From midnight on May 20, Israel has removed all restrictions on visiting tourists. Travellers in Israel are no longer required to do any Covid-19 tests and the country has also done away with the requirement of a negative RT-PCR test prior to departure. The need for RT-PCR test upon arrival followed by isolation has also been removed. However, travellers are still required to complete an entry statement within the 48 hours from departure to Israel.
The mandatory requirement to put on masks for international flights to and from Israel has also been lifted as well.
“This new development in Israel’s entry requirements is great step in being able to welcome visitors back to Israel. This will make traveling to Israel simpler and more relaxing, and your vacation will begin the moment you step off the plane. I for one am thrilled to have visitors enjoy my home country,” says Sammy Yahia, Director of Israel Tourism in India & Philippines.
In April, about 207,400 tourist entries were recorded, almost seven times the 30,200 of arrivals in March 2021, says Israel Tourism. However, compared to the arrivals of 405,000 in April 2019, the number of visitors to Israel was 49 pc less. This indicates that the rate of incoming tourists to Israel is slowly recovering. Currently the pace of tourist entries to date represents the basis for a forecast assessment of 1.5 to 2 million tourist entries.