June 22, 2021
Israel Update - ETS Marketing Director, Paul Holly, Travels to Israel
May 27, 2021
Israel Update - Interview with Israel Ministry of Tourism
May 24, 2021
Israel Entry Requirements (For groups entering 6/1 - 6/15)
Israel released the following Entry Procedure for "Pilot Groups" entering until 6/15/21 (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lR8XDO4YApUWZEnMkdQeaIQ3rUnV72oQN5rAFZn458M/edit)
All group members arriving in Israel must be vaccinated tourists holding a negative PCR test result, conducted 72 hours prior to departure of the aircraft carrying the group to Israel.
All group members arriving in Israel will have obtained an insurance policy with coverage for medical treatment of COVID-19.
Required action upon arrival in Israel:
In conformity with testing regulations, group members shall undergo a PCR test after landing in Israel, prior to leaving Ben Gurion Airport. Passengers must pay for and take this test as a pre-condition for their stay in Israel.
In order to avoid isolation, group members shall take a serology test, at their expense, upon entry into Israel and shall be in isolation pending a positive result and receipt of confirmation for leaving isolation (to be sent to the email address entered by the passenger on the incoming passenger form). They would then be able to issue a Green Pass using the Ramzor app or on the Ramzor website.- A tourist who received a negative serology test result shall immediately inform the agent of this and shall immediately go into isolation, as stipulated by the Home Isolation Ordinance at the tourist's expense.
May 21, 2021
Israel Security Update (Hamas Conflict)
In our 47 years, ETS has rarely seen wholistic peace within the Middle East. Skirmishes have peppered the last thirty-plus years of the region's history – multiple Gaza conflicts, two Gulf Wars, 9/11, 2nd Intifada, 2nd Lebanon War, Arab Spring, Egyptian Revolution, Syrian Civil War, and the rise and fall of ISIS. Yet, through these times of conflict, ETS has continued to safely operate.
By remaining in constant communication with operators, guides, and travel partners we have returned every guest home, free from the dangers of conflict, while still delivering Life Changing Journeys.
CEO James Ridgway, was in Jerusalem during the first part of this week to meet with our Israeli and Palestinian partners. Amid the current conflict, they were able to hold meetings as expected and plan for the return of normal touring operations. On Wednesday, he safely departed Israel as scheduled.
We remain united with our operators, guides, and trusted partners. They continue to provide us with the most up-to-date information and best ways to adapt to the ever-changing situation.
Though the timeline is uncertain, we believe the current conflict will be short-lived and result in only a minor disruption to Israel's reopening. Previous Israeli-Gaza conflicts were resolved within a month. We continue to pray for the peace and safety of the general population in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
Traveling back to the US
If traveling internationally, you must get a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before you return by air to the United States. You are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. ETS will help guests on our trips to make sure they are able to get the testing and documentation needed to return home.
4-21-21 ETS interview with the Israel Ministry of Tourism
4-13-21 Announcement from Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday said it will reopen the country to vaccinated foreign tourists in May, more than a year after closing its borders to most international visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Tourism Ministry said a limited number of tourist groups will be allowed to enter the country starting May 23, with individual visitors allowed at a later stage. All foreign tourists entering the country will be tested for coronavirus before boarding flights to Israel and must present a serological test to prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Israel suffered a major economic blow due to the coronavirus pandemic. In recent months, it has carried out highly successful vaccination program that has allowed it to reopen most sectors of the economy. But the tourism industry, limited only to serving Israelis, remains blighted.
“After opening the economy, it is time to allow tourism in a careful and calculated manner,” Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said in a joint statement with the Tourism Ministry.
"Americans who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union this summer" - Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission
Von der Leyen did not offer a timeline on when exactly tourist travel might open up or details on how it would occur.
As of April 19, residents of the European Union, the United States, the UK, Israel, Serbia and the UAE who have been inoculated or present a negative PCR test up to 72 hours prior to arrival are free to enter Greece and must abide by domestic restrictions on movement.
Flights to Mexico are available and there is no testing requirements in place to enter (you can expect temperature checks and other screenings upon arrival).
Travelers from the US to Egypt need to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test result, taken no more than 96 hours before flight departure.
Travelers must present paper copies; digital copies aren't accepted. Children 5 and younger are exempt. You may be required to show proof of health insurance.