Israel drops RT-PCR test requirement for foreign visitors


In a bid to further extend the relief to international travellers, the Israeli government has now announced the lifting of the mandatory COVID-19 test requirement for visitors traveling to Israel. The Ministry of Health of the Government of Israel recently made this announcement and added that the RT-PCR test is no longer required for travelers entering Israel.

According to the statement released by the Israeli Ministry of Health, the requirement to present a negative RT-PCR test before departure, undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival, followed by isolation has also been removed. However, travelers should note that they will still need to complete a registration form within 48 hours of departing for Israel.

Additionally, according to another update, authorities have removed the mask mandate for international flights to and from Israel. This therefore means that travelers will no longer be required to wear a face mask when flying to Israel.

During a briefing on the revision of entry rules and requirements, Sammy Yahia, director of tourism in India and the Philippines, said that this new development of entry requirements to Israel is a big step forward to be able to welcome visitors back to Israel. This will make traveling to Israel easier and more relaxing, and adds that one can start one’s vacation as soon as one gets off the plane.

If reports are to be believed, Israel has over time seen a gradual recovery in inbound tourism to the country following the pandemic. According to reports, a total of 207,400 tourists visited Israel in April, which is closer to pre-Covid figures when the country saw 30,200 tourists in April 2021 and 405,000 in April 2019.


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