Antigen Test Okayed Instead of PCR to Board for Israel

A JetBlue flight departing with New York City Skyline visible in the distance. (Rickmouser45)

Air passengers to Israel will be allowed to undergo an antigen test prior to departure, instead of a PCR test, starting next week, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday, confirming an earlier media report.

The antigen test will need to be conducted within 24 hours of boarding and must be conducted by a “known body in the foreign country,” the ministry said. Results from home testing kits will not be accepted.

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, a PCR test will be required.