Israel Safe Travel Protocol

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ONLY FOR INCOMING TOURISM

New travel procedure to Israel


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Q & A - Smile Service at the Ben Gurion Airport (Update: 20 Nov 2021)

  1. Question: Where does the "Smile" Daily meet the tourists on arrival to the country?
    Answer: At the gate of the plane.

  2. Question: Does the service include escort for corona tests at Ben Gurion Airport?
    Answer: Yes. Accompaniment includes a meeting at the airplane gate and accompaniment throughout the passport control process, baggage collection and corona inspections (excluding payment for inspections) until the group is handed over to the company representative at the exit of the entrance hall.

  3. Question: How do I order a porters service for a group?
    Answer: The service can be ordered through the "Smile" ordering site at a cost of $ 6. Payment is made directly to cashiers or pre-purchased vouchers. Loading / unloading a minibus - 110 NIS, bus - 180 NIS.

  4. Question: Is it possible to add a conveyance service from the conveyor belt?
    Answer: Yes. There is a port service from the conveyor belt to the bus (not including loading for the bus). The cost of the service is NIS 100 for every 10 suitcases. Payment will be made directly to the porters in cash or vouchers purchased in advance.

  5. Question: Is the "Smile" service on departure is to the plane gate as on arrival?
    Answer: No. Upon leaving the country, the service includes a meeting with the group at Gate 32, escort for tax refunds (if necessary), security and check-in only.

  6. Question: Where are the buses waiting for groups arriving to Israel?
    Answer: On the ground floor (landings), in front of Gate 01.

  7. Question: Can a company representative enter the lobby to meet the group?
    Answer: It is not possible to enter to meet the group in the arrival hall, the meeting with the group will be at Gate 02 or 03 immediately after the corona tests.

  8. Question: How do I book Corona insurance for tourists?
    Answer: Corona insurance for tourists can be ordered on the "Smile" booking website. An explanation of this can be found on the Bureau`s website in the Corona Insurance tab for tourists.

  9. Question: What is the cost of insurance and is the rate per day?
    Answer: The cost of insurance is $ 6.09 per tourist excluding VAT. The rate is for the entire period in the country up to 28 days for a minimum of 5 tourists.

  10. Question: How long before the flight should a PCR test be arranged before the tourists leave the country?
    Answer: 48-72 hours before the flight date.

  11. Question: How long will it take to get PCR results?
    Answer: Up to 24 hours from the moment the tests arrive at the laboratory.

  12. Question: Where is the price list of PCR tests?
    Answer: On the bureau`s website, under the Corona Testing tab for tourists, you can find the price list in Hebrew and English.

  13. Question: Is the addition to the district in the price list per person or group?
    Answer: Extra arrival is one-time and for the whole group.

  14. Question: How do I calculate the price for a PCR test in a price list?
    Answer: The last page has a final calculation (excluding VAT) according to the number of tests and division into regions in the country.

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OUTLINE FOR ALLOWING TOURISTS WHO ARE NOT DEFINED AS VACCINATED OR RECOVERED TO ENTER ISRAEL(Update: 14 November 2021)

Objective
The objective of this procedure is to govern entry into Israel of groups of tourists, including tourists who are not defined as vaccinated or as recovered.The quota of the number of tourists who can enter Israel each day according to this outline is 2,000 tourists who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO, according to the manufacturer`s full minimum protocol, in accordance with Appendix A, and more than 6 months have passed since receiving the last vaccine.
The provisions of this procedure do not detract from the procedures of the Population and Immigration Authority under section 6 of the Entry into Israel Law, including with respect to entering and visiting Israel, the arrival of tourists in groups through agents and more.
For the avoidance of doubt - the State of Israel has no financial responsibility towards a tourist who, as a result of the provisions of this procedure, was required to pay beyond the original cost of the trip, or towards an agent who, as a result of the procedure, has incurred expenses beyond the planned expenses.


1. Definitions

1.1."Protected Tourist": A tourist who has been vaccinated in accordance with the provisions of the Director`s provisions that define "recovered".
1.2. "Vaccinated Tourist": A tourist who meets all the terms set forth below:
1.2.1. The tourist was vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO, according to the full minimum protocol of the manufacturer in accordance the provisions of Appendix A, and more than 6 months have passed since receiving the last vaccine dose.
1.2.2. The tourist stayed in yellow countries only during the 14 days prior to his arrival in Israel, and also entered Israel via Ben Gurion Airport. To the extent that Ramon Airport in Eilat is prepared for performing PCR tests, and to the extent that a decision is made of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Interior and the Airports Authority in the matter, entry will be possible also through this airport.
1.3. "Incoming Travel Agent" or the "Agent": An agent as defined in the Home Quarantine Order.
1.4. "Group of Tourists": An organized group of vaccinated tourists that the Ministry of Tourism recommended to approve its arrival in Israel, consisting of 5 to 40 people who do not have Israeli citizenship.
1.5. "Recommending Entity": An employee of the Ministry of Tourism who has been appointed by the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism to make recommendations pursuant to this procedure.
1.6. "Hotel": A tourist accommodations facility that includes at least 11 accommodation units, designed to provide to unspecified and altering guests, lodging services and related services, for consideration and for limited and short periods of time.
1.7. "Guest Rooms": A tourist accommodation facility with no more than 10 accommodation units, in the rural or municipal sector, which relies for providing a service on an adjoining residence or other service layout, in which they provide or offer to provide, for consideration, lodging services for accommodation and leisure, for a limited period of time.
1.8. "Accommodation Unit": A unit used for accommodations and leisure which has at least one room with a bed, a bathroom and a toilet.
1.9. "Application for Registration of a Group of Tourists": An application submitted by an incoming travel agent for the approval of a group of tourists subject to the terms listed in this procedure, on the website of the Ministry of Tourism. The application will include a list of invitees and additional details as stated in the digital application form published on the website of the Ministry of Tourism.
1.10. "Tour Guide": A holder of a travel guide license as stated in the Tourism Services Regulations (Travel Guides), 5727-1967, provided that his license is valid, or a Palestinian guide according to the Paris Agreements.
1.11. "Activity Restriction Regulations": Regulations of Special Powers for Addressing the New Coronavirus (Temporary Order) (Restrictions of Activities of a Public or Business Place and Other Provisions), 5781- 2021, or regulations that will replace these regulations and which are in force at that time.
1.12. The "Entry into Israel Law" - The Entry into Israel Law, 5712- 1952.
1.13. The "Aviation Regulations": Regulations of Special Powers for Addressing the New Coronavirus (Temporary Order) (Restriction Regulations on the Operation of Airports and Flights), 5780-2020, or regulations that will replace these regulations and which will be in force at that time.
1.14. The "Testing Regulations": Regulations of Special Powers for Addressing the New Coronavirus (Temporary Order) (Obligation to Perform a Test upon Entry into Israel), 5781- 2021, or regulations that will replace these regulations and which will be in force at that time.
1.15. "Home Quarantine Order": the Public Health Order (New Coronavirus) (Home Quarantine Order and Various Provisions) (Temporary Order), 5780-2020, or another order that will replace it and that will be in force at that time.
1.16. "Regulations Restricting Departure from Israel": Regulations of Special Powers for Addressing the New Coronavirus (Temporary Order) (Restrictions on Departing Israel), 5781- 2021, or other regulations that will replace them these regulations and which will be in force at that time.
1.17. PCR Test: In accordance with the definition in the Public Health Order (the New Coronavirus) (Home Quarantine and Various Provisions) (Temporary Order), 5780-2020.
1.18. "Immediate COVID-19 Test": In accordance with the definition in the Public Health Order (the New Coronavirus) (Home Quarantine and Various Provisions) (Temporary Order), 5780-2020 (COVID-19 Test the Results of which are Obtained Immediately, in lieu of Performing the Test, which is Performed according to Public Health Regulations (Sampling and Performing COVID-19 Tests), 5781-2021).
1.19. Valid Negative Test: As defined in section 2 (d5) of the Home Quarantine Order: (a) A negative result in a PCR test taken in Israel no more than 72 hours beforehand, or (b) if 24 hours have passed from the time of his entry into Israel, a negative result of an immediate COVID-19 test taken in Israel no more than 24 hours beforehand.
1.20. Yellow Country: A country that the Director General of the Ministry of Health has announced is at low risk, and in accordance with the Population and Immigration Authority entry will be permitted of vaccinated tourists into Israel who have stayed in a yellow country during the 14 days prior to their arrival to Israel.
1.21. "Quarantine Period" 14 days from the date of entry into Israel or until a negative result is obtained in a PCR test taken starting from the 7th day of quarantine.


2. Threshold Conditions for Permitting the Entry of a Group of Tourists into Israel
2.1. Without derogating from the provisions of any law, the Population and Immigration Authority will not permit the entry of a group of tourists into Israel, and the Recommending Entity in the Ministry of Tourism will not recommend permitting a group of tourists to enter Israel, except subject to the following conditions.
2.2. The recommendation of the Recommending Entity from the Ministry of Tourism to permit the entry of a group of tourists in accordance with the provisions of this procedure, including the absence of a deviation from the maximum daily quota of 2,000 unprotected tourists, and the group being from a country where according to the position of the Director General of Health or his representative there would be no public health concern associated with the entry of tourist groups into Israel from this country, and it is defined as a yellow country, and each tourist in the group meets the definition of a vaccinated tourist or a protected tourist as set forth in this procedure.
2.3. The permission given to a group will be conditional, and valid only as long as the country of origin of the group is defined as a yellow country. The agent is responsible for checking the website of the Ministry of Health a week before the group arrives to Israel if the country is expected to be defined as yellow at the time the group enters Israel. If not, the group will not be able to enter Israel. A group from a non-yellow country that lands in Israel despite the provisions of this section will not be able to enter Israel, and it will board the next outbound flight to their country of origin. Final permission for the group will be given a week in advance before the group arrives to Israel. The Ministry of Tourism is responsible for ascertaining those agents are familiar with these provisions.
2.4. The undertaking of an incoming travel agent who organizes a group of tourists to comply with the provisions of this procedure, including cases and responses set forth in Appendix B, shall be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism.
2.5. All members of the group that shall arrive in Israel will be vaccinated or protected tourists and possess a negative PCR test that will be taken during the 72 hours before the plane on which the group is to arrive in Israel takes off in accordance with the Aviation Regulations.
2.6. Each member of the group who will arrive in Israel has purchased an insurance policy that explicitly covers medical treatment for contracting COVID-19.
2.7. The agent will have in his possession the full contact details of the tourists, driver and the travel guide of the group, in Israel and abroad, including cell phone numbers, emails and addresses abroad, and copies of the vaccination certificates of all members of the group, the guides and drivers.
2.8. The agent is responsible for obtaining the prior consent of the group members to contact them after visiting Israel, for health needs and to transfer information about each tourist, guide, escort or driver to the Ministry of Health for an epidemiological investigation (or to the Ministry of Tourism for assistance in conducting an epidemiological investigation), if necessary and he will undertake to pass on this information, if required.
2.9. Furthermore the agent will receive in advance the consent and undertaking of all members of the group who are vaccinated tourists as stated in section 2 (d5) of the Home Quarantine Order not to leave the place of quarantine during the quarantine period without having a valid negative test, and clarify to them the significance and consequences of refusing to be tested at the required times, or of a positive result of a test as stated in sections 5A (2) (a) and (d) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
2.10. The agent will receive in advance the consent and the undertaking of all members of the group to comply with the terms of entry and visiting in Israel, including their undertaking not to leave the accommodations complex without the accompaniment of a guide as stated in sections 5A (2) (b) and (c), and not to visit the places as stated in section 5A (3) of the Activity Restriction Regulations. The agent will clarify to the members of the group the significance and consequences of leaving the accommodations complex without the accompaniment of the guide or visiting the places mentioned in this section.
2.11. The Ministry of Tourism will operate an Operations Center 24/7 in order to provide a real-time response to issues arising from implementing this outline.
2.12. As stated in section 5A (1) (a) of the Activity Restriction Regulations, the agent will assign a guide and driver or up to two guides and drivers for each group, all of whom have certificates of vaccination or of recovery as defined in the Activity Restriction Regulations, and they will accompany the group throughout the visit in Israel from the moment they land until they depart the country back to their country, except when the group is staying in the accommodation complex.
2.13. The size of the group shall not exceed the number permitted for gatherings in an open area, in accordance with the Activity Restriction Regulations. When visiting closed places, the group will split up according to the number allowed to gather in closed places in accordance with the Activity Restriction Regulations.
2.14. The travel agent will submit for examination and approval of the Recommending Entity an activity plan for the duration of the tourists` visit in Israel, which includes the hours during which the activity is expected to take place, and the planned testing dates of the vaccinated tourists, as set forth in this procedure.
2.15. The Population and Immigration Authority may not approve an agent`s request to invite a group of tourists if it has been informed by officials from the Ministry of Tourism or the Ministry of Health that the agent, driver, guide and previous group of tourists who came to Israel through this agent did not comply with the provisions of this procedure, and the obligations that apply to them by virtue of the Activity Restriction Regulations or the terms of visiting Israel that were determined for them all by virtue of its authority according to the Entry into Israel Law.
2.16. The Population and Immigration Authority may not permit the entry of a tourist even on grounds that during his previous visit he violated the terms of entry or visiting Israel determined for him or he did not comply with the terms of this procedure, whether the previous violation occurred in the framework of a group or individually, and this is by virtue of its authority according to the Entry into Israel Law.
2.17. The Ministry of Tourism will provide to the Population Authority information on tourists who did not comply with the terms of the outline or violated them, so that the Population Authority can act as described above.

3. Mechanism
3.1. Submission of an Application for the Approval of a Group of Tourists to the Recommending Entity at the Ministry of Tourism:
3.1.1. The agent will be entitled to submit an application on the website of the Ministry of Tourism for the registration of a group of vaccinated tourists for the purpose of hosting them in Israel.
3.1.2. The application must be submitted at least 14 days before the date of the group`s arrival in Israel. The application will be submitted on a designated form on the website of the Ministry of Tourism (see the application form in Appendix B).
3.2. Recommendation of the Recommending Entity in the Ministry of Tourism to approve the group by the Population Authority:
3.2.1. The Ministry of Tourism will submit to the Population and Immigration Authority recommendations to approve groups of tourists in accordance with this procedure, and it will not recommend the approval of a group of tourists contrary to the provisions in this procedure.
3.2.2. The Ministry of Tourism will not recommend the approval of more groups than the maximum quota set by the Director General of the Ministry of Health or his representative, nor will it recommend the arrival of a group of tourists from a country that according to the position of the Director General of the Ministry of Health or his representative there is a public health concern associated with a group of tourists entering Israel from that county including from any country that is not defined as yellow.
3.2.3. The Recommending Entity in the Ministry of Tourism will not recommend the approval of a group if he has individually checked that all group members meet the definition of "vaccinated tourist" or "protected tourist", and that all vaccinated tourists have agreed and undertaken as set forth in section 3 of the procedure.
3.2.4. The Recommending Entity in the Ministry of Tourism will not recommend approving a group without examining the group`s activity plan in Israel and confirming that it complies with the provisions of this procedure, including that the testing dates set will most likely allow the members of the group to hold until the end of the quarantine period a valid test for leaving quarantine, that all types of the activities are allowed, that there is no time for free roaming around outside the accommodation complex, and that crowded tourist sites such as markets will not be visited during busy times.
3.2.5. The days for the Recommending Entity to handle the application shall be counted from the date of submission of all the documents required for processing the application until receipt of the required approvals and it will be no more than 3 business days. The Ministry of Tourism will forward the application with its recommendation to the Population and Immigration Authority.
3.2.6. Each application will be submitted individually for one group only.
3.2.7. The Recommending Entity shall examine the conduct of previous groups that have come to Israel through this agent, and he shall not recommend approval of a group of tourists of an agent who has not complied with the provisions of this procedure in previous cases, or the approval of a tourist who has not complied with the provisions of this procedure.
3.2.8. A negative recommendation will be explained and sent to the agent who submitted the application.
3.2.9. An agent whose application has been rejected by the Ministry of Tourism may request that the application be reconsidered by the Ministry of Tourism, as follows:
3.2.9.1. An agent who believes that an error has been made in the factual determinations or that there was an error the discretion of the Recommending Entity, may submit to the Recommending Entity a request for reconsideration of application, within 15 days from the date of receipt of the notice of the rejection of the application.
3.2.9.2. The Recommending Entity will consider the request for reconsideration and will respond to the applicant within 3 business days.
3.2.10. The Ministry of Tourism will transmit, once a day, in a computerized file in a manner compatible with the Population and Immigration Authority, the list of the passenger details in applications that have received its positive recommendation to the Population and Immigration Authority.
3.2.11. The Population and Immigration Authority will examine the application in accordance with its authorities, and if it has not found an impediment to this, it will issue entry permits to Israel for the group and send them to the agent.
3.2.12. In the event that the Population and Immigration Authority refused the entry of the group or any of its participants, the Authority will update both the agent and the Ministry of Tourism. The agent will transfer the permits to the passengers in the group before they arrive in the country.
3.2.13. To the extent that permission is granted for the entry of the group of tourists into Israel and before its actual entry, the country from which the group is entering was defined as a non-yellow country, on the seventh day after publication of the notice about this, the Ministry of Population and Immigration will cancel the approvals given for entry of the group of tourists into Israel according to this procedure and it will notify the agent of this immediately. The Ministry of Tourism will monitor these countries and update the Population and Immigration Authority about countries that are no longer on the list of yellow countries and groups that can no longer enter the country due to this.
3.2.14. In any case not as stated in section 4.2.11, in which after permission has been granted for the entry of a group of tourists into Israel, public health concerns will arise due to the entry of the group of tourists from that country, in accordance with an explained request of a representative of the Ministry of Health which is substantiated by facts, the Ministry of Population and Immigration will consider canceling the entry permits to the extent that they have not yet been realized, provided that the date of entry into Israel is more than 48 hours before the cancellation. This is except if this is a case of an emergency and real danger of the entry of morbidity, in which case it will be possible to cancel the entry permit of the group even at a later date. Notice of such decision shall be given immediately to the agent and to the Ministry of Tourism.

4. Terms of Visit of a Group of Tourists in Israel.
4.1. The Population and Immigration Authority will determine that compliance with the provisions of section 2 (d5) of the Home Quarantine Order, and compliance with the conditions of this procedure, will constitute terms of the visit of the group of tourists in Israel.
4.2. The group`s guide and driver will carry a mobile phone with a connection to a cellular network during the entire time of the group`s visit to Israel, and he will ensure that it is sufficiently charged at all times.
4.3. The agent will purchase all types of services from providers who, to the best of his knowledge, comply with the provisions of the Activity Restriction Regulations, and for the purpose of performing antigen or PCR tests the Public Health Regulations (Sampling and Performing COVID-19 Tests).
4.4. Throughout the visit, the group will be accompanied by up to two guides and drivers with a certificate of vaccination or recovery issued by the Ministry of Health. The guide and the driver will stay together with the group throughout the entire visit to Israel, except for accommodations in accordance with section 5A (1) (a) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.5. The agent shall do everything possible so that the members of the group comply with the provisions applicable to them, including the obligation to wear a mask as stated in section 5A (2) (e) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.6. As stated in section 5A (6) of the Activity Restriction Regulations, throughout the entire visit the agent must maintain an accurate record that includes the hours and places of the visit of the entire group. The agent must keep the record for a period of 20 days after the end of the group`s visit to Israel, and provide these details to the Ministry of Health or any authorized body on behalf of the State to conduct epidemiological investigations, immediately upon receipt of a request.
4.7. The agent will inform the members of the group that throughout the visit to Israel, the members of the group will be together "in a pod" and will not have close contact with other parties as stated in section 5A (2) (b). Even in the accommodation complex, group members will not be in close contact with anyone who is not a member of the group or provides services to the group (for example, they will not be with other guests, or acquaintances from Israel who are not guests).
4.8. Tests:
4.8.1. The vaccinated tourists must hold a valid negative test at all times during the quarantine period. After the end of the quarantine period, a valid negative test is required only in order to enter places operating under the green pass as set forth in section 2 (a5) of the Activity Restriction Regulations. Tourists will transfer the test results to the agent and guide at their request.
4.8.2. All members of the group who are required to be tested will be tested uniformly, with the same type of test and at the same times.
4.8.3. The agent will instruct the guide to be present when performing the test daily, to photograph and save the test result along with the name of the tourist and the date of the test.
4.8.4. The agent shall submit to the Ministry of Tourism signed statements at the relevant times (daily in a group sampled by immediate tests or once every 72 hours in a group sampled by PCR tests) that all group members were sampled as required and received negative results as stated in Section 5A (7) of the Restrictions of Activities Law. The agent will keep the photographs of the test results up to 7 days after the group leaves Israel.
4.8.5. A vaccinated tourist will be able to enter places that require a "green pass" set forth in section 2 (a5) of the Restrictions of Activities Law by a negative result in an immediate COVID-19 test taken during the last 24 hours or a negative result in a PCR test taken during the last 72 hours. For the latter, the agent will issue a group permit through the Ministry of Tourism for each person whose name and passport number appears in the permit issued by the Ministry of Tourism and in accordance with the validity indicated on the permit (hereinafter in this section only: the "Document"):
4.8.5.1. The Document will include a name list of all members of the group and passport numbers.
4.8.5.2. The document will include the date and time it came into force and the date and time it expires.
4.8.5.3. A new document will be issued once every three days for the group sampled by a PCR test every 72 hours - it will be valid for 72 hours from the time of the test only, and it will be issued only after receiving a signed statement from the group guide or the agent that all members of the group were sampled and received a negative PCR test result.
4.8.5.4. The document will be forwarded to the group`s guide only and it will be presented by him at the entrance to any place operating under the green pass restrictions.
4.8.5.5. The document will be valid only upon presentation of identity cards of all members of the group and verification of their identity.
4.8.6. If a vaccinated tourist has not performed a test as required in section 5.8.1 during the quarantine period, he will enter quarantine as set forth in section 9 of this procedure, and will be deported from Israel at the end of the quarantine period.
4.8.7. A tourist who received a positive result in an immediate COVID-19 test or PCR test - must be quarantined under sections 1 and 2 (a) of the Home Quarantine Order, and he will act in accordance with the order and in particular in accordance the provisions of section 2 (c4) of the order, and in accordance with the provisions of section 9.
4.9. Hotel and/or Guest Rooms:
4.9.1. As long as the group`s first accommodation complex will be a hotel, their admission into the hotel will be based on the result of a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before arrival in Israel.
4.9.2. As stated in regulation 5A (5) when booking the accommodation complex, the agent will inform the operator of the accommodation complex that it is a group of tourists, and he will ask him to assign to the members of a group a separate area of accommodations and to allocate a separate eating area for them in the dining room; The agent will not enter into a contractual engagement with an accommodation complex operator who has not agreed to such a request.
4.9.3. The agent will ensure that the group will lodge exclusively in an accommodation complex which to the best of its knowledge operates in accordance with the provisions of the regulations.
4.9.4. The agent will ensure that the group will perform a check-in and check-out process at a designated and separate counter assigned by the accommodation complex for this purpose, and it will only serve the members of the group during the check-in and check- out process.
4.9.5. If the group eats in the accommodation complex, a separate and isolated area will be defined for it from the other guests of the complex. The area may be within the dining rooms of the accommodation complex or in another designated room to be allocated by the accommodation complex for that purpose as stated in section 5A (5) (b) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.9.6. The agent will ascertain that the accommodation complex allocates rooms for the group in a defined area / wing, with the group`s rooms clearly separated from the rooms of the other guests in the accommodation complex as stated in section 5A (5) (a) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.10. Transportation
4.10.1. The agent will ensure that the group travels on a designated bus that will be used only by the group members for the duration of their visit in Israel as stated in section 5A (5) (c) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.10.2. The agent will arrange for the presence of disinfectant in the designated bus for all members of the group during the entire period of their visit in Israel.
4.10.3. The agent will verify that the bus interior is thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.
4.11. Tourist Attractions
4.11.1. The agent will coordinate in advance the group`s visiting hours at the tourist sites, in order to avoid interaction with other visitors. The group will not visit closed tourist sites and crowded tourist sites during busy times when the arrival to them cannot be arranged in advance so that it will not be crowded as stated in section 5A (4) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.12. Restaurants
4.12.1. When coordinating the group`s arrival at a restaurant, the agent will ask the restaurant operator to assign a separate eating area for the members of the group; The agent shall not order services from a restaurant operator who has not consented to such a request, as stated in section 5A (5) (b) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.12.2. The group will eat only in restaurants which, as far as the agent knows, comply with the provisions of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.13. Shopping
4.13.1. The agent will coordinate as much as possible the group`s arrival in shops in advance with each shop, in order to avoid interaction with other visitors.
4.13.2. The Ministry of Tourism will not approve a plan unless the group`s visits to malls, markets and other crowded shopping complexes are planned only on weekdays and at hours when it is not busy.
4.14. Free Time Members of the group shall not go around freely outside the area available to them at the place of the accommodations which is not in the framework of the group`s activities and accompaniment of the driver or the guide as stated in section 5A (2) (c) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
4.15. Prohibited Activities and Restrictions on Going Around Places where there is an Increased Risk of Infection:
4.15.1. Pursuant to Section 5A (3) of the Activity Restriction Regulations, group members are prohibited from visiting parties, nightclubs, cinemas and theaters, cultural events (including shows and performances), event halls and gardens, sporting events and any other mass event.
4.15.2. It is forbidden for group members to participate in private celebrations and events, which are attended by people other than the members of the group, even if they take place in the accommodation complex.
4.15.3. The agent must coordinate in advance any visit of the group to hotels, tourist sites, attractions, restaurants and any other closed place, and their visit in those places will be separate from the other guests.

5. In addition to the aforesaid, the agent is responsible for ascertaining that the group of tourists will comply with the provisions of any law, including:
5.1. Actions required before the arrival in Israel in accordance with the Aviation Regulations:
5.1.1. The agent shall ascertain that the tourist is familiar with all the provisions of this procedure and that the tourist is vaccinated or protected as defined in this procedure or recovering procedure.
5.1.2. During the 72 hours prior to the departure to Israel, the group members will take a PCR test. A negative result in this PCR test is a condition for boarding a flight to Israel.
5.1.3. During the 24 hours prior to the flight to Israel, members of the group will fill out a health declaration in an entry statement form on the Ministry of Health website and upload the details of the vaccination certificate and the certificate itself, indicating the agent`s Israeli cell phone number. Confirmation of filling out the health declaration also constitutes a condition for boarding a flight to Israel.
5.1.4. If the group member has a verifiable digital vaccination certificate in the systems of the Ministry of Health, he will scan the certificate when filling out the health declaration.
5.1.5. The group members who are vaccinated tourists will note the daily group code when filling out an entry statement form. It is the agent`s responsibility to provide the group members with the said code before filling out an entry statement form. The Ministry of Tourism will transmit the daily code to each agent on behalf of which a group of tourists is coming to Israel on that day.
5.2. Actions required when entering the country:
5.2.1. The members of the group will present the approval of the Population and Immigration Authority upon their entry into the State of Israel.
5.2.2. In accordance with the testing regulations, members of the group will perform a PCR test after landing in Israel and before leaving the airport. Execution of the test and payment of the passenger for it in advance will be a condition for his stay in Israel.
5.2.3. All members of the group will remain in quarantine until a negative answer is received in a PCR test performed when entering Israel or until 24 hours have passed from their arrival in Israel.
5.3. Actions required before leaving the country:
5.3.1.A group member who is a vaccinated tourist will perform a PCR test at his own expense during 72 hours before leaving Israel, as required by the Aviation Regulations.

6. The Responsibility of the Incoming Travel Agent who Organized the Group:
6.1. The agent shall ensure that the tourist is familiar with all the provisions of this procedure and that the tourist is vaccinated or protected.
6.2. The agent shall collect the copies of the vaccination certificates of all members of the group, examine them individually, and keep them with him until 20 days after their return to their country of origin.
6.3. The agent shall forward to the Recommending Entity in the Ministry of Tourism any document required of him in order to examine his recommendation to approve the group.
6.4. The agent will ascertain that the tourist knows the terms of entry and visiting in Israel and he will sign the tourist on a consent form and undertaking detailing the terms of entry and visiting Israel in Appendix C (download new normal document). The signed form will be uploaded to the website of the Ministry of Tourism on the application form.
6.5. The agent will sign the members of the group before entering the country of their consent to transfer the relevant details to the government ministries in Israel to the extent that these are required in the framework of epidemiological investigations. Furthermore, the agent will sign the members of the group on a consent to stay in a hospital hotel at their expense in the event that they are found to be positive for COVID-19.
6.6. The agent shall ascertain entry into quarantine and compliance with the terms of staying in quarantine in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and this procedure.
6.7. Before admitting groups of tourists in the accommodation complex, the agent will ascertain with the management of the accommodation complex that the facilities of the complex are suitable for the quarantine of tourists in it even after receiving a negative result in the first test performed in Israel, to the extent required.
6.8. The agent will update the accommodation complex regarding the rooms where the ill tourists or those who are required to be in quarantine are staying even if this quarantine is required until a negative answer is obtained in the PCR test. The agent will update the accommodation complex immediately regarding any change in the health status of the members of the group, so that the accommodation complex will know at any moment whether the tourist must quarantine in his room or he can roam freely in areas assigned to the group in the accommodation complex. The agent will inform the accommodation complexes that host the tourist groups of all the relevant provisions for the visit of the tourists in Israel which are prescribed in this procedure.
6.9. The agent shall report to the Operations Center of the Ministry of Tourism of any tourist with symptoms of COVID-19 or a tourist positive for COVID-19, a tourist who was not tested, a tourist who violated the terms for leaving quarantine according to section 2 (d5) of the order, as stated in regulation 5A (8) of the Activity Restriction Regulations.
6.10. In accordance with the provisions of the Public Health Ordinance, 1940, the agent shall assist in the epidemiological investigation, if he is required to do so.

7. Responsibility of Operations Center of the Ministry of Tourism after the group`s approval:
7.1. The Ministry of Tourism will operate a Operations Center to deal with issues arising from the arrival of tourist groups in Israel in the framework of this procedure. The Ministry of Tourism will monitor compliance with the Activity Restriction Regulations, the Home Quarantine Order, and this procedure before the group arrives in Israel, and during its stay in Israel. Telephone for contacting the Operations Center: 050-6214239. It will coordinate the information and reports from the incoming travel agents who organized the groups and ascertain that he receives signed statements from the agent at the relevant times (daily in the group sampled by immediate tests or
7.2. He will forward a report of any event of a violation of the law in Israel or a violation of the terms of entry into Israel according to this procedure, to the Population and Immigration Authority or to the Israel Police or the Ministry of Health, in accordance with the type of violation. Furthermore, he will provide to the Recommending Entity at the Ministry of Tourism with information regarding agents and tourists who have not complied with the provisions of this procedure. In accordance with reports of tourist violations as mentioned, or reports of violations that will reach the Population and Immigration Authority from another source, the Population and Immigration Authority will consider refusing entry of that tourist to Israel for a period of time in accordance with its discretion and recommendations that it will transfer to the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Tourism will transfer to that same tourist through the agent or guide of the group a written notice on behalf of the Population and Immigration Authority stating that his future entry into Israel may be refused due to a violation he committed and that he may submit written arguments in this matter the that will be forwarded through the agent or the Ministry of Tourism for the decision of the Population Authority.
7.3. He will assist the Ministry of Health in the framework of the epidemiological investigation, to the extent he is required to do so, subject to the provisions of any law.

8. Cases and Responses
8.1. First Scenario – A tourist with symptoms or an unprotected tourist who was exposed to a COVID-19 patient
8.1.1. Such a tourist shall report this to the travel agent immediately, and he will go into quarantine immediately in accordance with the provisions of the Home Quarantine Order.
8.1.2. The agent will make sure to report to the Operations Center of the Ministry of Tourism immediately as well as to the place of accommodations where the tourist is staying.
8.1.3. An unprotected tourist who is exposed to a COVID-19 patient shall carry out the quarantine in a place suitable for quarantine as stated in the Home Quarantine Order.
8.1.4. It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Tourism to ascertain, according to a report received from the agent or from the group guide, that when group members go into quarantine due to contact with a verified COVID-19 patient, the hotel where they are staying is able to provide them with the quarantine conditions as required. To the extent that it finds that the members of the group do not have a proper place for quarantine or the ability to maintain quarantine procedures of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism will immediately notify the authorized party in the Ministry of Health.
8.1.5. To the extent that the tourist is unable to carry out the quarantine in a place suitable for quarantine, he will be required to carry out the quarantine at his own expense instead of quarantine on behalf of the State.
8.1.6. A tourist without a proper place of quarantine who refuses to move to a place of quarantine on behalf of the State in contravention to the order of a district physician will be transferred to the care of a district physician and the Israel Police in accordance with section 22D and section 22K (b) of the Law of Special Powers for Addressing the New Coronavirus (Temporary Order) 5780 – 2020. In addition, following a violation of this term the Population Authority will consider not approving again the entry of a tourist into Israel as mentioned for a period to be determined.
8.1.7. If the quarantine takes place in the hotel, the agent will make sure that the quarantined tourist is accommodated in a room where at least the two adjacent rooms will not accommodate guests. The agent will make sure to inform the hotel staff that a person needing quarantine is in quarantine in the hotel. It is emphasized that there is preference to carry out quarantine of the tourist in a rented apartment or holiday unit and not in a hotel.
8.1.8. Transferring a person that needs to be quarantined from one place of quarantine to another will take place after receiving permission for this from the Voice of Health (*5400).
8.1.9. For receiving care and instructions the tourist must contact the Bikur Rofe Company at telephone *6101 * or by email coronaproject@bikurofe.co.il
8.1.10. For the avoidance of doubt, the agent will be responsible for carrying out the quarantine and the quarantine will be at the expense of the tourist.
8.2. Second Scenario – A tourist verified as having COVID-19 or a tourist with a positive result in an immediate test
8.2.1. A tourist who receives a positive result in a PCR test will immediately go into quarantine in accordance with what is stated in the Home Quarantine Order.
8.2.2. The agent will make sure to report to the Operations Center of the Ministry of Tourism immediately.
8.2.3. A tourist verified as having COVID-19 must go into quarantine in a hospital hotel at his own expense, and if such a hotel is not available, he shall go into quarantine in a rented apartment in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health until a recovery certificate is received.
8.2.4. Transferring a person that needs to be quarantined from one place of quarantine to another will take place after receiving permission for this from the Voice of Health (*5400).
8.2.5. A tourist who refuses to transfer will be transferred to the care of a district physician and the Israel Police in accordance with section 22D and section 22K (b) of the Law of Special Powers to Deal with the New Coronavirus (Temporary Order), 5780- 2020. Furthermore, the Population Authority will consider following a violation of this term of stay not approving again the entry of a tourist into Israel as mentioned for a period to be determined.
8.2.6. For receiving care and a recovery certificate, and instructions the tourist must contact the Bikur Rofe Company at telephone *6101 * or by email coronaproject@bikurofe.co.il
8.2.7. For the avoidance of doubt, the agent will be responsible for carrying out the quarantine and the quarantine will be at the expense of the tourist.
8.3. Third Scenario- A vaccinated tourist (unprotected) who did not take a test
8.3.1. The agent will immediately report to the Operations Center of the Ministry of Tourism any tourist who was required to be tested and did not take a test.
8.3.2. The Ministry of Tourism will forward the information to the Ministry of Health and the Israel Police so that enforcement can be carried out of the quarantine that he is required to be in.
8.3.3. If a vaccinated (unprotected) tourist has not taken a test as required in section 5.8.1 during the quarantine period, he will go into quarantine in accordance with a Home Quarantine Order, and he will be deported from Israel at the end of the quarantine.
8.3.4. The Population Authority will consider not approving the entry of such a tourist into Israel for a number of years.
8.4. Fourth Scenario – Breach of Quarantine
8.4.1. A tourist who breached quarantine (whether he breached quarantine that he went into due to contact with a verified patient or he failed to take a test), in addition to the fine for breaching quarantine, will be deported from Israel at the end of the quarantine period, and will not be able to enter Israel for several years.
8.4.2. The Operations Center of the Ministry of Tourism which has learned that that tourist left the accommodation complex unaccompanied by a guide in violation of section 2 (d5) of the Order, a written notice on behalf of the Director General of the Ministry of Health, through the agent or guide, that due to this breach he is required to stay in quarantine according to the Home Quarantine Order, and he is not entitled to leave quarantine even if he takes a negative test.
8.5. Fifth Scenario – Presenting a Forged Document
8.5.1. A tourist who presented a forged document, whether it is a vaccination certificate or the result of a PCR test, and used it in order to enter Israel, will be handled in accordance with the powers of the Population Authority according to the Entry into Israel Law, and the taking of steps will be considered including license revocation, expulsion from Israel and refusal of entry into Israel in the future for several years.
8.5.2. A tourist who presented a forged document and tried to use it in order to enter Israel, even if he did not succeed, will be subject to the same consequences.


Appendix A – Threshold Terms for the Entry of a Tourist in a Group who does not meet the Definition of a Vaccinated/ Recovered Person in Israel – Vaccines against COVID-19 approved by the World Health Organization and the vaccination protocol approved according to them in accordance with the manufacturer`s instructions

Manufacturer Vaccine Type of vaccine Number of doses in the base plan Minimal interval between the first and second dose*
1 Pfizer BNT162bq2 mRNA 2 21 days between the first and second dose.
2 Moderna mRNA-1273 mRNA 2 28 days between the first and second dose.
3 Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Ad26.COV2.S Viral vector 1
4 Astra- Zeneca AZD1222 Viral vector 2 4 weeks between the first and second dose.
5 Serum Institute of India Covishield Viral vector 2 4 weeks between the first and second dose.
6 Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV Inactivated 2 3 weeks between the first and second dose.
7 Sinovac CoronaVac Inactivated 2 14 days between the first and second dose.
*In the event of a smaller interval up to 4 days from the minimum interval required according to the table, the second dose will be counted as acceptable.


Appendix B – Application Form

Permit for hosting a group of vaccinated tourists from abroad to Israel - Application form for the Israeli travel agent hosting the group
Fill out the form that appears below online.

The application must be submitted at least 14 days before the date of the group`s arrival in Israel.
Please indicate on the subject: Application form for the Israeli travel agent hosting the group - (fill in the name of the hosting travel agent)


    Details of the hosting travel agent
  • Name of the Israeli travel agency
  • Identifying no. of the travel agency (company no./ non-profit organization/ authorized dealer)
  • Address in Israel of the travel agency (street, number, town)
  • Telephone of the travel agency

    Details of the contact person on behalf of the company in Israel
  • First name
  • Last name
  • ID no.
  • Position (CEO/ VP/ Authorized signatory)
  • Mobile phone.
    This number will serve as the contact address regarding this application
  • Email address
    This email address will serve as the contact address regarding this application

    Details of the guide accompanying the group in Israel
  • First name
  • Last name
  • ID no.
  • Mobile phone
    This number will serve as the contact address regarding this application
  • Email address
    This email address will serve as the contact address regarding this application

    Details of the driver accompanying the group in Israel/ contact person in the tour company
  • First name
  • Last name
  • ID no.
  • Name of the tour company
  • Mobile phone
    This number will serve as the contact address regarding this application
  • Email address
    This email address will serve as the contact address regarding this application

    Details of the group of tourists from abroad
  • Number of participants in the group of tourists
  • Details of each participant in the group of tourists that will include the following details:
    • First name (in English)
    • Last name (in English
    • Passport no.
    • Country of nationality in the passport (in English)
    • Date of birth
    • Country of origin
    • Countries where he stayed in the 14 days before entering Israel
    • Email
    • Israeli telephone no. (if existing)
    • Details of the flight/ flights of the guests in the group (round trip)
    • Certificate of vaccination including dates of vaccination.
    • Tourist`s statement (Appendix C to this procedure download new normal document)

    Details of the visit route
  • Dates of the visit in Israel from the moment of landing until the moment of takeoff.
  • Details of the accommodation complexes where the guests will lodge, and the visit sites planned for the entire day
  • Details of the points where the tests are taken for the group

    Agent`s statement
    Please carefully read the following statements and at their end please fill in your name and the date of filling in the form. When filling in your name you undertake that you have read and that you obligated by all the statements that appear below.
  • I declare that all the details that I have filled in on the form are correct. The purpose of the arrival of the group of tourists from abroad is to tour Israel as stated in this form.
  • I undertake to adhere to the instructions and guidelines of the outline for hosting groups of vaccinated and protected tourists while arranging the visit, during the visit and thereafter.
  • I undertake to inform all the participants of the group regarding all the health guidelines in Israel and the terms of the procedure including the terms of the quarantine obligation.
  • I undertake to collect all the "Tourist Statement" forms signed by each of the participants of the group and to keep them with me until all the participants of the group have left the borders of the State of Israel.
  • I undertake to collect copies of the vaccination certificates of all members of the group and to keep them with me until 20 days have passed after they have returned to their country of origin.
  • I undertake to ascertain that all members of the group have suitable medical insurance that also includes insurance coverage in the event of contracting COVID-19 during their stay in Israel.
  • I undertaking that all members of the group will fill in the incoming passenger statement form during the 24 hours before the incoming flight to Israel takes off.
  • I undertake to assign to the group licensed travel guides and drivers with a valid vaccination certificate or recovery certificate issued by the Ministry of Health who will accompany the group throughout the visit to Israel, from the moment of landing until takeoff back to their country except accommodations.
  • I undertake to update the Ministry of Tourism in this application form regarding the driver`s details as soon as I receive them from the tour company.
  • I undertake to manage an accurate record that includes the times and places of visit for the entire group. If required, I will provide this information to the Ministry of Health or to any authorized party on behalf of the State to conduct epidemiological investigations within 20 days of the end of the visit.
  • I undertake to report to the Operations Center at the Ministry of Tourism of every event in which one of the members of the group including the driver and guide develop one of the symptoms, or if one of the members of the group including drivers or guides are found positive in a PCR test or in an immediate COVID-19 test.
  • I undertake to monitor and control the group according to the instructions listed in the outline of hosting groups of tourists who are vaccinated and protected.
  • I undertake to pay all the costs of the quarantine in the event that patients are found that require quarantine, in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health.
  • I undertake to act in accordance with the cases and responses set forth in this procedure.
  • I undertake to obtain the written consent of all vaccinated members of the group to waive secrecy regarding the transfer of the results of the COVID-19 tests taken in Israel to the agent and to government ministries.
  • I undertake to obtain the written consent of all members of the group to transfer the details set forth in this form, as well as the copies of the vaccination certificates to the relevant government ministries in Israel, to the extent that these will be required as part of epidemiological investigations.
  • I undertake to report to the Ministry of Tourism on the taking an immediate COVID-19 test every 24 hours or PCR test every 72 hours by the vaccinated members of the group during the mandatory quarantine period during their stay in Israel
  • I am aware of the obligations imposed on me in Regulation 5A of the Activity Restriction Regulations, including the obligation of informing and reporting as set forth there. Documents and notices regarding this application will be sent to my email address or telephone number as provided in this form.
  • I will be the direct and continuous contact person during the days of the visit of the group of tourists from abroad vis-à-vis the authorized parties according to Law in the State of Israel.
  • I undertake to immediately update the Ministry of Tourism by the email address Mitve20@tourism.gov.il in respect to any change or update that will occur in one or more of the details that I provided in this application.
  • Full name
  • Date of filling in the form

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Q & A - New Travel Outline (Update: 06 November 2021)

Subject Question Answer
Visas to Israel How do visas for tourists fit in with the exceptional travel individual outline procedure? There is a separation between the two processes. The entry visa must be submitted and obtained in the country and then proceed with an exceptional travel individual outline procedure.
Responsibility of the tourism organizer - local travel agent What is the responsibility of the tourism organizer for the tourist who arrived with a green card and checks and during the trip it was discovered that the tourist was ill? If the tourist arrives with a group approval of an exceptional outline, the tourism organizer has signed documents submitted to the Ministry of Tourism under thev responsibility of the tourist insurance. If the tourist arrives in individual outlines the responsibility is on the tourist.
PCR tests What is the procedure after a PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport? The tourist goes into isolation until a negative result is obtained or for 24 hours. The earliest of them.
PCR tests Should the PCR test result be scanned before arriving in Israel or shown in the field before takeoff? Scan and go to the Ministry of Health website at: https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/
Isolation Is it possible to perform insolation in any hotel / apartment while waiting for the PCR answer made on landing in Israel. Yes. Also in Bethlehem.
Isolation After exposure to a verified patient, must the isolation be at the Corona Hotel? The verified must be in isolation at the Corona Hotel. The rest of the group may be in isolation at a hotel that is not intended for Corona patients.
Isolation When can you be released from isolation upon arrival in Israel? Once received a PCR test answer or 24 hours, whichever is earlier.
Isolation What happens to children or parents who have been found verified and have to enter a Corona hotel? The Ministry of Tourism raised the issue in a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health. The subject will be considered and an answer will be received.
Insurance Does the outline require corona insurance? In the Outline the insurance is mentioned as a mandatory clause.
Requirements for entry into Israel for a fully vaccinated tourist (booster or vaccine under 180 days from the date of departure from Israel) What are the requirements for a vaccinated tourist coming to Israel? PCR test 72 hours before entering Israel. Fill out a health declaration on the website of the Ministry of Health 48 hours before the flight and receive a green badge. When landing in Israel, a PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport and entering isolation until a response is received or 24 hours (whichever is earlier). Ministry of Health website: https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/
Submitting applications to exceptional groups Is it possible to submit applications for December now (November)? It can be submitted from November to December but the Population and Immigration Authority issues permits only 14 days before arrival.
Submitting applications to exceptional groups How long in advance should a group application be submitted? It must be submitted at least 14 days in advance (the system will not allow submissions under 14 days).
Health Declaration How long before the flight to Israel must fill out a health declaration form? 48 hours before take off
Sputnik vaccine What about a tourist that has been vaccinated by the Russian company Sputnik? As of 11/15/21, the entry of tourists vaccinated with the Sputnik vaccine will be approved. In addition to the requirements for a tourist to enter the country, he will have to perform a serological examination upon landing in Israel.
Vaccines Can tourists that have been vaccinated by the Indian vaccine (COVISHIELD) enter Israel? A tourist who has been vaccinated with two vaccines and has passed 14 days or more from the second vaccine on the day of their entry into Israel (but not more than 180 days from the time of departure) and vaccinated with a booster and has passed 14 days or more from the vaccine will be able to enter.
Vaccines Is it Okay that a tourist is vaccinated with two different vaccines? If both vaccines are recognized by the WHO it is fine. If one vaccine is recognized by the WHO and the other is not - it is wrong.
Vaccines If the tourist is vaccinated with two Sputnik vaccines and a Pfizer booster, is that okay? Yes. The booster was taken into account.
Exposure to a verified patient in the group What happens to the group if a verified patient is found in the group? The group must go into isolation except for the fully vaccinated.
Exposure to a verified patient in the group Can a group exposed to a verified patient leave the country? No. Only at the end of the isolation.
Isolation release form Where to submit an isolation release form and when? On the website of the Ministry of Health after the PCR test.
Children Can unvaccinated children up to the age of five enter with their vaccinated parents? No
Verified ( infected person ) What happens to a tourist who enters as vaccinated and turns blue? He must evacuate at his own expense by a private ambulance to the Government assigned Corona Hotel and pay for the entire stay at the hotel. Pay attention to insurance coverage through Smile.
Vaccinated Is there a time limit regarding booster vaccination? There is currently no time limit for booster vaccinated.
Vaccinated Why are Israelis considered vaccinated with a booster after 7 days and a tourist after 14 days? This is a requirement of the Ministry of Health
Recovered Are recoverers allowed to enter as part of the individual outline? Only recoverers from Europe may enter Israel under the following conditions: Reference to a positive result in a NATT test that can be digitally verified by Israel. At this point recovering from the US can not enter (not even from California and New York).
Land Borders When do you expect the land border crossings will be open? There are currently no expectations.
Individual travel outline Who is considered a vaccinated tourist who enters Israel in a single outline? A tourist who received the booster or was vaccinated with two vaccines (recognized by the WHO) and 14 days elapsed on the day of his entry into Israel (but not more than 180 days when leaving Israel).
Individual travel outline Is there a limit on the bus of vaccinated in individual outline? No
Individual travel outline Does a group of vaccinated (individual outline) have to be run as a capsule? No. A tourist who enters in a single outline can be treated as an Israeli.
Exceptions of the Individual travel outline Which tourist is allowed to enter in the special group travel outline? A tourist who has passed more than 180 days from the date of receipt of the second vaccine (recognized by the WHO).
Exceptions of the travel outline How will the group quota of 2000 people per day be managed in an exceptional layout? First come first served. In the limit of 2000 tourists per day, only those who are not considered fully vaccinated (booster or vaccinated with two vaccines no more than 180 days when leaving Israel) are counted.
Exceptions of the travel outline In an exceptional outline, will the group have to undergo a serological examination upon landing in Israel? No. Only vaccinated with the Sputnik vaccine.
Exceptions of the travel outline What about antigen testing? Can the test be done by the tourist guide in the hotel the group is staying in ? No. The test must be in an authorized place.
Exceptions of the travel outline Does a group that entered Israel in an exceptional outline have a driver and guide attached? Yes
Exceptions of the travel outline When will the official procedure for outlining exceptions come out? Probably on 9.11.21. Need to go through government approval and legislation.
Group management in Israel What does "capsule" management require? Discretion must be exercised. Minimize friction with the local population (Israelis) and as little as possible to enter closed places (it will be possible to enter churches, etc.).
Group management in Israel Can a group that entered Israel in an exceptional outline participate in conferences / events / weddings, etc.? Prohibited indoors. Only allowed in open spaces while maintaining social distance.
Exceptional outline - visit to open areas Is a PCR / antigen test required to be done in the day when the tourist visits open areas? Yes. There is no exemption from the test.
Group management in Israel Is free time given to a group that entered Israel in an exceptional outline? According to the outline, at any given moment the group must be accompanied by a guide with no free time as is customary.
Exceptional outline - number of group participants What is the minimum and maximum for a group in an exceptional outline for entry into Israel? Minimum 5 people, maximum 30 people
Updating details in the outline group outline Is it possible to correct / add to a submitted request? The Population and Immigration Authority system does not know how to correct mistakes or add people. A number of glosses must be made in order to make the request precise.
Mixed group Is it possible to put more than 30 people in a mixed group (vaccinated and partially vaccinated)? No. The whole group is more exposed due to the partially vaccinated.
Mixed group Will the submission for an exceptional outline be the same as the submission of the pilot? Probably so.
Mixed group In a mixed group (vaccinated and partially vaccinated) will the vaccinated also have to undergo a PCR or antigen test? No. Only the unvaccinated.
Groups If only one of the group does not meet the conditions for entry of vaccinated individuals what should be done with the group? It should all be submitted in an exceptional outline.
Cruises How will they handle cruises? There are currently no entry of tourist ships into Israel. The entrance is currently only from Ben Gurion Airport.
West Bank What is the law for accommodation and transit in the territories of Judea and Samaria? You can enter and stay in the Judea and Samaria areas.
Green Pass What happens to a tourist who has not received a green card through the system, who should I contact? Please contact the Ministry of Tourism by phone and they will assist in the matter +972 (0) 50-6214239
Digital vacine certificate What about a tourist without a digital vaccine certificate? A tourist who is fully vaccinated - will fill out the form with the vaccination details in the Ministry of Health`s system, scan the vaccination certificate and receive a green label in an email within a few minutes.
Definision of a group What is the procedure for the group that all the tourists in it are vaccinated? There is no "group" procedure for tourists that has passed less than half a year since receiving the second vaccine or who has received a booster injection.
Covers for groups How can I be sure I get seats in the quota? From the moment you receive the approval of the Ministry of Tourism the quota is guaranteed for you. The Ministry of Tourism has announced that the quota will not be a barrier to the group`s approval.
Group approval Why is the immigration authority approved only 14 days before arrival? The approval form is valid for 14 days only. If it is delivered before - by the time the group arrives, the validity will expire and the group will not be approved to board the flight and enter the country.
Hotels If a tourist must isolate, does the hotel have to arrange appropriate conditions? Ensuring the possibility of entering isolation in a hotel must be arranged and agreed in advance between the travel agent and the hotel.

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LAST INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRY OF TOURISTS TO ISRAEL (Update: 04 November 2021)

These instructions are valid for tourists for whom 6 months have not yet passed from the date they received their last vaccination and alternatively for tourists who have received a booster shot.

Responsibility, professionalism and receipt of commitment voucher for meeting the required conditions for members of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association

With the renewal of tourism traffic around the world, one of the most important things for tourists is ensuring their health and the ability to provide rapid and professional response in any situation.
Members of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association, who have attended the program that the Association held, are entitled to use the personal voucher designated solely for their company. The service and professionalism voucher and ensures colleagues abroad that their business partner is committed to the professional standards constituting a condition of membership in the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association.

The Plan
Beginning November 1, 2021, any tourist who meets all of the aggregate conditions will be allowed entry.

  • A tourist who has not stayed in a "RED" country in the 14 days prior to his/her entry to Israel
  • A tourist who has received a vaccination approved by the WHO or has recovered, according to the conditions detailed in the following.
  • There is no other impediment to his/her entering Israel.
  • Enters Israel through Ben Gurion Airport.
  • A tourist who does not meet the above conditions will not be allowed entry to Israel according to this plan, even in conditions of full quarantine (Exceptions committees will still be convened for this population)


The vaccine types approved in the framework of the plan
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson – Janssen
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • SputniK-V subject to the restrictions that follow.


Vaccine and recovery protocol approved by the Ministry of Health

 • Tourists who have been vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines:
    a. Have been vaccinated with two vaccines, and 14 days or more have passed since the second vaccination on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 180 days have passed on departing Israel).
OR
    b. Have received a booster dose, and 14 days or more have passed on the date of entry to Israel.

 • Tourists who have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:
    a. 14 days or more have passed since the vaccination on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 180 days have passed on departing Israel).
OR
    b. Have received a booster dose, and 14 days or more have passed on the date of entry to Israel

 • Tourists who present reference of a positive NAAT test result (molecular test e.g., PCR), that can be digitally verified in the Israeli Ministry of Health systems:
    a. 11 days or more have passed since the test on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 190 days have passed on departing Israel).
    b. Have received at least one dose of the vaccines approved by the WHO (irrelevant to the time and order of events).

 • Tourists who have been vaccinated with the Sputnik vaccine, from 15.11.21, and subject to a positive serological test in Israel (will remain in quarantine until the positive result is obtained):
    a. Have received two Sputnik vaccinations and 14 days or more have passed since the second vaccination on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 180 days have passed on departing Israel).
OR
    b. Have received a booster dose and 14 days or more have passed on the date of entry to Israel.

Requirements for entry to Israel

 • A negative PCR test result performed up to 72 hours prior to the flight.

 • Filling out an Entry Statement form for entering Israel https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/
    a. Passengers who hold a digital certificate that can be verified, will scan or upload their vaccination or recovery certificate to the passenger entry form and will receive a Green Pass before they board the plane. For the list of countries that issue digital documents that can be verified: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19- vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en
    b. Passengers who do not have digital certificates that can be verified will declare being vaccinated on the passenger entry form and will also fill out a form requesting shortening the quarantine period, https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/QuarantineExceptionExit@health.gov.il, - they will attach the relevant certificates and receive a Green Pass before they board the plane.

 • Conditions for boarding the plane:
    a. Presenting a negative PCR test result performed up to 72 hours prior to the flight to Israel.
    b. Presenting an Entry Statement that has been filled out.
    c. Presenting one of the following documents:
        - Certificate of vaccination indicating receipt of vaccination according to the aforesaid.
        - Certificate of recovery, that can be digitally verified in the Israeli Ministry of Health systems, indicating recovery.
        - Exceptional approval of entry from the Ministry of Interior (refers to the plan for exceptions, groups)

 • Performing sample checks of documents and fulfillment of conditions by the Administration of Border Crossings, Population and Immigration at Ben Gurion Airport.

 • Performing a PCR test after landing at Ben Gurion Airport, quarantine until receipt of a negative result or for 24 hours, the earlier of the two.

 • To order PCR tests upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport - - https://testngo.femi.com/he/sign- in

 • For Sputnik vaccinated only – perform a serological test at Ben Gurion Airport, quarantine until a positive result is received (in addition to quarantine until a negative PCR test result is received after landing). Mandatory regulations for tourists visiting Israel

 • All tourists must depart Israel prior to the end of the 180th day after receipt of the last vaccination or recovery.

 • A tourist who is verified with Covid-19 during their stay in Israel shall be transferred to a designated hotel, for the recovery period. Medical treatment is at the expense of and within the foreigner`s private insurance.

Link to fill in a declaration of health before the flight to Israel: https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights

Link to form for release from quarantine: https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/QuarantineExceptionExit@health.gov.il

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Vaccinated Tourist Outline


1. The outline
1.1. As of November 1, 2021, any foreign (vaccinated) person who meets all the cumulative conditions will be allowed to enter:
1.1.1 Providing they did not stay in a red country during the 14 days before entering Israel.
1.1.2 Vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or applicable, in accordance with the conditions set forth in section 3 below.
1.1.3 There is no other impediment to bringing him into Israel.
1.1.4 Entered Israel through Ben Gurion Airport.
1.1.5 A foreigner who does not meet the above conditions will not be allowed to enter Israel through this outline, not even under full isolation conditions (For this population, the Exceptions Committees will continue operating).

2. The vaccines approved in this outline:
2.1 Moderna
2.2 Pfizer
2.3 Johnson & Johnson – Janssen
2.4 AstraZeneca
2.5 Covishield
2.6 Sinopharm
2.7 Sinovac
2.8 SputniK-V, Following the reservations set forth in Section 3.4 below.

3. Vaccination and recovery protocol approved by the Ministry of Health
3.1 Foreigners vaccinated with Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca / Sinovac or Sinopharm:
3.1.1 Received two vaccine shots; 14 days or more passed since their second vaccine upon entry to Israel (but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel).
3.1.2 Received the booster vaccine dose; 14 days or more passed since their booster shot upon entry to Israel.
3.2 Foreigners vaccinated with Janssen`s vaccine:
3.2.1 14 days or more passed since the vaccination date upon entry to Israel (but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel).
3.2.2 Received a booster dose, and 14 days or more passed since their booster shot upon entry to Israel.
3.3 Foreigners presenting a reference that the Israeli MOH systems can digitally authenticate, to a positive result in a NAAT (Molecular test resembling PCR)
3.3.1 11 days or more have passed since the test upon entry to Israel (but no more than 190 days upon leaving Israel).
3.3.2 Received in addition at least one dose of the vaccines approved by the WHO (in this case, time span and sequence of events is inconsequential)
3.4 Foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik, as of 15.11.21, and subject to a positive Serologist test result in Israel (will remain in isolation until a positive result is obtained).
3.4.1 Received two vaccine shots, and 14 days or more passed since their second shot upon entry to Israel (but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel).
3.4.2 Received the booster vaccine dose, and 14 days or more passed since their booster shot upon entry to Israel.

4. The process of entering Israel
4.1 Perform a PCR test up to 72 hours before an outbound flight.
4.2 Filling out a passenger declaration before entering Israel:
4.2.1 Passengers with a verifiable digital certificate will scan or upload their immunization or recovery certificate to the incoming passenger form and receive a green pass before boarding the plane.
4.2.2 Passengers who do not have a verifiable digital certificate will declare their vaccination status in the incoming passenger form and fill out an application to shorten the isolation period. Then, they will attach the relevant documents to receive a green pass before boarding the plane.
4.3 Boarding conditions:
4.3.1 Presenting documentation to a negative PCR test result performed up to 72 hours before the flight.
4.3.2 Presenting proof of filling the incoming passenger declaration.
4.3.3.1 Certificate of immunization attesting to the performance of vaccinations in accordance with the provisions of section 3 above.
4.3.3.2 Certificate of recovery, the Israeli MOH systems can digitally authenticate, indicating a recovery in accordance with the provisions of section 3 above.
4.3.3.3 Exceptional entry permit from the Israeli Ministry of the Interior (Exceptions` Outline, Groups)
4.4 Conducting random document compliance check-ups by the Population Authority at Ben Gurion Airport.
4.5 Performing a PCR test upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport; remaining in isolation until a negative result is obtained, or 24 hours, whichever earlier.
4.6 For those vaccinated with Sputnik vaccines only - performing a serological test at Ben Gurion Airport; isolation until a positive test result is obtained (In addition to isolation until a negative result is obtained for the PCR test taken upon landing).



5. Events and Responses:

  1. Event:A foreigner in transit who does not comply with the threshold conditions
    Response: His entry to Israel will be denied, and he will be returned to his country of origin.

  2. Event: A foreigner who was tested positive to COVID-19 during his stay in Israel
    Response: Will be transferred to a hospital-hotel at the responsibility of the Home Front Command; medical treatment is at the expense of the foreigner, under his insurance policy.

  3. Event:A person who received the Sputnik vaccine, but his serological test result is negative
    Response: He will be allowed to remain in Israel, subject to complete isolation (14 days, with an option to shorten the time to 7 days), but may return to his country during the isolation period.

  4. Event:A foreigner presenting a forged document
    Response:Entry to Israel is denied for a period of 5 years.

  5. Event: A foreigner who is positive to COVID-19 but refuses to vacate to a motel or violates isolation rules
    Response: Entry to Israel is denied for a period of 5 years.

  6. Event: A foreigner who was not found positive to COVID-19 but still violates isolation rules
    Answer: Entry to Israel is denied for a period of 3 years.

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Tourists individuals can come to Israel (Update: 28 October 2021)

This morning, the government published the first phase in the plan for permitting the entrance of tourists to Israel. The second phase, detailing the entrance procedure for groups of tourists, who have been vaccinated for more than six months, will soon be published. Below is a summary of the guidelines published for your use. The original government document, in Hebrew, is also attached for your convenience.


Vaccine types that are a prerequisite for tourists entering Israel


A tourist who received a vaccination approved by the WHO (World Health Organization), in accordance with a protocol approved by the Ministry of Health and who meets the vaccination definition according to a recovery procedure:
  • A tourist who has been vaccinated with two Pfizer vaccines, and 14 days or more have passed since the second vaccination on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 180 days have passed on departing Israel).
  • A tourist who has been vaccinated with two Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, and 14 days or more have passed since the second vaccination on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 180 days have passed on departing Israel).
  • A tourist who has been vaccinated with one Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 14 days or more have passed since the second vaccination on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 180 days have passed on departing Israel).
  • A tourist who has received a Pfizer booster dose, and 14 days or more have passed since the date of entry to Israel.
  • A tourist who has received a Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac or Sinopharm booster dose and 14 days or more have passed on the date of entry to Israel.
  • As of 15.11.21, a tourist who has been vaccinated with two Sputnik vaccines and 14 days or more have passed since the second vaccination on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 180 days have passed on departing Israel).
  • As of 15.11.21, a tourist who has received a Sputnik booster dose and 14 days or more have passed on the date of entry to Israel.


A tourist who is recovering


  • A tourist who presents reference of a positive NAAT test result (molecular test e.g., PCR), which can be digitally verified in the Israeli Ministry of Health systems, and 11 days or more have passed since the test on the date of entry to Israel (but not more than 190 days have passed on departing Israel).
  • A tourist who presents reference of a positive NAAT test result (molecular test e.g., PCR), which can be digitally verified in the Israeli Ministry of Health systems and has received at least one dose of the vaccines approved by the WHO (irrelevant to the time and order of events).
  • A tourist received a negative PCR test result Performed up to 72 hours prior to the flight to Israel.
  • A tourist filled out a passenger declaration entry form for entrance into Israel.
  • A tourist did not stay in a `Red` defined country during the 14 days prior to the date of entry to Israel.
  • A tourist enters Israel via Ben Gurion Airport.
  • There is no other impediment stated for entering Israel.
  • A tourist who does not meet the aforesaid conditions shall not be permitted to enter Israel, even under full isolation conditions.


Mandatory regulations for tourists visiting Israel


  • All tourists must depart Israel prior to the end of the 180th day after receipt of the last vaccination or recovery
  • According to the outline, every tourist entering the country is required to perform a PCR test on entering Israel and stay in isolation until receipt of a negative result of the PCR test performed upon entrance to Israel or for 24 hours (whichever is earlier). Isolation is permitted at a hotel
  • A tourist who has received a Sputnik vaccination must undergo a serological examination upon entering Israel and must stay in isolation until a positive result is obtained
  • A tourist who is verified with Covid-19 during their stay in Israel shall be transferred to a designated hotel, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, for the recovery period


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Is Allow to accommodate vaccinated groups in West Bank (Update: 21 October 2021)



Dear Colleagues,

Israeli Ministry of tourism has announced that starting from 6th Nov 2021, it is permitted to accommodate vaccinated groups in Bethlehem, Jericho and west bank hotels.
Those groups are brought to Israel through the special pilot travel procedure that allow vaccinated clients to travel to Israel.


Israel Allows entry of tourists from countries that require visas (Update: 15 October 2021)



We are happy to inform you that after discussions, requests and also pleas - it was decided to allow tourists to enter Israel from countries that require a visa to enter Israel, within the framework of the outline for tourist entry.

Applying for group visas will be possible from all countries, and without exception.

The applications will be submitted in the familiar group procedure from before the Corona era in the Population and Immigration Authority.

Regarding the health entry permit procedure - in accordance with the procedure to be determined for all tourists. That is, individuals vaccinated against with "boosters" and / or whose vaccination is less than six months old, will fill out a private health declaration form on the Ministry of Health website.

Tourists whose vaccination is less than half a year and without a "booster" will be able to enter only in a group setting, similar to the rest of the world.


UPDATE ON RESUMING THE PILOT BY MINISTRY OF TOURISM (Update: 13 August 2021)



Office of senior Deputy Director-General
Tourism Experience Administration
12.09.2021
1100-0005-2021-077829



Dear friends,


We want to update you that The Israel Ministry of Tourism will re-start the Tourism Pilot Program on September 19, allowing organized groups of 5-30 tourists from "yellow and orange" countries to visit Israel. There is no limit on the number of foreign tourist groups allowed into Israel within the program.

To qualify for entry into Israel, tourists must have proof of full and valid vaccination approved by the FDA and/or EMA which was administered within the last six months and remain valid during the duration of the visit. If necessary, tourists must supply proof of receiving the third booster shot. Tourists arriving must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure from their country of origin and undergo a PCR and serological test upon arrival. Upon receiving the required PCR and serological results taken in Israel, the tourist groups are free to travel within the country.

The program was initiated in May, 2021 and aims to provide a safe controlled option for allowing foreign tourists to visit Israel. We are proud to see that the program is considered a success. Over 2800 tourists entered Israel, mainly from the USA and Europe. We hope that individual tourists will be allowed into Israel soon, and this will be depend on the changing national and worldwide statistics.

The updated entry procedure guidelines will be published soon on our website: www.tourism.gov.il


Sincerely yours,


Pini Shani
Senior Deputy-Director-General
Tourism Experience Administration

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UPDATE REGARDING THE RENEWAL OF THE PILOT FOR BRINGING INBOUND TOURISM TO ISRAEL (Update: 02 Sep 2021)


  1. Question:From which date the Pilot is back to operation ?
    Answer: From September 19.

  2. Question: From Which countries we are allowed to bring tourists?
    Answer: From countries that are marked green and orange.

  3. Question:When will a vaccine be expired:
    Answer: If the last shot exceeds six months then tourist will not be allowed to enter Israel.

  4. Question:When will the pilot system of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism reopens:
    Answer: In the next two days.

  5. Question: What is required from the tourists visiting Israel:
    Answer: PCR tests 72 hours before and upon arrival to Israel, in addition to a quick serological test upon arrival.

  6. Question: Can the less than 5 tourists visit Israel:
    Answer: Not yet

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ISRAEL MINISTRY OF TOURISM UPDATE (Update: 3rd August 2021)



Office of senior Deputy Director-General
Tourism Experience Administration



To the Travel Industry and Colleagues,


Greetings,

Re: UPDATED HEALTH ORDINANCE


Today the Israel Health Cabinet approved and confirmed Amendment 42 and updated the National Health Ordinance. This Ordinance declares that as of Friday August 8th, 2021, many countries, amongst them USA, Italy and France, will be added to the list of countries from whom all entering must render self-isolation of 7 days (pursuant to 2 negative PCR tests) upon arrival to Israel.

The full list of nations with a "high risk level" are: Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cyprus, Georgia, Great Britain, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Uzbekistan and now also added Ukraine, Italy, Iceland, Eswatini, United States, Botswana, Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Tanzania, Greece, Malawi, Egypt, Czech Republic, France, Cuba, Rwanda and Tunisia.

These countries are designated as "very high risk level" of danger or "high risk level" of danger and for this reason, according to the Pilot program for Vaccinated Tourism Groups their entrance is forbidden.

The countries which have been taken out of this Ordinance and do not require self-isolation any longer but rather 24 hour self-isolation only until receiving negative PCR results are: The Islands of Seychelles, Zambia, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Uganda, Liberia, Panama and Kenya.
We request you make the necessary arrangements and thank you for your cooperation.


SINCERELY,


Pini Shani
Senior Deputy-Director-General
Tourism Experience Administration

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Highlights and refinements of the "travel procedures to Israel (Update: 25th July 2021)


As agreed by Minister Yoel Rezbozov, Corona Cabinet and the Israeli Incoming tour operator association

  1. Warranty
    • • Each and every one of us has a very heavy responsibility to manage the tourist traffic in the most responsible, professional and safe manner. Despite the obvious exhaustion and the unreasonable and illogical situation in which the industry finds itself, we are required to be at our best, professionally, and to be involved at every stage and moment in managing the movement of tourist groups.

    • • A single incident that occurs in violation of guidelines or any other health malfunction will result in a burst of loud headlines and statements that could put an end to the continued operation of the pilot.

    • • Forcibly look for the moments in the tour where things can go wrong and suddenly a tourist will get sick, which will require an investigation of all the contacts made by the group and the introduction of "all concerned" for isolation.

    • • In cases where a tourist is required to remain in isolation, this must be strictly enforced and any incident or problem related to health must be reported in a transparent and real-time manner.

    • • Any private problem will become the general problem and may immediately paralyze the traffic rule.

    • It is of special importance to consciously anchor the entry of tourists into the country and prove that the tourists do not constitute any potential problem and that the opposite is true. We must protect the tourists while they are in the country.

  2. Submitting applications to groups:As of today it is possible to submit applications to groups without the dates and for all subsequent months. The submission procedure remains the same.

  3. Receipt of approvals for groups: In cases where an application is submitted to the group for the following months - after the submission and examination, a confirmation will be received from the Ministry of Tourism that the application was received and transferred to the Population and Immigration Authority for approval. The approval of the Population and Immigration Authority is valid for two weeks only, and will therefore be sent only 14 days before the planned date of arrival of the group.

    The production of the permit is subject to the developments and decisions of the government regarding the corona, so it is important that you make sure to indicate to colleagues abroad that final approval for entry will be given 14 days before arrival, subject to particularly significant development in disease and infection.

  4. Permitted countries for bringing tourists: Tourists can be brought from all countries and provided they are not declared "red" (information on countries on the list can be found at this link). It is also not possible to submit applications for tourists coming from countries that require the issuance of an entry visa to Israel.

  5. Prerequisites before the group arrives in Israel: Tourists must 1)fill out a health declaration before arriving, 2) scan a vaccinated certificate and 3)check the PCR 72 hours before arriving in the country.

  6. Which tourists can enter Israel? As part of the pilot, the entry of only vaccinated tourist groups is approved. Recovering clients are not yet allowed to visit Israel.

  7. Mixing passports in a group: Several types of passports can be mixed within a homogeneous group.

  8. Serological tests: Starting this week, tourists are expected to undergo the rapid serological tests at the airport. Immediately after performing the serological tests and the PCR tests, the group can go on a tour without delay.

  9. Smile services at Ben Gurion Airport: The service profile has been updated in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Network. Each group will be assigned a flight attendant who will accompany the group from the moment of landing and disembarking from the plane until boarding the bus departing from Ben Gurion Airport.

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Announcement on Business People entering to Israel (Update: 15th July 2021)


In accordance with the latest Corona guidelines (15.7.21), foreign businessmen wishing to visit Israel are required to have an entry permit issued by the Population and Immigration Authority.


The application for entry clearance consists of two separate applications: One is submitted by the foreign businessman, and the other is submitted by the Israeli host company.


The foreign business man`s application includes, in particular, personal details and the visit plan.

The businessman must hold a valid vaccine certificate or an official recovery certificate as a threshold condition for this procedure.


The Company`s request will include explanations: (1) What is the urgency of the visit? (2) Why can the purpose of the visit not be realized through remote communication? (3) What is the commercial significance of the visit to the host company? (4) What is the contribution of the visit to the Israeli economy?


Both applications are submitted online to the Ministry of Economy and Industry, if you find a justifiable reason for approving the visit, the application will be forwarded to the Population and Immigration Authority with a recommendation for a visa. The authority usually acts in accordance with the recommendation of the ministry.


The entry permit is usually valid for 45 days from the date of issue, for a single entry into Israel. The certificate will be presented by the businessman before boarding the plane to Israel.


Additional conditions for the entry of businessmen into Israel:
• Negative PCR test result for the corona virus performed up to 72 hours before departure from the country of origin and subject to further testing upon arrival in Israel. The businessman must present the test result before boarding the plane.
• Filling out an online health declaration. For the full form, click here: https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/


Arriving in Israel:


Entry into the country is conditional on: (1) presentation of a valid vaccine certificate or official recovery certificate (2) presentation of a health insurance policy covering treatment for the corona virus when passing a passport check.


In addition, passengers must undergo a serological examination as soon as possible after entering the country, at one of the official medical institutions approved by the Ministry of Health.


As of tomorrow (16.7.21), citizens of countries under severe travel warning will be able to enter the country but will be charged in full isolation. Isolation should be entered until a positive result of the serological examination is obtained (usually 24-48 hours). If the result of the serological test is negative, the duration of isolation is seven days.


From time to time, the Ministry of Health defines a country as a high-risk country (in terms of Corona virus). As a rule, passengers who have been in these countries during the two weeks prior to their intended arrival in Israel are not entitled to a business entry permit to Israel. The list of countries defined as high-risk countries, as of 15.7.21, includes: Uzbekistan, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico and Russia.

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Update On Entry Procedure To Israel (Update: 15th July 2021)

Dear Colleagues & Partners

Below are some updated re submitting applications for groups coming to Israel during the Pilot period.

  1. Open dates for submission. Groups can be submitted for any date and without restriction.
  2. The applications will be received by the Ministry of Tourism and the Immigration and Population Authority.
  3. The permits of the Immigration Authority that allow the group to board a plane abroad are valid for 14 days only, so if issued long in advance, the validity of the permits will expire.
  4. According to the arrangement we reached today in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and the Immigration Authority, the permits will be issued and sent to you 14 days before the date designated for the group to enter the country.
  5. The organizer must ensure that a certificate is sent and received.
  6. Some agents complained that it is not possible to update lists of groups in cases there is an error, malfunction, etc. The ministry is working to enable the submission of updates and corrections. The application will be forwarded to the bureau which will submit the particular passenger only. A separate permit will be issued to the passenger for whom the repair is requested to be made in the registration. In any case, his name will not appear in the group certificate submitted and approved.
  7. Different entry or exit times. In cases where there is a group some of whom are supposed to arrive or return not on the original date of all the members of the group, an application procedure will be anchored that will allow this. We will issue a separate announcement on this.
  8. Rapid serological tests are scheduled to begin that will be performed at the same position as the PCR tests.

Will keep you posted with any further developments.

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Update on Tourist Entry to Israel (Update: 24th June 2021)

Dear Members,

Following the recent announcements on the one hand, on the postponement of the date for the entry of tourists to Israel for the month of August (for now), and on the other hand on the continuation of the "pilot" of the Ministry of Tourism for the entry of tourist groups to Israel during July,


    Here are some important clarifications:
  1. During the month of July, it will not be possible to bring individual tourists into Israel. Remember, a group is defined as a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 30 people.
  2. Applications for group approval for July must be submitted in the existing and familiar format (from June) on the website of the Ministry of Tourism. You can find all the details in this link.
  3. In light of the fact that there are groups that are planned to arrive in Israel in the coming days, the Ministry of Tourism is making every effort to accept and approve these groups. On this occasion, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for the firm`s cooperation and goodwill.
  4. As part of submitting an application to the group, vaccinated tourists from different countries approved to enter Israel can be included.
  5. Serological tests - In light of the fact that the entry of tourist groups into Israel continues to take place as part of the Ministry of Tourism`s pilot, compliance with the requirement for serological tests remains the same and is binding on all groups of tourists arriving in Israel. The test can be performed at the hotel. A service for performing serological tests is also provided by the "Smile" company, and another detailed circular on the subject will be sent later in the day.
  6. Tourist groups in August - the issue is under discussion. It is likely (but not certain) that next week the entry of applications for groups for August will be approved in the system at the Ministry of Tourism. Currently, you are asked not to submit requests to groups for the month of August or later. We will update in the coming week.
  7. Tourist entry in August in general - our assessment is that the continued entry of tourists will be approved. As stated, we expect updates and easing of the outline, especially the submission requirements and the requirement for serological tests.

We know that the situation is not simple, to say the least, and we hope that in the future things will become clearer and easier and clearer.

The Ministry of Tourism is helping and willing to help, and we hope that after the joint discussions with the rest of the factors next week, we will already be able to add clarifications to all the remaining question marks.
With the blessing of strengthening and embracing,

Yossi Fattal
Manager we
Israel Incoming tour operator Association

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Q & A about the travel protocol (Update: 4th June 2021)

  1. Question:Will any group be liable for the service of a steward?
    Answer: No
  2. Question: Where do you fill out the health declaration form before arriving in Israel?
    Answer: On the website of the Ministry of Health.
  3. Question: What happens if a tourist does not fill out the health declaration form?
    Answer: The airline will bear the cost of the fine, as it is its duty to check the form when boarding the plane.
  4. Question: What is the procedure in case a certificate of completion of a health declaration form is not issued?
    Answer: The tourist will be directed to the forms for filling out the forms located near the checkpoint, where officials from the Population and Immigration Authority will assist him in filling out the form (this is a waiting time that may be significant).
  5. Question: What about an airplane confirmation form?
    Answer: The agent will receive a form from the Ministry of Tourism containing up to 20 people and will send it to an agent abroad who will fill in the details of each tourist according to the form requested.
  6. Question: What about the entry of children into Israel?
    Answer: At this stage, only those vaccinated, including children, are allowed.
  7. Question: In which countries are tourists allowed to enter Israel?
    Answer: There is currently no list of countries allowed. This should be published after the pilot. Entry is allowed for those vaccinated with FDA or EMA-approved vaccines. It is the agent`s responsibility to check the group`s vaccinations as part of the application form sent to the Ministry of Tourism.
  8. Question: Is it possible to greet tourists when they leave the customs hall?
    Answer: No. There is no more reception at Ben Gurion Airport - the reception will be held outside the terminal only.
  9. Question: How and where will the PCR test be performed?
    Answer: At checkpoints located at counters that will serve the foreign airlines on the entry floor and the adjacent tent.
  10. Question: What is the cost of the PCR test and how will the payment be made for it as of 1.6.21?
    Answer: The apparent cost for the test is about NIS 100. It is currently unknown how the payment will be made. According to what is known, tourists will pay in the field or through a smile arrangement.
  11. Question: Will the whole procedure, from the collection of luggage to the arrival of the bus, be done by the tourists with the luggage?
    Answer: Yes, we try to find solutions and / or alternatively endurance services in the field.
  12. Question: Question: Where will the serological examination be performed?
    Answer: Answer: There is currently no compound for serological tests. The test will be done at the hotel.

Entry procedure for foreign vaccinated tourist groups(Update: 26th May 2021)

Entry procedure for foreign vaccinated tourist groups

1. Objective The objective of this procedure is to govern entry into Israel of foreign vaccinated tourist groups of passport holders from visa-exempt countries, in Stage I of the pilot to begin on May 23, 3021, for entry of 20 groups. Should changes be made to this procedure following this pilot, a revised procedure would be issued. Provisions of this procedure shall not derogate from procedures of the Population and Immigration Authority, including all that applies to the entry and stay in Israel, arrival of tourist groups through agents and so on.
2. Definitions
2.1. "Vaccinated tourist": Tourist vaccinated by an FDA- or EMA-approved vaccine. Or, tourist arriving from any country with which an agreement has been signed for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, pursuant to terms and conditions of such agreement.
2.2. "Incoming tourism agent": Any person, corporation, licensed sole proprietor, private company or registered NGO meeting the criteria listed in Appendix A to this procedure.
2.3. "Tourist group": Group of 5-30 tourists of the same nationality, passport holders from visa-exempt countries, which an incoming tourism agent applies for approval of their arrival.
2.4. "Recommending entity": Any Ministry of Tourism employee appointed by the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism to provide recommendations pursuant to this procedure.
2.5. "Hotel": Tourism accommodation consisting of 11 or more accommodation units, providing to a changing, non-specific audience of guests accommodation services and related services for pay, for a short, specified duration.
2.6. "B&B": Tourism accommodation facility with up to 10 accommodation units, in a rural or urban setting, reliant for service provision on an adjacent residential home or other service support, providing or offering to provide, for pay, accommodation services for leisure purposes, for a specified duration.
2.7. "Accommodation unit": Unit used for accommodation and leisure, with at least one room with a bed, bathroom and toilet.
2.8. "Application for registration of tourist group": Application filed by an incoming tourism agent, for approval of a tourist group subject to conditions set forth in this procedure, filed on the Ministry of Tourism website. The application shall include the list of invitees and other information, as specified in the online application form available on the Ministry of Tourism website.
2.9. "Tour guide": Holder of a valid tour guide license, as set forth in Tourism Services regulations (Tour guides), 1967.
2.10. "Activity Restriction Regulations": Regulations on Special Authority to Address the Novel Corona Virus (Interim directive) (Activity restriction and other provisions), 2020, or regulations to supersede these regulations, in effect at the time.
2.11. "Aviation Regulations": Regulations on Special Authority to Address the Novel Corona Virus (Interim directive) (Restriction of operations of airports and flights), 2020, or regulations to supersede these regulations, in effect at the time.
2.12. "Testing Regulations": Regulations on Special Authority to Address the Novel Corona Virus (Interim directive) (Mandatory testing upon entry into Israel), 2021, or regulations to supersede these regulations, in effect at the time.
2.13. "Home Isolation Ordinance": Popular Healthcare Ordinance (Novel Corona Virus) (Home isolation and other provisions) (Interim directive), 2020, or regulations to supersede these regulations, in effect at the time.
2.14. "PCR test": As defined in the Ordinance (Novel Corona Virus) (Home isolation and other provisions) (Interim directive), 2020.
2.15. "Serology test" Test for presence of Cov-n antibodies by a laboratory authorized by the Ministry of Health.
3. Threshold conditions for approval of entry of tourist group into Israel
3.1. Without prejudice to all statutory provisions, the Population and Immigration Authority shall only approve entry of a tourist group into Israel subject to the following conditions.
3.2. Recommendation by the recommending entity at the Ministry of Tourism, to approve entry of a tourist group pursuant to provisions of this procedure, including compliance with the maximum quota to be specified for this purpose by the Director General of the Ministry of Health or representative thereof, and subject to the group not being from a country which, according to the Director General of the Ministry of Health or representative thereof, is subject to public health concerns associated with entry of tourist groups from such country, i.e. Not from any country classified as a high-risk destination, nor a destination subject to severe travel advisory (the list of such countries is available at: Israel International Air Travel | COVID-19 Air Transport (www.gov.il)
3.3. Commitment by the incoming tourism agent organizing the tourist group (hereinafter: "the Agent"), to be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism, to comply with provisions of this procedure, including all cases and responses as set forth in Appendix B.
3.4. All group members arriving in Israel must be vaccinated tourists holding a negative PCR test result, conducted 72 hours prior to departure of the aircraft carrying the group to Israel.
3.5. All group members arriving in Israel will have obtained an insurance policy with coverage for medical treatment of COVID-19.
3.6. The agent shall have the full contact information of the tourists, driver and tour guide in the group, in Israel and overseas, including cellular phone number, email address and overseas address, as well as copies of the vaccination certificates of all participants. The agent may contact any of the tourists after their visit to Israel, for healthcare reasons. The agent shall also provide information about the tourist, driver and tour guide to the ministry of Health or to the Ministry of Tourism for the purpose of contact tracing, as required. The agent is responsible for obtaining consent of group members to providing the required information for the purpose indicated.
3.7. The Ministry of Tourism shall operate an operations center, operating 24X7, to provide a real-time response to any issues arising from this procedure.
3.8. The agent shall assign to the group a qualified tour guide and driver holding vaccination or recovery certificates issued by the Ministry of Health, to accompany the group throughout their visit in Israel, from landing to take-off on the return flight to their country, except for overnight accommodation.
3.9. The tour guide and driver of the group shall carry a cell phone connected to a cellular network throughout the group`s visit in Israel.
3.10. The group size may not exceed the allowed number of persons for gathering outdoors, in conformity with regulations. When visiting indoor locations, the group shall be divided based on the maximum allowed number of persons for gathering indoors, in conformity with Israeli law.
3.11. The agent shall maintain detailed records, including location and timing of visits for the entire group. The agent shall retain such records for 20 days, and shall provide such information to the Ministry of Health, or to anyone authorized by the State to conduct contact tracing, if required to do so.
3.12. The Population and Immigration Authority may deny an application by an agent to invite a tourist group should it be informed by entities in the Ministry of Tourism or in the Ministry of Health, that the agent, driver, tour guide and previous tourist groups which have arrived in Israel through this agent, have failed to comply with statutory provisions, with this procedure and with terms and conditions for their stay in Israel. The Population and Immigration Authority may deny entry of any tourist who, on their previous visit, were in breach of any conditions for entry or stay in Israel and who have failed to comply with terms and conditions of this procedure.
4. Process
4.1. Filing application with the recommending entity at the Ministry of Tourism for approval of tourist group:
4.1.1. The agent, as defined in this procedure, may apply online on the Ministry of Tourism website to enroll a group of vaccinated tourists for the purpose of visiting Israel.
4.1.2. The application should be filed 15 days or more before the group`s arrival date in Israel. The application shall be filed using a specific form on the Ministry of Tourism website (for application form, see Appendix B).
4.2. Recommendation by the recommending entity at the Ministry of Tourism for approval of the group by the Population and Immigration Authority:
4.2.1. The Ministry of Tourism shall make recommendations for the Population and Immigration Authority to approve tourist groups in conformity with this procedure.
4.2.2. The Ministry of Tourism shall not recommend approval of groups in excess of the maximum quota specified by the Director General of the Ministry of Health or representative thereof, and shall not recommend arrival of tourist groups from countries which , according to the Director General of the Ministry of Health or representative thereof, is subject to public health concerns associated with entry of tourist groups from such country, i.e. Not from any country classified as a high-risk destination, nor a destination subject to severe travel advisory.
4.2.3. The days for processing of the application by the recommending entity shall be counted from the date of filing all required documents for processing the application, through obtaining the required approvals, not to exceed 3 business days. The Ministry of Tourism shall forward the application to the Population and Immigration Authority.
4.2.4. Each application shall be individually filed for one group only.
4.2.5. The recommending entity shall review the application prior to forwarding it to the Population and Immigration Authority, and shall decide whether to recommend allowing the group to visit Israel. In this regard, the recommending entity shall consider compliance of the agent with provisions of this procedure, as well as conduct of previous groups which have visited Israel through this agent, and shall not recommend the approval of any tourist group by an agent who has previously failed to comply with provisions of this procedure, nor approval of any tourist who has failed to comply with provisions of this procedure.
4.2.6. Any negative recommendation shall be justified and sent to the agent who has filed the application.
4.2.7. An agent whose application has been denied by the Ministry of Tourism may ask the Ministry of Tourism to reconsider their application, as follows:
4.2.7.1. An agent who believes that an error has occurred in any factual determinations or exercise of judgment by the recommending entity, may apply to the recommending entity to re-consider within 15 days of receiving notice of the denied application.
4.2.7.2. The recommending entity shall consider the application to re-consider and shall reply to the sender within 3 business days.
4.2.8. The Ministry of Tourism shall provide a daily computer file, as agreed with the Population and Immigration Authority, containing a list of traveler information included on applications which were positively recommended to the Population and Immigration Authority.
4.2.9. The Population and Immigration Authority shall review the application pursuant to the authority vested therein and, if no reason is found to deny it, shall issue entry approvals to Israel for the group and shall forward these to the agent.
4.2.10. Should the Population and Immigration Authority deny entry of the group or any participant therein, it shall inform both the agent and the Ministry of Tourism. The agent shall provide the approvals to travelers in the group prior to arrival in Israel.
4.2.11. If, after approval has been granted for entry of the tourist group into Israel, the country from which the group originates should be placed on the list of countries where recovered or vaccinated travelers returning from that country are subject to isolation pursuant to the Home Isolation Ordinance, the Population and Immigration Authority would revoke the approvals granted for entry of the tourist group into Israel pursuant to this procedure.
4.2.12. In any case other than as set forth in section 4.2.11, where after approval has been granted for entry of a tourist group into Israel, there should be concern for public health due to entry of any tourist group from such country, based on a justified request from a Ministry of Health representative along with the underlying factual basis, the Population and Immigration Authority shall consider revoking any un-used entry approvals, provided that entry into Israel is scheduled for 48 hours or longer after revoking it. In case of emergency and clear and present danger for entry of morbidity, the approval for group entry may also be revoked at a later time.
5. Terms and conditions for stay of tourist group in Israel:
5.1. The Population and Immigration Authority shall determine that compliance with all statutory provisions and compliance with terms and conditions of this procedure shall be a pre-condition for stay of the tourist group in Israel.
5.2. The agent shall procure all services from providers who, to the best of the agent`s knowledge, are in compliance with provisions of the regulations.
5.3. Throughout their visit, the group shall be accompanied by one tour guide and one driver, holding vaccination or recovery certificates issued by the Ministry of Health. The tour guide and driver shall be with the group throughout their visit in Israel, except for overnight accommodation.
5.4. The agent shall ensure that group members are in compliance with all statutory provisions, including mandatory mask wearing.
5.5. Throughout the visit, the agent shall maintain detailed records, including location and timing of visits for the entire group. The agent shall retain such records for 20 days after the end of the group visit to Israel, and shall provide such information to the Ministry of Health, or to anyone authorized by the State to conduct contact tracing, if required to do so.
5.6. The agent shall ensure that group members remain all together throughout their visit to Israel.
5.7. Hotel and/or B&B:
5.7.1. The agent shall ensure that group accommodation shall only be at hotels and/or B&Bs operating in compliance with regulations.
5.7.2. The agent shall ensure that the group would check in and check out at a separate counter designated for this purpose by the hotel and/or B&B, to exclusively serve group members during check in and check out.
5.7.3. Should the group dine at the hotel and/or B&B, a separate, isolated space shall be designated for the group away from other guests of the hotel and/or B&B. This space may be within the dining rooms of the hotel and/or B&B, or in another room designated for this purpose by the hotel and/or B&B.
5.7.4. The hotel and/or B&B shall assign rooms to the group in a designated space / wing, with rooms assigned to the group being clearly separated from rooms of other guests of the hotel and/or B&B.
5.8. Transportation:
5.8.1. The agent shall ensure that the group would be transported in a designated bus, to serve group members exclusively during their stay in Israel.
5.8.2. The agent shall ensure that disinfectant is available to all group members on the bus throughout their visit to Israel.
5.8.3. The agent shall verify that the bus interior is thoroughly cleaned daily.
5.9. Tourism sites
5.9.1. The agent shall co-ordinate in advance the group visit time to tourism sites, so as to avoid in as much as possible any interaction with other visitors.
5.10. Restaurants
5.10.1. The agent shall co-ordinate with any restaurant a separate room to be assigned, separated from all other guests inside the restaurant, or a designated outdoor area for the group to dine in.
5.10.2. The group may only dine at restaurants that are in compliance with regulations.
5.11. Purchases
5.11.1. The agent shall co-ordinate in advance the arrival of the group at any shop, so as to avoid in as much as possible any interaction with other visitors.
6. Moreover, the agent is responsible for verifying that the tourist group shall be in compliance with all statutory provisions, including:
6.1. Required action prior to arrival in Israel, pursuant to the Aviation Regulations:
6.1.1 The agent shall ensure that tourists are familiar with all provisions of this procedure and that they are vaccinated.
6.1.2 Within 72 hours prior to departure to Israel, group members shall undergo a PCR test. A negative PCR test is a pre-condition for boarding the flight to Israel.
6.1.3 Within 24 hours prior to departure to Israel, group members shall complete a health certification on the Ministry of Health website, indicating the Israeli cell phone number of the agent. Confirmation of completion of the health certification is also a pre-condition for boarding the flight to Israel.
6.2. Required action upon arrival in Israel:
6.2.1. Group members shall present the approval from the Population and Immigration Authority upon arrival in Israel.
6.2.2. In conformity with testing regulations, group members shall undergo a PCR test after landing in Israel, prior to leaving Ben Gurion Airport. Passengers must pay for and take this test as a pre-condition for their stay in Israel.
6.2.3. In order to avoid isolation, group members shall take a serology test, at their expense, upon entry into Israel and shall be in isolation pending a positive result and receipt of confirmation for leaving isolation (to be sent to the email address entered by the passenger on the incoming passenger form). They would then be able to issue a Green Pass using the Ramzor app or on the Ramzor website.
6.2.4. Should it not be possible, several hours after receiving the positive test result, to issue a recovery confirmation and Green Pass using the Ramzor app or on the Ramzor website, contact the Kol HaBriut call center using the isolation termination form at: https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/QuarantineExceptionExit@health.gov.il The application should clearly indicate that this is also an application for a Green Pass. The application form should be accompanied by a power-of-attorney signed by the tourist, authorizing the agent to contact the Kol HaBriut call center on their behalf (in conformity with Appendix D to this procedure), a photocopy of their passport, documentation of the positive serology test taken in Israel, official vaccination certificate and an Israeli phone number for contacting by the Ministry of Health if need be. All of these documents should be included in a single PDF file to be enclosed with the application form.
7. The incoming tourism agent who organized the group is responsible as follows:
7.1 The agent shall ensure that tourists are familiar with all provisions of this procedure and that they are vaccinated.
7.2 The agent shall collect photocopies of vaccination certificates of all group members and shall retain them through 20 days after their return to their country of origin.
7.3 The agent shall verify that the tourist is familiar with conditions for entry and stay in Israel, and shall have the tourist sign a consent and commitment form, listing the conditions for entry and stay in Israel, as per Appendix C. The signed form shall be submitted with the application form to the Ministry of Tourism website.
7.4 The agent shall have all group members sign, prior to arrival in Israel, their consent to providing the relevant information to Government ministries in Israel, should they be required for contact tracing. The agent shall also have all group members sign their consent to stay at a hotel for COVID patients, at their own expense, should they be found to be positive for COVID.
7.5 The agent shall verify entry into isolation and the conditions of isolation in conformity with Ministry of Health guidelines and this procedure.
7.6 Pending check in to the hotel, the agent shall inform hotels of rooms where tourists who tested positive or who require isolation are staying, including in case of isolation required pending receipt of a positive serology test result and confirmation for leaving isolation. The agent shall immediately inform the hotel of any change in the health status of patients, so that the hotel would know at all times of any tourist required to be isolated in their room or free to go about the hotel. The agent shall inform the hotels where the tourist group is staying of all relevant instructions for stay of the tourists in Israel, as set forth in this procedure.
7.7 The agent shall report to the Ministry of Tourism operations center any tourist showing symptoms or illness, as well as the chain of events and outcome thereof.
7.8 Pursuant to provisions of the Popular Healthcare Ordinance, 1940 the agent shall help in contact tracing if required to do so.
8. Responsibility of the Ministry of Tourism operations center:
8.1. The Ministry of Tourism shall maintain an operations center to address issues arising from arrival of tourist groups in Israel, in conformity with this procedure. The Ministry of Tourism shall monitor compliance with provisions of this procedure prior to arrival of the group in Israel and during their stay in Israel. Telephone number of the operations center: 03-7486861/0.
8.2. Shall collect information from incoming tourism agents who organize groups.
8.3. Shall report any breach of the law in Israel, or any breach of conditions of entry into Israel pursuant to this procedure, to the Population and Immigration Authority or to Israeli police, depending on the type of breach. Shall provide information to the recommending entity at the Ministry of Tourism with regard to agents and tourists who did not comply with provisions of this procedure. In conformity with reports of breach by tourists, as aforementioned, or reports of breach to be receive by the Population and Immigration Authority from any other source, the Population and Immigration Authority shall consider revoking the right of entry into Israel for that tourist for a specified duration, at its discretion.
8.4. Shall assist the Ministry of Health in contact tracing, if required to do so, subject to all statutory provisions.
9. Cases and responses
9.1. Scenario 1 – Tourist received negative serology test result
9.1.1 A tourist who received a negative serology test result shall immediately inform the agent of this and shall immediately go into isolation, as stipulated by the Home Isolation Ordinance. The agent shall have such person removed to isolation in a rented apartment or vacation unit, but not at a hotel, through the end of their isolation period, and shall immediately report this to the Ministry of Tourism operations center.
9.1.2. Notwithstanding the foregoing in section 1, should the isolation be carried out at a hotel, the agent shall ensure that the person is in isolation in a room with no guests staying in the two adjacent rooms. The agent shall have the hotel staff informed that a person is in isolation at the hotel. Note that it should be preferred to maintain the tourist in isolation in a rented apartment or vacation unit, rather than in a hotel.
9.1.3. For the sake of clarity, the agent is responsible for maintaining such isolation, at the tourist`s expense.
9.2. Scenario 2 – Tourist showing symptoms or illness
9.2.1. A tourist showing one or more COVID symptoms, or a tourist who received a positive PCR test result, shall immediately inform the agent of this and shall immediately go into isolation, as stipulated by the Home Isolation Ordinance. The agent shall immediately report this to the Ministry of Tourism operations center.
9.2.2. Any tourist who is ill shall maintain isolation in a hotel for COVID patients at their own expense; if such hotel is not available, they shall maintain isolation in a rented apartment in conformity with guidance from the Ministry of Health.
9.2.3. For the sake of clarity, the agent is responsible for maintaining such isolation, at the tourist`s expense.


Appendix A – Criteria for filing an application as Incoming Tourism Agent

Anyone applying for approval from the Ministry of Tourism to host tourist groups and to be enrolled in the list of Incoming Tourism Agents on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, is required to comply with the following conditions: A. The agent is a corporation incorporated in Israel, or an individual resident in Israel (confirmation must be enclosed). B. The agent has current certification of Proper Accounting and Records as per the Public Corporation Transaction Act (Accounting Enforcement), 1976 (confirmation must be enclosed). C. Had an annual turnover from incoming tourism business of USD 250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand), in 2019 or on average in the three years prior to 2020 (confirmation from CPA must be enclosed). D. The travel agent, owner or director of the travel agency have not acted in violation of the Tourism Services Act, 1976 or any regulations enacted pursuant there to, and have not been convicted of any felony which, by its nature, severity or circumstances, would render them unfit to be a travel agent, during the five years prior to the issue date of this procedure. E. There were no justified, recurring complaints filed against the agent with regard to the quality of travel agency services they provided during the five years prior to the issue date of this procedure, and in particular with regard to provisions of this procedure.

Any travel agent who ceases to comply with the aforementioned criteria shall be removed from the list of Incoming Tourism Agents who may apply for approval to host tourist groups.

Appendix B – Application form

Approval to host groups of overseas vaccinated tourists in Israel – Application for the Israeli travel agent hosting the group The form below should be completed online. The application should be filed 15 days or more before the group`s arrival date in Israel. Please indicate in subject line: Application for for the Israeli travel agent hosting the group – [Enter the name of the hosing travel agent]
Required information
Information of the hosting travel agent
• Name of the Israeli travel agency
• ID of the travel agency (private company ID, sole proprietor, public company ID)
• Address in Israel of the travel agency (street, house number, city)
• Telephone of the travel agency
Information of contact person of the company in Israel
• First name:
• Last name
• ID
• Position (CEO / VP / authorized signatory)
• Cell phone: This number shall be the contact point for this application
• Email address : This email address shall be the contact point for this application
Information about tour guide accompanying the group in Israel
• First name:
• Last name
• ID
• Cell phone: This number shall be the contact point for this application
• Email address: This email address shall be the contact point for this application
Information of the driver accompanying the group in Israel / contact person of the transportation company
• First name:
• Last name
• ID
• Name of transportation company
• Cell phone: This number shall be the contact point for this application
• Email address: This email address shall be the contact point for this application
Information about overseas tourist group
• Number of tourist group members Information for each tourist group member:
o First name (in English)
o Last name (in English)
o Passport number
o Passport issuing country (in English)
o Date of Birth
o Country of origin
o Countries visited during the 14 days prior to arrival in Israel
o Email
o Israeli telephone number (if any)
o Details of (outgoing and return) flights of group members
o Vaccination certificate
o Certification by the tourist
Detailed visit itinerary
• Visit dates in Israel, from landing time to take-off time
• Information about hotel where the guests would be staying
Certification by the agent Please read carefully the following certifications, then enter your name and the date when this form is completed. By entering your name, you certify that you have read and undertake to comply with all of the certifications below.
• I certify that all of the information I have entered in this form is correct.
• The objective of arrival of the overseas tourist group is touring Israel, as certified in this form.
• I undertake to comply with provisions of the procedure for hosting groups of vaccinated tourists when organizing their visit, during and after their visit.
• I undertake to inform all group members of all healthcare instructions in Israel and terms and conditions of the procedure, including mandatory isolation.
• I undertake to collect all "Tourist certification" forms signed by each group member, and to retain these until all group members will have left Israel.
• I undertake to collect photocopies of vaccination certificates of all group members and retain them through 20 days after their return to their country of origin.
• I undertake to verify that all group members carry appropriate travel insurance, which includes coverage in case of contracting COVID-19 during their stay in Israel.
• I undertake to have all group members complete the Incoming passenger certification form within 24 hours prior to the departure time of their flight to Israel.
• I undertake to assign to the group a qualified tour guide and driver holding vaccination or recovery certificates issued by the Ministry of Health, to accompany the group throughout their visit in Israel, from landing to take-off on the return flight to their country, except for overnight accommodation.
• I undertake to inform the Ministry of Tourism on this application form of the driver information, as soon as I have receive it from the transportation company.
• I undertake to maintain detailed records, including location and timing of visits for the entire group. Should I be required to do so, I shall provide this information to the Ministry of Health or to anyone authorized by the State to conduct contact tracing, through 20 days after the end of the visit.
• I undertake to report to the Ministry of Tourism operations center any case where any group member, including driver and tour guide, should have any symptoms, or should any of them take a COVID-19 test or should they test positive or should any of the tourists receive a negative serology test result.
• I undertake to monitor and control the group in conformity with provisions set forth in the procedure for hosting groups of vaccinated tourists.
• I undertake to bear any isolation costs, should any participant in the group organized by me be found to require isolation in conformity with instructions of the Ministry of Health.
• I undertake to act in conformity with the procedure for handling any tourist showing symptoms or being confirmed with COVID.
• I undertake to obtain written consent from all group members to provide the information listed in this form, as well as photocopies of their vaccination certificates, to the relevant Government ministries in Israel, if required to do so for contact tracing.
• Any documents and notifications with regard to this application shall be sent to my email address or phone number, as listed in this form.
• I shall be the direct, constant contact person during the visit of the overseas tourist group for all lawfully authorized entities in Israel.
• I undertake to immediately inform the Ministry of Tourism, at the following email address: Mitve20@tourism.gov.il of any change or update to any of the information I have provided in this application.

Full name
Completion date



Appendix C – Declaration by a Tourist and Consent to the Conditions of Entry and Stay in Israel

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Participating in the Pilot Groups that are intended to visit Israel(Update: 15th May 2021)

Pilot of foreign tourists groups who are vaccinated and want to visit Israel. The Ministry of Tourism invites the organizers of incoming tourism to participate in the process of distributing the first quota for bringing groups of foreign tourists who are vaccinated to Israel


1. General

In light of the moderation of the Corona epidemic and the improvement in the health situation in Israel, the decision of the Ministerial Committee to deal with the Corona crisis and its consequences dated 2.3.2021 (Kor / 160) stipulates that "work will be carried out by the Ministries of Health, Transport and Road Safety and Tourism." For the approval of the Ministerial Committee for Dealing with the Corona Crisis and its Consequences. "
In light of this decision, an inter-ministerial team with the participation of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Transport (Airports Authority), the Ministry of the Interior (Population and Immigration Authority), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism is interested in conducting a pilot test to host groups of foreign tourists vaccinated in Israel. Of the inbound tourism industry.
As part of the pilot, Israel will host 20 groups of foreign tourists who have undergone a vaccine recognized by the Ministry of Health, from countries with which a mutual recognition agreement will be signed or from countries approved by the Ministry of Health. Tourists will have to perform 2 PCR tests, one up to 72 hours before entering the country and one upon arrival, and a serological test at the entrance to Israel. These groups will be able to arrive in Israel, in accordance with the established procedure and which will be published on the website of the Ministry of Tourism.
In order to select the inbound tourism organizers who will be able to bring these groups during the initial pilot period, a link will open to the website of the Ministry of Tourism where the inbound tourism organizers will be able to apply to organize a group. The first 20 inbound tourism organizers to register, and who will prove compliance with the threshold conditions specified in the procedure, will receive the right to organize a group between 23.5.2021 and 15.6.2021 (bringing a group beyond these dates will require special approval from the Ministry of Tourism). Each incoming tourism organizer who has been granted the right will be entitled to organize only one group of at least 5 participants and no more than 30 participants, with the same citizenship.
The right is a conditional right. The inbound tourism organizer must submit to the Ministry of Tourism the documents proving compliance with the threshold conditions and specified in section 5 by the deadline for submission, set forth in section 4. If the inbound tourism organizer does not submit to the Ministry of Tourism all required documents, or if it turns out not to meet one of the threshold conditions. The right to organize a group will be immediately transferred to the next inbound tourism organizer on the waiting list. The inbound tourism organizer whose right has been revoked will be able to submit an attainment within 48 hours of the Ministry of Tourism`s notification of the right of revocation.


2. Registration procedure and quota distribution

  1. An inbound tourism organizer who meets the threshold conditions and is interested in participating in the procedure, will fill in his details in a link to the system published in this procedure on the date specified in section 4.
  2. The system will open for the submission of applications on the set date, and will be closed for the submission of applications after 40 applications have been submitted, or on the date set in section 4, whichever is earlier.
  3. The Ministry of Tourism will send an email to registrants with their number in the registration queue. The order of the registration queue will be determined by the time the application is received in the system, the first 20 will receive the right to bring a group, and the other 20 will enter the waiting list.
  4. Duplicate requests from inbound tourism organizers will be automatically deleted.
  5. The first 20 applicants will be given a conditional right to bring a group, and must send the documents proving their compliance with the threshold conditions by the deadline set in section 4.
  6. An inbound tourism organizer who does not submit the documents listed in section 5 on the date his right will be revoked, and it will be transferred to the next tourism organizer on the waiting list.
  7. The professional bodies in the Ministry of Tourism will examine the documents indicating compliance with the threshold conditions, as well as the identity between them and the details of the incoming tourism organizer submitting the application.
  8. After reviewing the documents, the Ministry of Tourism will update the inbound tourism organizers who have submitted full forms regarding their compliance with the threshold conditions.
  9. The right to bring a group belongs to the inbound tourism organizer who submits the application, and is not transferable.


3. Acquisition procedure

An inbound tourism organizer who has had his right revoked will be able to submit an achievement by the deadline set in section 4. The achievement will be submitted to the email address Mitve20@tourism.gov.il together with reasons and all the relevant documents to prove compliance with the threshold conditions.
Achievement will be reviewed by the VP of Tourism Experience, the Attorney General or his representative and the accountant or his representative, and will send a response to the applicant within 2 business days.


4. Deadlines
  1. Date of opening of the system for registering inbound tourism organizers - Wednesday, May 19, 2121, 8:00 AM, at 10:00.
  2. The closing date of the system will be on Wednesday, May 19, 2121, on Sivan 5771, at 22:00, or after the registration of 40 inbound tourism organizers, whichever is earlier.
  3. Upon closing the system will send an email on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism confirming the receipt of the right to organize a group.
  4. The deadline for submitting the documents attesting to compliance with the threshold conditions specified in section 5 - Sunday, May 23, 2021, 12 Sivan 5771. 4.5 An email from the Ministry of Tourism regarding an update on meeting the threshold conditions for submitting full forms will be sent on Monday, May 24, 21, Sivan 5771.
  5. Deadline for submitting objections - Wednesday, May 26, 2121, Tu Sivan 5771.

5. Threshold conditions for participation Eligible to participate in the initial quota distribution process are inbound tourism organizers who meet the following threshold conditions:
  1. The organizer of the inbound tourism is a corporation registered in Israel, or an individual who is a resident of Israel (a permit must be attached).
  2. The Inbound Tourism Organizer has a valid certificate for the management of account books and records under the Public Bodies Transactions Law (Enforcement of Account Management and Payment of Tax Debts), 5736-1976 (the certificate must be attached). third. Had an annual turnover from inbound tourism of $ 250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand) US dollars in 2019, or on average in the three years preceding 2020 (an accountant`s certificate must be attached). • In this regard, the determining dollar exchange rate is its representative rate on Wednesday, May 19, 2121, 8 Sivan 5771
  3. The inbound tourism organizer, the owner or the director of the travel agency did not act in a way that constitutes a violation of the Tourism Services Law 1976 or regulations that were enacted

And by virtue of it, and have not been convicted of an offense which by reason of its nature, gravity or circumstances they are not fit to serve as an incoming tourism organizer in the five years preceding the publication of this call. God. No repeated and justified complaints have been received against the incoming tourism organizer regarding the quality of the travel agency services it has provided in the last five years prior to the publication of this call.


6. Management and supervision

The staff of the Ministry of Tourism, headed by Senior Vice President of Tourism Experience, will manage the process. The Attorney General or his representative and the accountant of the firm or his representative, will oversee the process and maintain a protocol for describing the process.


7. Questions and clarifications

For questions and clarifications, please contact the email address: Mitve20@tourism.gov.il Contact: Ms. Rakefet Levy, Director of Division A, Tourism Services

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Q & A about the travel protocol (Update: 4th May 2021)

  1. Question: Who pays for the tourist tests - PCR / serological?
    Answer: The tourist himself is responsible for paying for the tests.

  2. Question: How much do the tests cost?
    Answer: PCR - about 45 / NIS serological - still unknown.

  3. Question: Is it possible to perform the test in the country of origin 72 hours before?
    Answer: At the moment they want to do the tests in the country.

  4. Question: Can we put the test in the package and pay for it in advance?
    Answer: Not yet known.

  5. Question: What happens if the serological test comes out negative?
    Answer: The tourist goes into isolation. We are trying to handle a procedure that will be returned to his country on the first flight.

  6. Question: Will there be a SMILE VIP service that will go the whole route with the group?
    Answer: That`s probably what it`s going to be. Smile will take the tourists off the plane until the procedure is completed.

  7. Question: What happens to entry and exit at land border crossings?
    Answer: At the moment, exit will be allowed, and entry from the land border crossings will not be allowed.

  8. Question: Do we need to get a copy of each tourist`s insurance and do we need to sign the tourist That the isolation, if necessary, at his expense?
    Answer: Highly recommended. The responsibility will roll over to you in case there is a problem.

  9. Question: Are we legally allowed to demand a green card from the driver and guide?
    Answer: As per law you are required to demand.

  10. Question: Does a driver and guide have to be 7/24 with the group?
    Answer: Yes. Including accommodation.

  11. Question: What happens to a change in driver and guide placement?
    Answer: In the pilot phase at least one must adhere to the guidelines.

  12. Question: How long does it take to process the application from the moment it is submitted to the Ministry of Tourism?
    Answer: about 10 days.

  13. Question: What happens to groups that invite in September and number 50-40 people?
    Answer: Unknown. Apparently by then the group will be able to be together on one bus, given the change in guidelines The generality in the country.

  14. Question: What is the group size?
    Answer: Between 5 and 30 people.

  15. Question: If my group numbers more than 30 people, what do I do?
    Answer: Divide into two groups. Includes filling out forms for each group separately.

  16. Question: What is the details of the visit route written in the procedure, should I please specify each day by hours And activities?
    Answer: You should write the plan for each day and accurately document the activities during the visit The group. Includes entry and exit time from anywhere. A stop to the bathroom should also be documented.

  17. Question: When will the forms be available?
    Answer: Probably in a few days.

  18. Question: What about an independent departure of tourists or a day off for a group?
    Answer: At the moment it is forbidden, as long as the guide can control the tourists.

  19. Question: For how long has the outline of the pilot been determined?
    Answer: 3 weeks. Then, according to the results, the afterwards procedures will be determined.

  20. Question: What about payment to airlines that require payment 60 days in advance and we will not be able to know if the group Will you receive a permit to enter the country?
    Answer: You must insure yourself with the airlines with the ability to cancel the tickets in full In case something happens that is not up to you.

  21. Question: Who pays for the insulation, is it included in the tourist`s insurance?
    Answer: There is currently no insurance that includes insulation to the best of our knowledge. The tourist himself has to pay for the insulation.

  22. Question: Where can we find the list of countries with which we have an agreement?
    Answer: Such lists are not currently published.

  23. Question: Would it be advisable to offer tourists Israeli insurance that includes everything?
    Answer: There is no such insurance.

  24. Question: What about cruises that come to Ashdod or Haifa?
    Answer: They are not currently included in the procedure.

  25. Question: When will individual tourists be allowed to enter?
    Answer: In our estimation not long after the pilot.

  26. Question: How long does it take to get an answer for a PCR test and a serological test?
    Answer: For a PCR test - 24 hours, during which the tourist will stay in isolation. Serological examination - it will take several hours during which the tourist will stay in an isolation tent in the field.

  27. Question: Who will be charged for the two available rooms in the hotel on the side of the isolator`s room?
    Answer: Not clear.

  28. Question: What is the procedure for domestic flights in Israel?
    Answer: As soon as a tourist enters and passes the tests, he receives a green card, through which he can conduct himself in the country On flights, websites, etc.

  29. Question: What happens to children?
    Answer: At the moment they are not vaccinated and therefore cannot enter.

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Outline for Group travel to Israel (Update: 29th Apr 2021)

The following is the basic outline for the resumption of tourism to Israel, based on the agreements between the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, and the Population and Immigration Authority:

When?
  1. Starting May 23, 2021, a limited number of groups will be able to enter in a trial stage.
  2. Starting mid-June, all groups will be able to enter
  3. Starting in July, all vaccinated tourists will be able to enter
Which vaccinations are accepted?
  1. At this point, all vaccinations recognized by the FDA (US) or EMA (EU) are recognized by Israel.
  2. Vaccinations are verified through two possible tracks:
    • Bilateral agreements giving countries the tools to verify a passenger`s status before departure. Israel signed a first such agreement with Bahrain, and conversations are ongoing with many countries to advance more agreements on this issue.
    • For those from a country without a bilateral agreement, serological tests will be conducted to verify the existence of antibodies in the passengers` system. The tests will be rapidly conducted at Ben Gurion Airport, with minimal waiting time for an answer.
What does a group mean? What will it need to do?
  1. Groups will be organized by licensed Israeli companies and operators.
  2. Groups can number between 5 and 30 people, so long as all are of the same nationality.
  3. Every group will have set itinerary, and will have to adhere to all COVID-related regulations in place during its visit.
  4. Each group will have a designated tour guide and bus driver, both of whom are vaccinated.
How will groups register?
  1. Group organizers will have to register the group at the Ministry of Tourism, at least 10 days prior to the planned trip.
  2. The Ministry of Tourism will confirm the organizer meets all the requirements, has filled relevant forms and provided the needed documents, and then pass the information on to the Immigration Authorities who will clear the passports for entry.