Amit Acco, Partner | Last Update: June 17, 2021
Israel Government regulation of entry of business visitors (who are not foreign workers or experts) is changing rapidly as a result of the spread of new COVID-19 variants. Please click here for the most current Covid-19 update.
Special Permit to Enter Israel for Foreign Business Visitors:
Under the current Covid-19 policy, entry to Israel for business is limited to vaccinated travelers only. Travelers from the following countries are banned from entry: Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, Argentina, and Russia.
A special permit for business visitors can be obtained by applying electronically to the Ministry of Economics. Separate applications should be submitted by the business visitor and an Israeli business sponsor (2 separate submissions). These applications must be supported with detailed information and documents to justify the visit and explain why the business purpose of the visit cannot be accomplished without entry into Israel.
In addition, all applicants must have proof of Covid-19 vaccination and current travel documents. Upon approval of a special business permit, the individual can travel to Israel within the time frame of the permit.
Formal forms are changing rapidly. The following documents are also required:
1. Valid Passport of the foreign national, valid for at least 6 months following the expected departure date.
2. Tentative or final flight tickets to Israel: Round-trip.
3. Copy of vaccination proof for Covid-19.
4. Health insurance that includes a specific Covid-19 coverage clause.
5. Company letter: a detailed letter from the Israeli company, regarding the reason for the travel and supporting documents. The letter should specify the reason for the individual to travel. If several travelers: why each one needs to travel (specifying company position, role, task, the importance for the meeting, etc). The visit dates should be mentioned within the company letter.
6. Hotel or Airbnb reservations (The name of the visitor must appear on the reservation).
Before the flight to Israel: Any person arriving will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours prior to departure.
Any foreign national seeking entry to Israel will have to provide upon entry:
- 72hr pre-flight Covid-19 PCR test results document
- Copy of medical health insurance, valid in Israel, that specifically includes coverage for COVID – 19
- Copy of Special Entry Permit to Israel During Covid.
Upon Entry to Israel: All incoming passengers must comply with COVID-19 testing requirements, including those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus
The isolation is required for 14 days from arrival. The isolation period may be reduced to 10 days by showing negative results on two COVID-19 tests. The first test should be taken as soon as possible after arrival, and the second test on the 9th day.
Those who Vaccinated abroad: upon receipt of a “Negative” COVID – 19 check at the airport, the individual can perform a serological test. The serological test can be made at the isolation place or the private authorized clinic.
Upon receiving confirmation of immunity, the individual can apply for a waiver from isolation from the Ministry of Health.
The information contained in this post is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this site without seeking legal or other professional advice.
The information is gathered from various public media sources at the courtesy of KTA to its own clients and website visitors. Due to the rapid, sometimes daily changes in policy, we urge any traveler to get updated at the official government websites prior to planning or taking any international travel to or from Israel.
KTA can support the process of applying for the special business visitor entry at the Ministry of Economics on behalf of both the traveler and his/her business sponsor.