Israel opens to vaccinated medical travellers

Israel has now removed every country from its ‘red’ list, reopening the skies and allowing Israelis to travel anywhere in the world. Restrictions on foreign nationals from non-red countries were also removed, meaning tourists and medical tourists are now able to enter Israel without the need for special permission, provided that they are fully vaccinated.

As of January 9, 2022, vaccinated and recovered non-Israeli tourists from all countries are allowed to enter Israel. The government has decided to lift the travel ban and open the skies fully. Israeli citizens may travel to all countries that allow them in.

Israel’s Tourism Ministry has launched a new website dedicated to keeping tourists updated with the latest COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions set by the Israeli government.

All arrivals to Israel must take a PCR test at the airport. Then they must quarantine for 24 hours or until they receive a negative result from the PCR test. The results arrive usually in less than 24 hours.

Non-vaccinated Israeli citizens returning from travel will take a PCR test at the airport. Then they must quarantine for 14 days. After 7 days, after receiving a negative result on an additional PCR test, they may be released from quarantine.

Medical tourism pre pandemic was estimated to have up to 30,000 inbound medical tourists a year, but no evidence was ever produced so some experts argued that reality was only a fraction of this.

After a record year for incoming tourism to Israel in 2019 with 4.5 million tourists, the abrupt closure of all incoming tourism after the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020 caused the number of incoming tourists to plunge to 832,500 in 2020. In 2021, the number of incoming tourists was even lower than the previous year at 401,500. If there was any medical tourism in either year, the numbers would have been very small.