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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [04/20/21]

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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.

 Israel 

 Country-Specific Information

Israel has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

The Government of Israel announced updated guidelines and restrictions regarding personal movements and social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These guidelines include the requirement to wear a protective mask that covers the nose and mouth in public (see 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 (see MOH guidance).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Level 4 – Avoid all travel to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  For further information on COVID-19 and returning to the United States, please visit the CDC website for guidance on travel.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

U.S. citizens who wish to travel to the United States should arrange for immediate departure to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain in Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza for an indefinite period. The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights in Israel at this time.

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: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
    • 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
  • 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:  https://www.gov.il/en/Departments/Guides/flying-to-israel-guidlines?chapterIndex=4. 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 in a state hospital costs NIS 297 max per test. The cost can change from time to time.  Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines and those of your airline.
  • Please contact an Israeli healthcare provider and/or the Israeli Ministry of Health for further testing information. 

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information

 Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [Yes]
    • Effective midnight Saturday, January 23, 2021, all travelers entering Israel are required to obtain a negative PCR coronavirus test (no more than 72 hours prior to take-off) or confirmation of having been vaccinated against COVID-19. Each person over the age of two must submit documentation of a negative test result to board their flight to Israel.  Note that only PCR tests (swab test), not Antigen tests, are acceptable.  Those who have already recovered from a COVID-19 infection must provide the airline with a copy of a positive COVID-19 test and a letter from their medical provider documenting recovery and clearance to travel.  For more information see the Israeli Ministry of Health COVID-19 Air Transport website linked

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? [NO]
  • Ministry of Health up-to-date guidance during the current COVID-19 surge, including restrictions on the economy, education, gatherings, and travel, rules and information about restricted areas can be found here.
    • The Government of Israel may institute local or nation-wide lockdowns on short notice to contain the spread of COVID-19. This may include closing most businesses; curtailing residents’ movements, which may impede movement inside and between cities and a general curfew.  The latest information can be found on the Israeli Ministry of Health website.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [Yes]
  • Entry at the Jordan River land crossing is scheduled to operate up to twice per week
  • Land border crossings may be closed with little or no advance notice.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [Yes]
    • Please refer to the Israeli Ministry of Health’s instructions for quarantine and health precaution instructions, or call *5400 (in Israel only).
    • Arriving passengers from abroad, from all locations, may be required to go directly into Government of Israel-established quarantine centers for 10-day isolation (with 2 tests) or 14-day isolation.
    • Arriving passengers from abroad, from all locations may be allowed to go into isolation at home or in another accommodation where all isolation requirements can be met, instead of a motel, subject to Israeli government approval and may be suspended at any time.

Transportation Options

    • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
      • Flights from Ben Gurion airport are operating. Please contact your airline directly for more information.  Flight cancellations and suspensions can occur with little or no warning, making availability limited and unpredictable. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.
      • The Embassy is not able to assist with arranging commercial travel options. If your travel has been disrupted or to make travel arrangements, please contact your airline directly:
        Israir Airlines Rescue Flights:  https://www.israir.co.il/
        United Airlines:  Local: 03-5116787, U.S.: 1-800-225-8610
        El Al Airlines:  Local: 03-977-1111
        Delta Airlines:  Local:  03-513-8000, U.S.:  1-800-221-1212
      • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]
        • To reduce the risk of spread of the corona virus, the first row of seats on buses will be cordoned-off to reduce contact between passengers and bus drivers. On intercity bus routes, passengers will not be permitted to stand.
        • 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 West Bank has been under a state of emergency since March 5, 2020. The Palestinian Authority may institute local or West Bank-wide lockdowns on short notice to contain the spread of COVID-19.  This may include closing most businesses; curtailing residents’ movements, which may impede movement inside and between cities; a general curfew; and closures of the crossings between the West Bank and Israel. 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: https://medicare.ps/or 059-8762253
  • 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: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
  • 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.govor TelAvivACS@state.gov; for non-citizens JerusalemNIV@state.gov or NIVTelAviv@state.gov

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, AstraZeneca, Moderna (only for healthcare workers), Sinopharm, Sputnik
  • Vaccines are currently being prioritized for individuals over 75 years old, individuals with kidney disease, cancer patients, and healthcare workers. The latest information can be found (in Arabic only) on the PA Ministry of Health website. 
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.

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.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen without a Palestinian Authority-issued 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.
  • On March 24, the Government of Jordan announced that it will allow travelers, including U.S. citizens, who hold a Jerusalem ID and Jordanian passport to enter Jordan without prior reservation on the electronic platform.  Travelers must show a Jordanian passport (permanent or temporary), stamped travel permit, and PCR COVID-19 test that does not exceed 120 hours. Travelers will be required to do a PCR test upon the passenger arrival of the crossing. For latest information, please contact the Jordanian Mission In Ramallah at ramallah@fm.gov.joor 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. Travelers will be subject to the following requirements:
  • A negative PCR test (with English translation) taken in Jordan up to 72 hours before arriving to the Bridge
  • Travelers will also be subject to a PCR test at Allenby Bridge.
  • Travelers are required to home quarantine for 14-days; or 10 days subject to 2 negative PCR tests, one upon arrival at the Bridge and the other on the 9th day of quarantine. Those who are unable to maintain isolation per MoH guidelines must enter hotel quarantine
  • Those with a Covid-19 recovery or vaccine certificate from the Israeli MoH are not required to stay in quarantine upon entering the country.
  • 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.psor 02-294-3140.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? [Yes]
    • The Palestinian Authority may institute local or West Bank-wide lockdowns on short notice to contain the spread of COVID-19.  This may include closing most businesses; curtailing residents’ movements, which may impede movement inside and between cities; a general curfew; and closures of the crossings between the West Bank and Israel. The latest information can be found (in Arabic only) on the PA Ministry of Health website.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [Yes]
    • Local authorities may institute COVID-related travel restrictions, including between governorates as well as to and from Jerusalem, with short notice. 

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 are no direct flights between the U.S. and the West Bank. Airports in Jordan opened with limited routes on September 8, 2020. Individuals seeking to book flights to or from Jordan should contact the airlines directly.
  • 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, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik
  • The de facto authority Ministry of Health in Gaza has begun limited vaccinations at this time. 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.
  • Please note that the Department of State warns all U.S. citizens against all travel 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]
  • The de facto authority may institute local or Gaza-wide lockdowns on short notice to contain the spread of COVID-19. This may include closing businesses and public institutions; curtailing residents’ movements, which may impede movement inside and between cities; a general curfew; and closures of the crossings between Gaza and Egypt or Israel.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [Yes]
  • The de facto authority stated that those coming into Gaza will be home quarantined for 21 days.
  • 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 the pandemic treatment center.
  • 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 are no direct flights between the U.S. and Gaza. Multiple direct and indirect flight options to the United States appear to be available from Cairo, Egypt. Please check directly with the airlines or a travel agency for options.
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]

Education Information

  • All educational facilities and grades in Gaza have resumed in-person classes, however, changes can occur at short notice.

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 

  • Passport printing centers in the United States have resumed printing full validity passports submitted via U.S. Embassies and consulates abroad.  All eligible passport renewal applicants must apply for full validity passports by mail.
  • The health and safety of those who work at and visit our embassy facilities are our highest priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in line with the U.S. and Israeli governments’ public health guidance, the Consular Sections at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv are providing limited in-person services.  A limited number of non-emergency passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad appointments will continue to become available on a rolling basis and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Non-emergency appointments must be booked on-line and cannot be booked through email or telephone.
  • If no passport appointments are available on our website, applicants should continue to check our website frequently for availability.
  • You may schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Branch Office in Tel Aviv via the following link:  https://il.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passport-services/renew-in-person-instructions/appointments/
  • If you have a medical emergency or death/serious illness of an immediate family member (life-or-death emergency), emergency passport services are also available by appointment only in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, excluding holidays.
  • If you have a life or death emergency or an Israeli visa that expires within 30 days AND no appointments are available at our website prior to your flight, please write to the appropriate consular office (JerusalemACS@state.gov OR TelAvivACS@state.gov). Please include the following in your email, in order to request an emergency appointment:
  • Confirmed travel itinerary with confirmation/ticket number OR scanned copy of the Israeli visa(s)
  • Documentation of the emergency (typically a hospital or police report)
  • Scanned copy of the bio page of all passports needing renewal
  • Scanned copy of the bio page of all passports needing renewal
  • Please see https://il.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passport-services/ for more information.
  • 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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