Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 28 November 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Israeli time
Note: Updated information is in red. 


Please note that the Government of Israel has decided to bar foreign nationals (tourists) from entering the country beginning midnight Sunday 28 November 2021 for a period of fourteen days. 

Those friends who are invited for a brief visit for dates from 1 to 12 December 2021 will receive further communication from the Department of Pilgrimage.


The most recent guidance from the Universal House of Justice regarding pilgrimage and brief visits to the Bahá’í World Centre is provided below.  On this page you may also view information regarding Travel Restrictions, including:

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


The following extract is from a letter dated 29 October 2021 written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies.

"In the letter dated 8 July 2021 written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, the hope was expressed that brief visitors would before long be invited to the Holy Land and that the new pilgrimage season would begin in January 2022.  In this regard, the House of Justice has asked us to convey the following.

Although the world-wide coronavirus pandemic continues to be a source of considerable concern, the increasing availability of effective vaccines and testing in many parts of the world means that it is now possible for immunized individuals to travel to and gain entry to the Holy Land.  Furthermore, the health regulations currently in place in Israel are not expected to have an impact on the free movement of visitors and the scheduled activities of pilgrims.  Accordingly, the House of Justice is happy to once again welcome pilgrims to the Holy Land starting from Monday, 17 January 2022.

Before then, however, the friends will be able to pay brief visits to the Bahá’í World Centre in the period from Wednesday, 1 December 2021 to sunset on Sunday, 26 December 2021 and then from Saturday, 8 January 2022 onward; that is, from after the end of the Centenary Commemoration of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá up until the arrival of participants for the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors and Auxiliary Board Members and again, indefinitely, after the close of the Conference.

Information regarding immunization requirements and any future changes to conditions and restrictions will be available on the pilgrimage website at pilgrimage.bwc.org and will be communicated to pilgrims and visitors who may be affected.  In addition, friends are strongly advised to monitor the entry requirements of the government of Israel and the travel advisories issued by authorities in their own countries.

Be assured of the prayers of the House of Justice at the Sacred Threshold that the friends of God will, once again, have the possibility of visiting the Holy Shrines."


TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Visitors are able to travel to Israel according to the dates outlined in the letter above written on behalf of the Unversal House of Justice as long as they meet certain conditions related to immunity, country of residence, and PCR testing.  Certain regulations apply for entry into Israel, upon arrival, and on departure from Israel.  Visitors must review the regulations in place for departing from and returning to their own countries.

a. Requirements for Entry into Israel

i.  Who may enter Israel
Visitors may enter Israel from:
    • All countries which are not considered a 'red' country by Israel’s Ministry of Health (either travelling directly from or having been there in the two weeks before travel to Israel).  You may check the status of your country at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/country-status/.  
    • Travel with a connecting flight which passes through a red country is not considered entering from a red country as long as you did not leave the airport.
    • Currently, entry is only possible through Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv (not via the land or sea border crossings with Egypt and Jordan).
ii.  Proof of Immunity (Vaccination or Recovery Requirements)
Visitors are allowed to enter Israel as long as they meet one of the following conditions, which apply to both adults and children, regardless of age:
    • Vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine - Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra ZenecaCovishield, Sinovak, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson - and starting 15 November 2021, Sputnik V vaccine (subject to positive result on a serologic test taken in Israel);
      • Vaccinated with two doses (or one dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) with the latest vaccine received at least 14 days before arrival in Israel (but no more than 180 days at the day of departure from Israel), or
      • Vaccinated with the booster shot received at least 14 days before arrival in Israel
OR
    • Recovered from COVID in the last 6 months and able to present a digital recovery certificate* based on a positive result in a NAAT test (a test that detects genetic material, such as PCR) at least 11 days before arrival in Israel; OR
    • Recovered from COVID, can present a positive test result in a NAAT test (a test that detects genetic material, such as PCR) and have received at least 1 dose of a WHO approved vaccine.  The positive COVID result must be more than 6 months before arrival in Israel.  Please note that a single dose of Sputnik V vaccine is not yet recognized for this purpose.
*The list of countries that issue digital recovery certification that can be verified by the Ministry of Health is available here.
iii. Additional Requirements to Enter Israel
In addition to what is listed above, the following are required before departure to Israel:
  1. Negative test results to a PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure to Israel (test results must be in English)
    AND
  2. An Entry Statement Form submitted online up to 24 hours before departure to Israel.  The form is available at https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-entry-to-israel-covid19.  As part of the form visitors will either:
    • Enter their vaccinations and attach the vaccination confirmations.  If vaccination meets the immunity requirements the visitors will receive a green pass before boarding the flight; OR
    • Upload an approved digital vaccination or recovery certificate and receive a green pass before boarding the flight; 
      AND
    • Medical insurance covering coronavirus infection during visit of Israel. 

b. Upon Arrival in Israel

Upon arrival in Israel, all travellers must take a PCR test at the airport.  This is required to leave the airport.
    • The PCR test at the airport costs approximately NIS 115 if paying in cash; or NIS 80 if prepaid using a link that is provided upon submission of the online Entry Statement Form.  
    • Travellers entering based on having received the Sputnik V vaccine will need to have a PCR test and a serology (antibody) test at Ben Gurion airport upon arrival in Israel.   Visitors must remain in isolation until testing negative on the PCR test and positive on the antibody test.  Travellers whose antibody test is negative will be required to return to their country of origin.
    • 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.  In the unlikely event that a PCR test is positive visitors will be required to stay in quarantine in their hotel, or a government contracted quarantine hotel, for 14 days.
    • Visitors are permitted to use public transportation to travel to their accommodation.

c. Departure from Israel

The following are required before departure from Israel:

  1. Negative test results to a PCR test (estimated cost is NIS 100) taken in the 72 hours before departure from Israel; 
    AND
  2. An Exit Statement submitted online up to 24 hours before departure.  The form is available at https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-depart-from-israel-covid19.

Please note that masks are required to be worn in most buildings in Israel including Ben Gurion airport.  Health regulations that apply during your time in Israel will be explained during registration.