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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Israel?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Israel?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Israel?
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Israel covers an area of land that holds great religious significance for a number of religions including Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions.

The many religious sites are only matched by the impressive array of museums and natural beauty of the regions deserts, seas and lush green areas.

Travel Requirements for Israel

Wondering about Israel travel insurance requirements? Travel insurance for Israel is mandatory in order to enter the country. Any foreigner who wants to pass through the borders will need to provide proof of travel medical insurance for Israel. Your travel insurance should have adequate medical coverage for Israel to cover any and all medical expenses that could arise during your trip.

With a wide range of plans on the market, it may be difficult to find the best travel insurance for Israel. To find the plan that's best for you, first assess the condition of your health then take a look at your travel plans. From there, you can compare plans side by side with our compare tool. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. If you are looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.

COVID-19 in Israel

For the most up-to-date information on Israel's entry requirements please visit their Welcome Back page. If you're traveling to Israel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

If you're planning on visiting the country, consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.

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Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

Health & safety

Israel is a very safe country overall. The biggest issue that tourists face is pickpocketing and petty theft, which can be found in most international cities.

If you are taking public transportation, be sure to keep your purse, backpack or bag closed and in your hands at all times. If you are wearing a backpack, take it off and hold it in front of you to avoid bumping other passengers and not being aware if someone attempts to open your bag. Phones, wallets and cameras are particularly at risk of being stolen.

Necessary Vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Israel.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pneumonia
  • Shingles

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

You're required to provide your passport and visa documentation to enter Israel. Nationals of some countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, are exempt from having to obtain a visa.

Israel no longer stamps passports at most airports and land crossings. Instead, Israel uses an electronic gate pass, which electronically monitors your arrival in the country. You will receive a printout of your electronic gate pass and you must keep this on your person while you are traveling as it is a form of identification and can indicate your travel and visa status to officials. In case of technical failure, you can still receive a stamp on your passport. If you're traveling to Israel from an Arab country and do not want a stamp on your passport, you must inform the clerk before the passport is stamped.

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