Israel Reopening Borders to tourists

Israel plans to open for tourism by summer 2021: Latest updates

Israel plans to reopen for international tourism by the summer 2021. But for now, returning nationals and residents entering the country are required to bring a negative PCR coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours prior to take-off. They can also show proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19. 

All arrivals must undergo a mandatory 10/14-day quarantine at an Israel-established quarantine center. 

Starting this week, people who have received two doses of the vaccine will have access to multiple tourist and entertainment venues by presenting a “Green Pass”, displayed on a Health Ministry app linked to their medical files. 

Israel reopening – Latest Updates

Israel beach

February 21

So far, more than 41% of Israel nationals have received at least one shot of Pfizer Inc’s vaccine. 

Thanks to its successful vaccination campaign the country will partially reopen hotels and gyms on Feb. 23 to those who have already been administered two doses of the vaccine. All of them will need to show their “Green Pass” to be allowed entry. 

Vaccination progress 

January 11 – Israel hopes to start reopening

Israel is preparing for the reopening of tourism by summer 2021. Minister of tourism, Orit Farkash-Hacohen, said “In the next year, we will develop the master plan for the tourism industry, synchronizing between projects and creating a holistic approach at the national level.”

Israel is currently leading in the vaccination and already 20% of the population had the first injection.

December 15 – Israel first to officially announce COVID travel passports

Israeli Ministry of Health announced that the country will be the first in the world to issue so-called “green passports” for citizens with COVID-19 vaccination. These passports will allow them to attend cultural events, visit restaurants, avoid quarantine and other travel restrictions.

December Update: Airlines currently flying to Israel

  • Lufthansa
  • United
  • Delta
  • Swiss International Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Wizzair
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Ryanair
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Austrian
  • Easyjet
  • Pegasus
  • Flydubai
  • etc.


The 7-step exit strategy (Reopening plan) – How does it work?

  • 1st step: Businesses and schools for ages up to six will be allowed to reopen (Unclear when it will occur).
  • 2nd step to 4th step: Reopening of professional sports, gyms, hotels, clubs and public swimming pools.
  • 5th step: Reopening of Ben Gurion International Airport, plus restaurants and cafes.
  • 7th step: Returning to the original color-coded “Traffic Light” plan designed by pandemic czar Prof Ronni Gamzu.

What is open in Israel?

The government has partially reopened business venues like nightclubs, bars, amusement parks, and cultural sites. 

Public events, such as parties and organized trips have also been restricted.

Who is allowed to enter Israel?

Israel international airport

Only nationals or 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. ( warning level 4)

Israel reopened border crossing with Gaza

How many COVID-19 cases does Israel have?

As of February 20, Israel has reported 731,037 cases and 5,417 deaths.

When will Israel be open for tourism?


COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be unpredictable. However, the country expects to be able to open for international tourism as soon as they have vaccinated the majority of its population. 

This milestone may be achieved by summer 2021. 

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