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Israel set to reopen to Canadians on Jan. 9, says IMOT


Israel set to reopen to Canadians on Jan. 9, says IMOT
Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel. (Sander Crombach)
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As of Sunday, January 9, Israel will be reopening its borders to all international travellers, which means Canadian and American travellers can freely enter and depart the country, the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) announced Thursday (Jan. 6).

“There’s no better way to kickstart 2022 than with the news that Israel is reopening its borders to international travellers including Canadian citizens beginning this Sunday,” said Gal Hana, Israel's Director of Tourism for Canada. “The country has implemented numerous guidelines that aim to keep not only residents of Israel healthy but also all those who come to visit.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming travellers back to Israel in the coming days and hope that Israel is at the top of your travel wish list!”

The beaches of Tel Aviv. (IMOT)

The news represents a positive turn of events after Israel, on Dec. 22, implemented a travel ban on Canada and the United States as the country attempted to halt the spread of the then-new Omicron variant.

Entry guidelines that were previously announced in November for entry into Israel remain in place, Israel's tourism authority said.

Israel’s entry guidelines

Incoming visitors must take a PCR test 72 hours before an outbound flight, fill out a passenger declaration, and a take a PCR test upon arrival in Israel.

Travellers must also quarantine in a hotel until the results are returned or until 24 hours pass – the lesser of the two.

To enter the country, one must:

  • Have been vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since receival of second dose upon arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel. (if it has been six months since the second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).
    • Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel. 
  • Have been inoculated with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (14 days must have passed since second dose receival upon their arrival into Israel, but no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel. (If it has been six months since your second dose, you will need the booster shot to enter).
    • Those that have received the booster vaccine dose, and at least 14 days have passed since received, can enter Israel. 
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and who present proof of the results of a positive NAAT test at least 11 days prior to the day of entry into Israel (no more than 180 days upon leaving Israel).
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose of the WHO-approved vaccines.

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