, second dose of a 2-dose series or booster dose. In addition, no more than 180 days must have passed from your final vaccination dose from the date of your departure from Israel.

The following vaccines are accepted for travel to Israel:

Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson – Janssen, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac and SputniK-V*

*Until 01 December 2021 travellers vaccinated with SputniK-V will be required to provide a positive Serologist test result in Israel (will remain in isolation until a positive result is obtained).

 

Covid-19 testing on arrival

All customers arriving in Israel must take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival. The cost is 80ILS if booked in advance, or 100ILS upon arrival.

The option to pre-book your arrival test is available during the process of completing the Inbound Passenger Clearance statement, on the Ministry of Health website

 

Quarantine

All Israeli passport/travel document holders who are fully vaccinated are required to go into home quarantine. They will be allowed to end their isolation upon taking an additional PCR test on the third day of quarantine and receiving a negative result. Those who will not take the additional test on the third day will be required to complete the full 14 day isolation period.

 

Exit Statement Form 

All Israeli citizens and residents aged 16 years and older, must show clearance to leave Israel, you will receive the clearance after submitting the exit statement form

 

Passport

Your passport must be valid for the period of your intended stay. You may require longer validity by Embassy consular departments.

The Israeli border control won't stamp your passport. Instead, you'll be given a printed card called an "Electric Gate Pass". You'll need this in order to leave the arrival terminal and continue to collect your baggage. You are advised to keep the card with you at all times.

If you need more information, please contact the Israeli Embassy in London.

 

Visa

Most UK and EU passport holders don't need a visa to enter Israel if visiting for 90 days or less. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days you'll need to apply for a visa.

If don't hold a UK or EU passport, please check if you need a visa before travelling.

Only Israeli citizens, residents or certain visa holders will be permitted entry into Israel from Monday 29 November for a period of 14 days.

 

Pre-departure test

All customers (including children and infants) must have a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart to Israel.

You'll need to present your negative Covid-19 PCR test result to airline staff on your journey.

If there is any reason you're unable to take a PCR test 72 hours before your flight leaves, you may apply to the Exceptions Committee or visiting https://survey.gov.il/he/PCR2 

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

 

Pre departure forms           

Entry Statement

All arriving passengers must complete an entry statement. This can be completed online within 24 hours of departure.

Entry Statement

 

Covid-19 testing on arrival

All customers arriving in Israel must take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival. The cost is 80ILS if booked in advance, or 100ILS upon arrival.

The option to pre-book your arrival test is available during the process of completing the Inbound Passenger Clearance statement, on the Ministry of Health website 

https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights

 

Quarantine

Unvaccinated customers must complete 14 days quarantine upon arrival into Israel. You may shorten the duration of your isolation if your test result on the seventh day of isolation is negative, and you meet the conditions listed on the Ministry of Health website.

 

Exit Statement Form 

All Israeli citizens and residents aged 16 years and older, must show clearance to leave Israel, you will receive the clearance after submitting the exit statement form

 

Passport

Your passport must be valid for the period of your intended stay. You may require longer validity by Embassy consular departments.

The Israeli border control won't stamp your passport. Instead, you'll be given a printed card called an "Electric Gate Pass". You'll need this in order to leave the arrival terminal and continue to collect your baggage. You are advised to keep the card with you at all times.

If you need more information, please contact the Israeli Embassy in London.

 

Visa

Most UK and EU passport holders don't need a visa to enter Israel if visiting for 90 days or less. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days you'll need to apply for a visa.

If don't hold a UK or EU passport, please check if you need a visa before travelling.

Following the latest government, World Health Organisation, and industry regulatory guidance, you must wear a face mask or face covering at all times onboard the flight and throughout the airport.

You may only remove the face mask for the following reasons:

  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • To eat or drink where it is reasonably necessary to do so, or to take medication

There are some exemptions that apply to the wearing of face masks or face coverings:

  • If you can't put on, wear, or remove a face covering without severe distress, or due to any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
  • If you're travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip-reading to communicate
  • Children 11 and under unless you are travelling to/from the US*

*Customers travelling to or from the USA aged 2 and over must wear a face mask at all times in the airport and on board the flight. The same exemptions apply.

Israel airport guides

 

Tel Aviv

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

View airport guide

If you are travelling with electrical items such as laptops or cameras you may be asked at customs to pay a refundable deposit.

For more information please visit the gov.uk website.