After careful thought, Israel’s Health Ministry revealed on Sunday that mandatory COVID testing at Ben-Gurion Airport would end next week, on Friday, May 20.
“Passengers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport will no longer be required to carry out PCR tests beginning on May 20, 2022,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The decision was made in light of the decline in the infection rate and following discussion between Health Ministry professionals and the Airports Authority staff,” the ministry added.
In the same statement, the Ministry added that starting this Tuesday [May 10], foreign nationals flying to Israel will be permitted to be tested with antigen tests [and not only PCR tests] before boarding the flight.
The Ministry said tourists who choose the antigen alternative would be required to perform the test 24 hours prior to departure to Israel.
Moreover, the Ministry said the airport’s testing system would be maintained to quickly reactivate it in the future if necessary.