COVID-19 in Israel
Key Information for Travelers to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
- Avoid travel to Israel.
- If you must travel to Israel, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
- Because of the current situation in Israel, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.
- Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Israel, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others.
- Level 4 Travel Health Notices may be determined by level of COVID-19 in the destination or other special considerations.
West Bank and Gaza
- Avoid travel to the West Bank and Gaza.
- If you must travel to the West Bank and Gaza, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
- Unvaccinated travelers should avoid travel to the West Bank and Gaza.
- Because of the current situation in the West Bank and Gaza, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.
Do not travel internationally until you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines. Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease and slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition to following the requirements for international travel, CDC recommends that all travelers be up to date with COVID-19 vaccines before traveling.
- Get tested with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before your trip.
- Self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
Before You Leave the United States
Make sure to plan ahead:
- Follow all airline requirements as well as any requirements at your destination, including mask wearing, proof of vaccination, testing, or quarantine.
- Requirements for travelers in other countries may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
Do NOT travel if…
- You are sick.
- You tested positive for COVID-19.
- Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.
- You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test.
- You had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine.
- Do not travel until a full 5 days after your last close contact with the person with COVID-19. It is best to avoid travel for a full 10 days after your last exposure.
- If you must travel during days 6 through 10 after your last exposure:
- Get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact. Make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling. If you don’t get tested, avoid travel until a full 10 days after your last close contact with a person with COVID-19.
- Properly wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel during days 6 through 10. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the days 6 through 10.
- If your test comes back positive while you are at your destination, you will need to isolate and postpone your return until it’s safe for you to end isolation. Your travel companions may need to quarantine.
If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19 but are NOT recommended to quarantine...
- Get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact. Make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling.
- If you travel during the 10 days after your last exposure, properly wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel during the 10 days. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days.
- Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required in indoor areas of public transportation (including on airplanes) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).
Protect Yourself and Others
- Follow all recommendations and requirements at your destination.
- Anyone 2 years or older should properly wear a well-fitting mask in indoor public spaces.
- In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider properly wearing a well-fitting mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not vaccinated and not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Before Traveling to the United States
Testing - ALL Travelers
Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show the following:
- A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
Children under 2 years old do not need to test. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about these requirements.
All air passengers to the United States are also required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States. This strengthens a travel process already in place to rapidly identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19. Access to travelers' contact information will allow U.S. federal, state, and local health departments and agencies to share appropriate health and public health information necessary to help keep the public safe.
After Arrival in the United States
You might have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels, whether you traveled by air, land, or sea. You might feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. For this reason, CDC recommends the following:
If You are NOT Vaccinated and Up to Date with your COVID-19 Vaccines
In addition to the recommendations above
- Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
- Follow additional recommendations below for ALL travelers.
If You Recovered from COVID-19 Recently
If you recovered from a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status), you do NOT need to get a test 3–5 days after travel. You also do not need to self-quarantine after travel. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after travel, isolate and consult with a healthcare provider for testing recommendations.
- How CDC Determines the Level of a Destination’s COVID-19 Travel Health Notice
- US Department of State: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Travel and COVID-19
- COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination
- Health Information for International Destinations
- Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic