COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [06/12/2022]

Media Statement: CDC Rescinds Order Requiring Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Prior to Flight to the US 

***Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

If you are a U.S. citizen in Israel and you have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to know what to do next, please click here.

Israel 

Country-Specific Information

Israel has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Please see the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) guidance and/or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) instructional videos and guidelines regarding personal movement, gatherings, transportation, and businesses. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Israel? [Yes]
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? [Yes]
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: COVID-19 Travel Guidance for U.S. Citizens
    • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email one of the following: for U.S. citizens, JerusalemACS@state.gov or TelAvivACS@state.gov.
  • If the location you are traveling to requires getting tested before leaving Israel, you can schedule a testing appointment at your own expense with one of the medical centers in Israel offering coronavirus tests.
  • The Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) maintains a list of medical centers for viral COVID-19 testing:  Leaving Israel – Corona Traffic Light Model (Ramzor) Website (health.gov.il). Many local hospitals, clinics, and laboratories offer testing for travel purposes.  Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care.  Testing costs vary, however, testing in a state hospital costs NIS 297 max per test.  Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines and those of your airline.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
  • COVID-19 International Travel. Entry to and Exit from Israel
  • Information for Tourists
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
  • As of 00:00 on Saturday, May 21, 2022 (Friday midnight going into Saturday), travelers will no longer be required to take a PCR test upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport or be required to provide a negative test prior to boarding a flight to Israel.
  • Within 48 hours before their flight to Israel, the earlier the better, all passengers must submit an online entry statement.  You will receive a response immediately indicating whether you will be cleared or refused to board your flight
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? [Yes]

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? [No]
  • Ministry of Health up-to-date guidance including restrictions on the economy, education, gatherings, and travel, rules and information about restricted areas can be found here.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]
  • Please refer to the Israel Airports Authority regarding the status and working hours for land border crossings.

Quarantine Information

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
  • Flights to and from airports in Israel may be suspended or rerouted by the Israeli government at any time. Airlines may also cancel their flights with little or no warning, making availability limited and unpredictable. Flight arrivals and departures have been subject to frequent change, and we anticipate that continuing to be the case.
  • Unfortunately, the embassy is not able to assist with arranging commercial travel options. U.S. citizens in Israel are encouraged to contact their airline directly for the most up to date information.
    American Airlines: Local: 03-721-9497, U.S.: 1-800-433-7300
    United Airlines:  Local: 03-5116787, U.S.: 1-800-225-8610
    El Al Airlines:  Local: 03-977-1111:  Local:  03-513-8000, U.S.:  1-800-221-1212
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]
  • See the National Public Transport Authority
  • Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)
  • Non-compliance with safety measures could result in fines, business closure, or imprisonment.  

West Bank

Country-Specific Information

The areas of the West Bank under Government of Israel control fall under the Israeli guidelines listed above. The areas of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority control fall under the Palestinian Authority guidelines listed below.

The Palestinian Authority has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the West Bank.  The latest information can be found in Arabic only on the PA Ministry of Health website

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the West Bank? [Yes]
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? [Yes]
  • To take the COVID test in the West Bank, contact: 059-8762253, or https://medicare.ps/
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email one of the following:  for U.S. citizens, JerusalemACS@state.gov or TelAvivACS@state.gov; for non-citizens JerusalemNIV@state.gov or NIVTelAviv@state.gov.  For more information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the Palestinian Authority approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  [Yes]
  • Are vaccines available in the West Bank for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes]
  • Which vaccines are available in the West Bank?
    • Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna (only for healthcare workers), Sinopharm, Sputnik
  • For vaccine availability, refer to the latest information (in Arabic only) on the PA Ministry of Health website.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  ​Please follow local developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.  

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [Yes]
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? [Yes]
  • The Palestinian Authority requires all individuals who seek to enter the West Bank via the Allenby crossing to take a COVID -19 test within 72 hours.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen without a Palestinian Authority-issued ID card and no eligibility for a Palestinian ID card traveling from the West Bank to Ben Gurion airport for onward departure, no advanced coordination with any authority is required for travel via Ben Gurion Airport, including for U.S. citizens with a “Judea and Samaria visa.” Please appear at a checkpoint no earlier than six hours prior to your scheduled flight and present proof of travel.
  • For COVID-related restrictions at the border crossings for entry into Jordan, please see here:  https://jo.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.For latest information, please contact the Jordanian Mission in Ramallah at ramallah@fm.gov.jo or by phone at 02-2974625 or 02-2974626.
  • Jerusalem ID holders, including U.S. citizens, can travel to Jerusalem from Jordan via Allenby Bridge with no prior coordination.
  • Foreign nationals who are not Palestinian Authority passport/ID holders must apply in advance to the Israeli government for a permit to enter the West Bank from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge: most recent guidance and entry application are available by the Israeli government at  https://www.gov.il/en/Departments/policies/judeaentry and https://corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/arriving-by-sea-and-land/.  To apply for this permit, send the West Bank Entry application to inquiries@cogat.gov.il.
  • U.S. citizens with a Palestinian Authority-issued ID card may contact the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Foreign Affairs for assistance with departing the West Bank via the Allenby Bridge and Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan. For more information, please visit the PA MFA Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/mofa.pna or contact mofa@pna.ps 02-294-3140.

Movement Restrictions

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]
  • Please refer to the Allenby Bridge’s website regarding the status and working hours for land border crossings:  website.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [Yes]
    • The Palestinian Authority requires all individuals entering the West Bank via the Allenby crossing to take a COVID -19 test. If the result is positive, individuals will be required to quarantine in accordance with PA MOH requirements. If the result is negative, no quarantine is required.    

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
  • There is no airport in the West Bank.  Travelers can only enter the West Bank by land from Israel or Jordan.
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]  

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Non-compliance with safety measures could result in fines, business closure, or imprisonment. 

Gaza  

Country-Specific Information

There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Gaza   

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Gaza? [Yes]
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? [Yes]
  • COVID-19 tests are currently available at clinics including the Palestinian Medical Relief Society 00972562020500 as well as some local hospitals and clinics in Gaza
  • Persons who have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive case may contact the local health authorities in Gaza via WhatsApp at (00970599503103).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the de facto authority in Gaza approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
  • Are vaccines available in Gaza for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes]
  • Which vaccines are available in Gaza?
  • Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik
  • The de facto authority Ministry of Health in Gaza is administering vaccinations. For information on public medical services, including vaccinations, you may contact the local health authorities by dialing 103 or 1800 444 666.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [No]
  • The de facto authority in Gaza stated that travel in and out of Gaza will only be permitted for urgent humanitarian cases through Erez and Rafah crossings and that those coming into Gaza will be required to take a COVID-19 test and quarantine for a mandatory period of seven days (with a negative COVID-19 test) or 21 days (with a positive COVID-19 test).
  • Rafah crossing is currently open in both directions, except for Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Only individuals with a Palestinian Authority-issued ID card will be allowed to enter Gaza through Erez and Rafah crossings.
  • Individuals seeking to depart Gaza via Rafah crossing are required to register with the de facto Ministry of Interior at the Abu Khadra complex in Gaza City.
  • The Government of Israel has stated that travel in and out of Gaza through Erez Crossing is restricted to urgent humanitarian cases only.
  • The Department of State warns  U.S. citizens against anytravel to Gaza and urges those present to depart. If you are a U.S. citizen in Gaza who wishes to return to the United States, please contact the Embassy at JerusalemACS@state.govbefore making your travel arrangements.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
  • Are health screening procedures in place at border crossing or checkpoints?  [Yes]

Movement Restrictions 

  • Is a curfew in place? [No]
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [Yes]
  • Wearing of face masks is strictly enforced, including indoor areas and vehicles

Health Information

  • The European Hospital and the Palestinian Turkish Friendship Hospital have been designated as pandemic treatment centers.
  • For information on public medical services, including medications, you may contact the local health authorities in Gaza by dialing 103 or 1800 444 666.

Transportation Options 

  • Are commercial flights operating? [No]
  • There is no airport in Gaza.  Travelers can only enter Gaza by land from Israel or Egypt.
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • While in Gaza, U.S. citizens are subject to all local rules and regulations regarding quarantine and other public health matters.

Consular Operations 

  • Please see here for updated information on passport operations and services at the Embassy in Jerusalem and Branch Office in Tel Aviv.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv remain have resumed limited immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. Please see https://il.usembassy.gov/visas/ for more information.  

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