Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: 12 August 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Israeli time 
Note: Updated information is in red.

While it is appreciated that there may be reasons why a person may choose not to be vaccinated, for the time being, in spite of the government of Israel’s relaxation of regulations related to COVID-19, it remains necessary for all those intending to come on pilgrimage or a brief visit to have coronavirus immunity. This requirement is in place to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all the pilgrims and visitors, many of whom may only have one chance in their lifetimes to come to the Holy Land, and also to reduce the risk to staff of the Bahá’í World Centre where circumstances are such that the infection of even a small number of staff can be disruptive to its functioning.  

Coronavirus immunity may be obtained either through vaccination and boosters recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), or the Sputnik vaccine, or through recovery from coronavirus disease. Information regarding vaccines and recovery is provided below. 

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

a.  Vaccination requirements:
The following vaccines are recognized:
  • WHO approved vaccines, including  Pfizer-BioNTechModernaAstra ZenecaCovishieldSinovak, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson. The Sputnik vaccine is also accepted.
Visitors to the World Centre are asked to be vaccinated to the extent that it is possible in their countries. The following conditions are considered as fully vaccinated:
  • Two appropriately spaced vaccine doses (or one dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine);
  • Vaccinated with the second dose at least 14 days before arrival to the World Centre (but no more than 180 days from the date of departure from the World Centre); OR
  • Vaccinated with the booster dose received at least 14 days before arrival to the World Centre. Note: Should a fourth dose be available, it should be obtained. 
  • A combination of vaccine types is recognized as vaccinated.
Consideration will be given to those visitors who reside in countries for which vaccinations and/or boosters may not be available. Please inform our Department of such circumstances when submitting documentation for the individuals in your pilgrimage request.

b.  Recovery requirements:
One of the following is required to provide evidence of recovery from COVID-19:
  • An official government recovery certificate from any country.
  • A letter from a physician, clinic or hospital stating that the person had, and has recovered from COVID-19, as diagnosed by a positive PCR or antigen test (the name of the person and the date of the positive test should be listed). 
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.  Requirements before travelling to Israel:
The following are required before departure to Israel: To avoid travelling while potentially infectious, you are encouraged to take an antigen test in the 24 hours before your flight to Israel. This may be self-administered. 

Additionally, to help you avoid becoming infected on your journey, you are advised to wear a mask during international travel.

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.

e.  General advice while in Israel.
You are advised to wear a mask during international travel, 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.