By Amit Acco, Partner |

According to the regulation, any traveler into Israel must take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure to Israel. Only those who test negative can board the flight.

With an effort to allow more urgent travels where needed and allowed, the Ministry of Health allows a rapid test instead of a PCR test within 24 hours before air travel. The test cannot be a home-kit test, i.e., must be made accredited clinics for rapid testing.

Rapid tests are tests for diagnosing coronavirus that is based on a technology that does not require transporting the sample to a laboratory and provides results within 15 to 30 minutes after sampling.

Only if the PCR test or rapid test is negative, a person can board the flight.

Test results must be in English and specify the traveler’s passport number. Any other type of test will not be accepted.

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