Israeli Health Ministry Now Requires Digital Recovery Certificates for Unvaccinated Tourists who have had COVID
Although earlier in the week, the Israeli Health Ministry announced that foreign travelers would be allowed into the country on Nov. 1, if they were either vaccinated or had recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months, yesterday, the ministry revised the requirements to Israel by saying that tourists will not be allowed to unless they have digital recovery certificates, government officials said on Thursday.
The new policy resulted from concern that travelers might forge positive PCR test results, the Jerusalem Post reports.
As a result, US travelers, who do not have access to such documentation, will not be able to enter Israel.
Only recovered patients from the approximately 40 countries that are participating in the European Union’s digital passport program will be recognized as recovered and meet the criteria for entry.
The Health Ministry said that first-degree relatives of people living in Israel will likely be able to enter the country for humanitarian reasons, but did not clarify whether weddings, births, and other significant family events will be considered “humanitarian.”
The Israeli Health Ministry’s new requirement for travelers to provide digital recovery certificates only applies to unvaccinated.
US tourists who had COVID but were also vaccinated with two shots: before or after being sick, will be allowed into Israel.
The second vaccine shot, however, the ministry said, would have had to be received in the last six months. If longer, the tourists will need to receive a booster shot.