Israel Reopening Borders to tourists

Israel might postpone reopening for tourists until June due to India variant

Israel plans to open for international tourism on May 23, but for now, only returning nationals and residents entering the country are allowed to enter.

All travelers 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. 

Local tourists 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

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May 2 – Israel might postpone reopening for tourists until June. 

Everything is -still- set up to reopen for tourism on May 23. However, the Health Ministry recommended this week to put off the reopening until June considering the new India variant that is wreaking havoc in multiple countries. 

The Tourism Ministry’s plan to reopen the country to vaccinated tourists in May, specifically looks to attract sun-seekers from the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom.

“These are the countries with a high percentage of vaccinations, and cities with great economic potential for Israel,” said Farkash-Hacohen, Israel Minister of Tourism. 

Considering Israel has been extremely careful containing the virus, the reopening delay will stay on the table until further notice.

April 16 – Limited groups of vaccinated tourists will be allowed entry Israel beginning May 23. 

Effective May 23 -limited groups of fully vaccinated international tourists- will have the privilege to come visit and do tourism in Israel. 

All arrivals will need to bring a negative COVID-19 test result, take a serological test to prove the existence of COVID-19 antibodies. This means, the authorities will be checking if the traveler is actually vaccinated against COVID-19. 

As of now, the country is reportedly working on a mutual-recognition vaccination passport to reopen travel corridors with a number of countries. 

Additionally, given its incredibly successful vaccination campaign, the country announced people won’t need to wear a face mask at a public space anymore starting tomorrow.

April 3 – Israel reopens its border with Egypt

After a year of closure, the Israel government has decided to reopen its border with Sinai, Egypt. Effective April 12, up to 300 vaccinated citizens will be allowed to cross the Taba land border daily. 

Travelers need to present a vaccination certificate or proof of having recovered from the virus. Additionally, Israel nationals must also pay the exit fee for leaving the country. Non-citizens in possession of a permit from the Exemptions Committee will also be allowed to visit Sinai.

March 16

A couple of weeks ago, the Israeli government reopened its skies to 3,000 local citizens per day. Many business owners pinned their hopes on a potential reopening for foreign tourists but it has not been the case. 

“Dream Now, Travel Later,” is the slogan now used by Sara Salansky, senior official in the Israel Minister of Tourism, to try to calm down the local business owners who are about to go bankrupt. As of today, the country continues to be closed to international travelers and the government has not announced any reopening date just yet, even considering they are leading the most successful vaccination rollout worldwide. 

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 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. ( warning level 4)

Israel reopened border crossing with Gaza

COVID-19 situation in Israel

As of May 1, Israel has reported 838,481 cases and 6,363 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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