As of Saturday May 21, 2022, travelers can visit Israel without having to take a PCR test upon arrival.

Prior to this change, which was announced on Tuesday May 17, Israeli and foreign travelers were required to pay for and complete a PCR test upon landing. Travelers also had to isolate at their own expense for 24 hours or until their test results came back. Additionally, they had to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before traveling or a negative antigen test taken 24 hours before traveling.

Travelers will still have to fill out an entry statement form 48 hours before arrival, which was required before the pandemic began. 

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The Health Ministry’s declaration is a response to COVID-19’s decreasing mortality rate. It follows on the heels of the April 24th decision to lift Israel’s indoor mask mandate, save for high-risk and high-transmissibility areas such as old age homes, hospitals and airplanes. The mask mandate for airplanes will be removed on Monday May 23. 

The country has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases since lifting the indoor mask mandate. The average of new weekly cases increased by 2.2 percent on Monday May 16. As of Tuesday May 17, there are 15,476 active cases in the country.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz asserted that the decision to stop testing at airports can be reversed if cases of the virus begin increasing again. Horowitz and other Health Ministry officials have been discussing the possibility of allowing Israeli citizens who test positive for COVID-19 to not have to quarantine. 

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