Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Read up on the current regulations and requirements regarding travel to Israel (updated as of March 2022). All Covid-19 FAQs are subject to change.  

 

**As of March 1, 2022, ALL VISITORS AND TOURISTS are able to enter Israel whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.** 

 

What tests are required to enter Israel? 

You’ll need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Please plan to take this test according to the time of your departure and ensure the test is taken within the 72 hours.  

 

What other tests are required? 

Upon arrival in Israel, you will be administered another PCR test at the airport. EWMT will organize this for you. 

 

Do I need a COVID-19 test before I return to the United States? 

Yes. The USA requires a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours/one calendar day of departure to enter the States. EWMT will organize this test for you. 

 

What if I recovered from COVID-19? Can I join a trip? 

Yes, however, the same rules apply and you do not need to show that you have recovered. You still must produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test before departure from the States.  

 

Did Israel return to normal life? 

Yes, and so have our group tours! Sites, hotels, shops and restaurants are open. Masks are not required at most sites, restaurants, or on your bus (it is according to the particular site). 

 

What if I arrive to Israel and show a positive PCR test? 

Although this is highly unlikely, in the event your test comes back positive, you will need to self-isolate or quarantine at the hotel until a negative test is returned. You will be able to retest immediately in case of a false positive. If you have to change travel plans, your travel insurance may cover the cost of any travel difficulties such as this (see insurance question below).  

 

Do I need travel insurance? 

Yes. It is mandatory (by Israeli authorities) for you to show proof of travel insurance covering Covid-19. EWMT always strongly recommends travel insurance which in addition to Covid-19, can cover the cost of missed flights, lost/stolen baggage, and so on. Be sure to research your own policy that works best for you. For your convenience, EWMT offers travel insurance through RedPoint. For more information, click here. 

 

What is the cancelation policy? 

Please refer to your tour’s terms and conditions for your cancelation policy or feel free to reach out to an EWMT Travel Advisor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Read up on the current regulations and requirements regarding travel to Israel (updated as of August 2021). All Covid-19 FAQ’s are subject to change. 

 

What’s the status of Israel’s opening for tourism? 

Israel is open to group tourism travel. Groups fall under a special ongoing entry program that Israel has arranged, and our company works directly with them to facilitate entry for our groups. Sites are open and tours will be able to visit and tour as they normally would on their buses with guides; hotels and shops are open, etc. 

 

Do I need to have had a COVID-19 vaccine to participate? 

Yes, the government of Israel determines which tourists can enter Israel and we follow their guidelines. At this time, EWMT participants that enter Israel must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 FDA authorized vaccine. Travel is possible 14 days after the final vaccine has been administered. Documented verification of vaccination is required. 

 

What tests are required to enter Israel? 

You’ll need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. Upon arrival in Israel, you will need to take an additional PCR test as well as a serological (antibodies) test which is performed using a blood sample. We will organize both arrival tests for you.
 

Are EWMT Group trips resuming? 

Yes they are! While entry to Israel continues to be extremely limited, EWMT participants who are fully vaccinated are allowed into the country. We’re working closely with Israel’s Ministry of Health and adhering to all its guidelines.  

 

Israel delayed entrance to Israel for individual vaccinated tourists. Does that include my upcoming trip? 

No. While entry to Israel continues to be extremely limited and individual tourist entrance is postponed indefinitely, Eagles’ Wings Ministry Travel group trips can continue as planned.  

 

Did Israel return to normal life? 

Yes. Tour sites, hotels, and shops and restaurants are open. Masks (at the moment) may be required indoors, but not on your bus or outdoors. 

 

What if I recovered from COVID-19? Can I join a trip? 

Yes, however, even if you recovered from COVID-19 you must have received at least one FDA authorized vaccine in order to join a trip. Travel is possible 14 days after the vaccine has been administered. 

 

How will my trip be different from a regular trip due to COVID-19? 

As it has always been for the last 25 years of operation, the safety and well-being of our participants is our highest priority and foremost concern. The group will need to patiently wait for the PCR and serological test results before traveling to sites, with a self-isolation in your hotel rooms until test results come in and the group is cleared for touring. You will spend more time outdoors and visit sites that abide by the high standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health. Other than that, we can assure you that we will take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun, and enjoyable EWMT experience. 

 

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before I travel? 

Yes, you must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours of departure. 

 

Will I need to take an antibodies test in Israel? 

Yes. An antibodies (serological) test will be required upon your arrival in Israel and is performed using a blood sample. According to the Government of Israel guidelines, only participants whose serological test shows antibodies will be allowed on the tour. EWMT will coordinate the administration of the test upon arrival.   

 

What if I arrive to Israel and don’t have antibodies or show a positive PCR test? 

Although this is highly unlikely if you have been vaccinated, in the event your antibodies test is negative, you will not be able to join your group for the tour. You will be placed on the next flight back home (your travel insurance may cover the cost of any travel difficulties such as this; see insurance question below). The same with your PCR test, however, Israel may allow you to self-isolate or quarantine until a negative test is returned. 

 

What is the cancelation policy? 

Please refer to your terms and conditions for your cancelation policy or feel free to reach out to an EWMT Travel Advisor. 

 

Do I need travel insurance? 

Yes. It is mandatory (by the Israeli authorities) for you to show proof of travel insurance covering Covid-19. EWMT always strongly recommends travel insurance which in addition to covid-19, can cover the cost of missed flights, lost/stolen baggage, and so on.
 

Do I need a COVID-19 test before I return to the United States? 

If required, prior to your return to the United States a PCR test will be organized for you in Israel.

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