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Israel is tiny in size, but massive in what it offers its visitors. This fascinating country has truly been blessed with so many positive attributes: great weather, diverse landscapes, great culinary traditions and millennia of history and archaeology to explore. It’s the Holy Land, home to important religious sites for many world beliefs, but it’s also a country where going out and having fun is a way of life. It’s a perfect holiday, all wrapped up in one package.


Can British travellers visit Israel?

Israel is currently on the UK government’s green list for travel, meaning travellers will not need to quarantine on their return. They will still need to take a Covid-19 test before coming back to the UK, followed by another test on or after day two, when they return.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to the Occupied Palestinian Territories beyond East Jerusalem and against all travel to some regions.

Israel began allowing organised groups of tourists into the country on May 23, provided they have been vaccinated. Tourists must show proof of a negative PCR test before boarding their flight to Israel, as well as a serological (antibody) test to prove they have had the vaccine.

What plans are in place to restart tourism to Israel?


Individual tourists are expected to be allowed into Israel from July 1.

During Israel’s various lockdowns, efforts have been made to ensure the environment is as safe as possible for the local population, and when borders reopen fully, Israel will be prepared to welcome visitors with tried and tested methods.

Israel’s Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on June 1. There will no longer be any capacity restrictions in shops and restaurants, and no limits on gatherings to vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens. Those indoors will still need to wear masks.

How can British visitors travel to Israel?

Airlines that serve Ben Gurion Airport, just outside Tel Aviv, with flights from the UK include:

  • El Al from Luton, Heathrow and Manchester
  • Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow
  • British Airways from Heathrow
  • easyJet from Luton and Manchester
  • Wizz Air from Luton


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Last updated June 11, 2021

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