Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 7 June 2022 at 4:25 p.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, 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.
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 make sure to bring your vaccination or recovery document with you as you will be asked to present it. The immunity requirements are for the health and wellbeing of all pilgrims, visitors and staff, and particularly the vulnerable and elderly.

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:
  • Evidence of health insurance with coverage for the treatment of COVID-19; AND
  • An Entry Statement Form submitted online within 10 days of departure to Israel.  The form is available at  
  • 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.
  • 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.