Israel to scrap pre-departure COVID-19 testing for tourists from May 21, Israel

In a bid to boost tourism, Israel announced the abolition of pre-arrival testing for tourists from May 21. The latest COVID-19 travel update was shared by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism in which it said the rule will come into effect at 12:01 AM on May 21 and it will apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. .

The country is also removing the need to get tested on arrival, making it easier for travelers. But visitors will still have to complete an entry declaration form before leaving. Eyal Carlin, the tourism commissioner for North America, told a leading travel website: “This new development in Israel’s testing and entry conditions is another fantastic step in being able to welcome visitors back to Israel”.

He added that with tourists now planning their summer and fall trips, it will make traveling to Israel easier. The tourism department hopes this further easing of restrictions will allow even more visitors to enjoy the country.

From now on, visitors to Israel must show their negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours. They must also get tested with another PCR test when they arrive in Israel and remain isolated in a hotel room until they get the negative results or for up to 24 hours.

If a traveler had COVID-19 and recovered, they must present proof of this instead of a PCR test. but now all these rules will be relaxed and entering the country will become easier and hassle-free.

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