Israel ends PCR tests for arrivals

By Lisa James
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Israel’s Ministry of Health has confirmed Israel is dropping its final COVID-19 curbs by removing on-arrival PCR tests.

Under the new guidelines agreed by the Ministry of Health and the Airports Authority, passengers landing at Ben Gurion airport from 20 May will no longer be required to perform a PCR test.

The Ministry has also confirmed that, starting tomorrow, Tuesday 10 May, foreigners flying to Israel will be allowed to take an antigen test before boarding the plane instead of a PCR test.

Any passenger who chooses the antigen option will be required to perform the test in the 24 hours prior to their departure to Israel.

The destination reopened to international visitors in March.

Sharon Ehrlich Bershadsky, Director of the Israel Tourism Office in London, said: “As consumer confidence grows in line with restrictions easing, it was important that we made the entry process as simple as possible for travellers whilst keeping health and safety a top priority.

“We are hopeful that the easing of on-arrival PCR tests will help encourage tourists to put Israel on their holiday lists this year.”

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