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Link to form that needs to be filled out within 48 hours of flight to Israel

Accordingly, the FINAL criteria For entering Israel are as follows - you must meet ONE of these conditions in order to enter Israel:

1. Vaccinated within 180 days of the trip with either a second vaccine or a booster and it must be at least 14 days after the shot.

2. Recovered within 180 days of the trip with DIGITAL proof of a positive PCR result and more than 11 days have passed since the positive result. This type of proof only exists in the EU. The UK will likely have it as well.

3. Recovered anytime even more than 180 days before the trip - with DIGITAL proof of positive PCR result AND vaccinated with at least one dose within 180 days of the trip. Again at the moment the digital proof only exists in the EU and possibly the UK shortly.

Your vaccination or recovery CANNOT expire while in Israel, which means you may not be in Israel more than 180 days after your vaccine or recovery have expired.

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING THE TERMS OF ENTRY: VIOLATION OF ANY OF THE ABOVE CRITERIA CAN MEAN SANCTIONS INCLUDING BARRING YOUR ENTRY TO ISRAEL FOR 5 YEARS.

Link to pay for the Covid test that you'll take upon arrival in TLV

Author Topic: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread  (Read 720051 times)

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6500 on: March 31, 2022, 11:30:31 AM »
What about using a VIP service, does that help now?
I can't find one that's accepting bookings until after Pesach
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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6501 on: March 31, 2022, 11:43:57 AM »
What about using a VIP service, does that help now?
Most VIP companies are operating at full capacity as well. So they either don't take new bookings, or they cancel many existing ones.

Also I find that their is close to new value ex-tlv, because they are no longer allowed to cut the business line.

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6502 on: March 31, 2022, 11:52:32 AM »
Most VIP companies are operating at full capacity as well. So they either don't take new bookings, or they cancel many existing ones.

Also I find that their is close to new value ex-tlv, because they are no longer allowed to cut the business line.
They used to do a separate security check downstairs in arrivals in a special corner. Last few times they didn't do that.
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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6503 on: March 31, 2022, 11:55:32 AM »
They used to do a separate security check downstairs in arrivals in a special corner. Last few times they didn't do that.
They are facing the same capacity constraints as the rest of us  :(

Also at the LY biz counter, they used to cut everyone. Last time I flew i saw the LY manager send them to the back of the line

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6504 on: March 31, 2022, 11:56:45 AM »
They are facing the same capacity constraints as the rest of us  :(
This is from a few months ago, before it started getting legit busy.
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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6505 on: March 31, 2022, 11:59:04 AM »
This is from a few months ago, before it started getting legit busy.
A few month ago there was even less capacity.

Today despite the massive traffic they still haven't reinstated the dedicated x-ray  line for biz  :'(

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6506 on: March 31, 2022, 01:14:46 PM »
They are facing the same capacity constraints as the rest of us  :(

Also at the LY biz counter, they used to cut everyone. Last time I flew i saw the LY manager send them to the back of the line

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6507 on: April 01, 2022, 03:12:04 AM »
I'm trying this on Sunday, ahead of our flight on Monday BH
Only because I'm in the neighborhood anyway, otherwise I don't think it's necessarily worth it



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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6508 on: April 01, 2022, 05:15:34 AM »
I'm trying this on Sunday, ahead of our flight on Monday BH
Only because I'm in the neighborhood anyway, otherwise I don't think it's necessarily worth it


I'm thinking of trying it too. I believe it's only to certain destinations.
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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6509 on: April 01, 2022, 05:48:02 AM »
I'm thinking of trying it too. I believe it's only to certain destinations.



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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6510 on: April 01, 2022, 07:12:23 AM »
Data point: My son flew out of TLV yesterday. His flight departed at 6:35 am. He went to the airport with some other bochurim with earlier flights, so he arrived at 2:45 am, about as middle of the night as you can get.

He said it was still a balagan, and it took him about 80 minutes to clear security. He did mention that they were asking if anyone was at risk of missing a flight and moved those people to the front of the line, but I would not count on that being the daily practice.
Many flights leave TLV 5-6am. Midday should be emptier.
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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6511 on: April 01, 2022, 09:29:59 AM »
Many flights leave TLV 5-6am. Midday should be emptier.
The line for a 10:30 AM flight was exactly the same as that of a 4:50 AM yesterday.
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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6512 on: April 01, 2022, 09:38:19 AM »
Many flights leave TLV 5-6am. Midday should be emptier.
That is probably the peak. All the flights to Europe leave then. On the other hand it is spread between many airlines and the staffing may be more proportionate.
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« Reply #6513 on: April 01, 2022, 09:39:53 AM »
That is probably the peak. All the flights to Europe leave then. On the other hand it is spread between many airlines and the staffing may be more proportionate.
Most of the backup is the initial Israeli security screening.
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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6514 on: April 02, 2022, 10:21:52 PM »
If anyone is flying ITA from Israel make sure to bring a k95 mask or they won't let you on the plane

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6515 on: April 03, 2022, 06:41:26 PM »
We're vaccinated and boosted U.S. citizens going to Israel for Pesach. I have a few questions.

Arriving foreign nationals need a PCR test within 72 hours before arrival. I spoke to a local person who does PCR tests and was told that insurance no longer covers it unless you're not feeling well or have been exposed. The price for private pay was $125. Is this the going rate?

To get a Green Pass that will exempt you from entering isolation if exposed to confirmed COVID case in Israel, you need a digital certificate of vaccination (or recovery). The U.S. doesn't have this, but according to https://corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/certificates-recognized-by-israel/,
"In addition to countries and territories, there are organizations in North America - for example in Canada, New York and California - that are affiliated with the VCI Directory and produce vaccination certificates (but not recovery certificates) that Israel can verify. These certificates are called Smart Health Cards, and you can check if they are verified in Israel by scanning the QR code on the Traffic Light app."

Where in the New York area can one get this? Does the NYS Excelsior Pass work?

How long does it typically take to get results of the PCR test given in Ben Gurion?

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6516 on: April 03, 2022, 07:07:54 PM »
We're vaccinated and boosted U.S. citizens going to Israel for Pesach. I have a few questions.

Arriving foreign nationals need a PCR test within 72 hours before arrival. I spoke to a local person who does PCR tests and was told that insurance no longer covers it unless you're not feeling well or have been exposed. The price for private pay was $125. Is this the going rate? 

Every place is different but it's not outrageous

To get a Green Pass that will exempt you from entering isolation if exposed to confirmed COVID case in Israel, you need a digital certificate of vaccination (or recovery). The U.S. doesn't have this, but according to https://corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/certificates-recognized-by-israel/,
"In addition to countries and territories, there are organizations in North America - for example in Canada, New York and California - that are affiliated with the VCI Directory and produce vaccination certificates (but not recovery certificates) that Israel can verify. These certificates are called Smart Health Cards, and you can check if they are verified in Israel by scanning the QR code on the Traffic Light app."

All you need to do is fill out the health declaration form within 48 hours of travel and you will get the green pass.  Only for vaccinated I believe.

Where in the New York area can one get this? Does the NYS Excelsior Pass work? No.  USA is not recognized by Israel as digital

How long does it typically take to get results of the PCR test given in Ben Gurion?  A few hours

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6517 on: April 04, 2022, 01:24:33 AM »
Does a student visa holder need a PCR before flying to Israel?

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6518 on: April 04, 2022, 02:52:15 AM »
Does a student visa holder need a PCR before flying to Israel?
yes

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Re: Israel And Ben Gurion COVID-19 Reopening Master Thread
« Reply #6519 on: April 04, 2022, 04:29:38 PM »
Where can I get the COVID insurance coverage Israel requires?