Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 18 May 2022 at 8:45 a.m. Israeli time 
Note: Updated information is in red.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of all the many pilgrims and visitors who wish to come to the Holy Land, now that the doors are open, as well as the staff of the Bahá’í World Centre, for the time being it remains necessary for all those intending to come to have coronavirus immunity, either through vaccination and boosters according to WHO standards, or Sputnik, or through recovery from coronavirus disease.  

Information regarding vaccines, recovery, and PCR testing is provided below. 

As regulations may frequently change, you are strongly advised to regularly review this page, and monitor the requirements of the Bahá’í World Centre, the government of Israel, as well as the travel advisories issued by your own countries and the airlines with which you intend to travel.


a.  Vaccines
The following vaccines are recognized:
  • WHO approved vaccines, including  Pfizer-BioNTechModernaAstra ZenecaCovishieldSinovak, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson. Sputnik is also accepted in Israel.
The following conditions are considered as fully vaccinated:
  • Two doses (or one dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine);
  • Vaccinated with the second dose at least 14 days before arrival in Israel (but no more than 180 days from the date of departure from Israel); OR
  • Vaccinated with the booster dose received at least 14 days before arrival in Israel. 
  • A combination of vaccine types is recognized as vaccinated.
b.  Recovery
Those who have recovered from COVID are asked to obtain documented evidence of their recovery.

Please ensure to bring your vaccination or recovery document with you as you may be asked to present it.

Vaccination or recovery requirements apply to all individuals aged 5 and over. Unvaccinated children who are under 5 must be accompanied by their vaccinated parent(s).

c.  Additional Requirements before travelling to Israel and on arrival.
The following are required before departure to Israel:
Note: Starting 21 May 2022, presentation of COVID test results before departing to Israel, as described below, will no longer be required.
  • Negative results to a PCR test taken in the 72 hours before the flight to Israel. If your itinerary includes a connecting flight to Israel and the layover time between the first flight and the flight landing in Israel is more than 24 hours, you are required to take the PCR test in the 72 hours before the departure of the flight landing in Israel; OR
  • Negative results to a rapid (antigen) test, taken by professional samplers (not an at-home test) in the 24 hours before the flight to Israel; OR
  • Positive results to a PCR test, or a rapid (antigen) test at an authorized testing site, taken at least 8 days and no more than 3 months before departure to Israel, for those who have recovered from COVID-19; AND
  • Evidence of health insurance with coverage for the treatment of COVID-19; AND
  • An Entry Statement Form submitted online within 48 hours of departure to Israel.  The form is available at https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-entry-to-israel-covid19.  
Note: All test results must be in English.

All travellers arriving in Israel on or before 20 May 2022 must take a PCR test at the airport.   This is required to leave the airport. Starting 21 May 2022, COVID testing on arrival will not be necessary.
  • The PCR test at the airport costs NIS 115 if paying in cash (foreign currencies are not accepted); NIS 79 if paying at the airport by credit card, or NIS 63.20 if prepaid using this link https://testngo.femi.com/en/sign-in.
  • After leaving the airport, all visitors must go to their accommodation and remain in isolation until results of their tests are received.  This can take up to 24 hours but usually takes less.
  • Visitors who are confirmed as COVID-19 patients during their stay in Israel may be transported by ambulance to a managed isolation facility for their recovery period and will pay the expenses of the ambulance transport, stay in the managed isolation facility and medical care.
d.  Requirements before departure from Israel.
Depending on the requirements of the country you are returning to, you may need a PCR or rapid (antigen) test before departure from Israel.

Please note that, until 21 May 2022, masks are required to be worn during international flights. While the wearing of masks is optional at other times, you are encouraged to wear a mask inside public buildings, when using public transportation, and in crowded areas.   Health regulations that apply during your time in Israel will be explained during registration.