Travel Israel Has Reopened to Foreign Travelers—Here Are Best New Things to Do When You Get There

23:05  24 march  2022
23:05  24 march  2022 Source:   cntraveler.com

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Like many other countries, Israel closed its borders in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. While it was initially touted as having one of the best pandemic responses—and was one of the first countries to roll out vaccines—it also had many false starts and severe outbreaks over the last two years. International tourism was suspended, and for a time, even Israelis were restricted from traveling to most other countries. While the country first tried to reopen to tourists in summer 2021, and then again in November and December, Delta and Omicron had other plans. Finally, on January 9, 2022, we saw Israel reopen to vaccinated tourists only, and then on March 1 swing its borders open to all travelers of all ages, regardless of vaccine status.

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To enter, travelers must present two negative PCR tests: one taken prior to departure and the second one after landing in Israel (there is an efficient testing center at Ben Gurion Airport). All those entering will be required to quarantine in their hotel or other accommodation until they receive a negative result from the second test, or for 24 hours, whichever comes first.

With the country’s reopening comes several new or reinstated flight routes. Beginning May 6, 2022, American Airlines will launch Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport nonstop to Ben Gurion Airport, and a direct Miami flight was added to their roster last June. This month El Al is reinstating its nonstop Boston route, which was canceled in March 2020.

Despite the struggles brought by COVID-19, life in Israel has kept going—with new hotels, restaurants, bars, and cultural experiences debuting over the last few years—even though they’ve only been able to cater to locals until now. Here are all the new things travelers can expect to discover in Israel, organized by region.

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HIBA is one of many new restaurants to have recently opened in Tel Aviv. © Amit Geron HIBA is one of many new restaurants to have recently opened in Tel Aviv. HIBA's hamantash almond-praline baharat petit-four, an Ashkenazi Jewish triangular filled-pocket pastry © Asaf Karela HIBA's hamantash almond-praline baharat petit-four, an Ashkenazi Jewish triangular filled-pocket pastry

Tel Aviv

Israel’s most vibrant city hasn’t slowed down. Last summer, famed hotel The Jaffa reopened after a year-long closure; Soho House Tel Aviv and Debrah Brown, the latest hotel from the popular local boutique brand Brown Hotels, both debuted. Debrah Brown’s restaurant Dvora by star chef Eyal Shani also opened earlier this year. But the city’s biggest hotel news occurs on March 28, when The David Kempinski Tel Aviv opens along the iconic Mediterranean Sea promenade. It brings a whole new level of luxury, complete with a full-service spa, rooftop pool, and five dining venues, including a Cohiba-branded cigar bar and Israel’s first House of Macallan whisky bar.

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Like any culinary-focused big city, Tel Aviv saw myriad restaurant and bar openings over the last two years. Some of the most exciting include HIBA, from chef Yossi Shitrit of hotspots Onza and Mashya; Tirza wine bar by chef Raz Rahav of the acclaimed OCD restaurant; Capella, a chic and cheeky cocktail bar on the 14th floor of Hagag building where no cell phones are allowed; French bakery Alexander opened by 2017 Israel Baking Champion Alex Berman; and Darya, serving Silk Road cuisine from the chef of the popular Animar, inside the Hilton Tel Aviv. The other big food-related opening was the launch of the culinary institute Asif, led by Naama Shefi, who also runs the Jewish Food Society in New York City: Its mission is to celebrate Israeli cuisine and explore its roots, influences, and future via a library filled with research and cookbooks that includes a gallery of rotating exhibits, a rooftop farm growing native plants and herbs, an experimental test kitchen, a vegetarian cafe, and a market selling Israeli-made products.

Gordon Gallery in Jerusalem © Gideon Levin Gordon Gallery in Jerusalem


Israel’s second largest city often gets less attention—and therefore fewer new and shiny things—than flashier Tel Aviv. Still, the ancient city has welcomed several new restaurants that include the latest from Popina chef Orel Kimchi, called Ruhan, and the street-food inspired Mitzle, by MasterChef Israel contestant Ari Levy. Just outside the city in the rolling Judean Hills, recently opened Ulu Winery and restaurant is well worth a visit for wine and nature lovers looking for a city break.

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Art connoisseurs will enjoy the city’s debut of Gordon Gallery, a branch of the famous Tel Aviv gallery. Additionally, there have been improvements to accessibility in the Old City, which is notoriously difficult to navigate thanks to twisty, narrow alleys, cobblestone streets, and hundreds of steep stone steps. Years in the making, nearly four miles of streets have had hand railings and ramps installed.

Poolside loungers at Six Senses Shaharut © Amit Geron Poolside loungers at Six Senses Shaharut A sun-drenched patio at Six Senses Shaharut © Amit Geron A sun-drenched patio at Six Senses Shaharut

The Negev Desert and Dead Sea Region

The biggest news for Israel’s southern desert region is undoubtedly the opening of the highly anticipated (and much delayed) Six Senses Shaharut, which opened last August. The luxury wellness retreat has 60 suites with desert-inspired design, an Ayurvedic spa, multiple restaurants, an infinity pool overlooking the Edom Mountains and a stunning indoor pool, and a camel stable flanked by a fragrant herb garden.

A few minutes north of the hotel on Kibbutz Ketura, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies’ Dr. Elaine Solowey plans to open a shelter garden later this year that will showcase biblical plants, incense trees, endangered desert plants, a migrating bird habitat, and medicinal herbs important to the local Bedouin community.

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If you’re looking for a Dead Sea getaway, the Herbert Samuel Hod Dead Sea opened in February with 205 rooms and a massive spa complex with 16 treatment rooms, wet and dry saunas, a hammam, an indoor Dead Sea water pool, an indoor sulfur pool, a hot tub, and an outdoor pool with a poolside bar and restaurant.

Archaeology buffs should head to Tel Ashkelon, which contains the site where the largest Roman era basilica in the Middle East was recently uncovered and is currently being restored. At the end of April, the public will be able to observe the basilica’s restoration work from a nearby theater, which is also being restored.

Lotte at the Galei Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias © Amit Geron Lotte at the Galei Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias

The Galilee and the North

This often-sleepy part of the country has seen a lot of development over the last two years. In hotel news, the Saar Zafrir-designed Galei Kinneret has opened in Tiberias, complete with a private beach on the Sea of Galilee, a luxurious spa, outdoor yoga deck, and glass-bottomed swimming pool that lets swimmers peak at uncovered antiquities below. Lotte, its restaurant, is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Assaf Granit (of Machneyuda in Jerusalem and Sabour and Balagan in Paris).

For a chic hideaway off the beaten tourist trail, head to the adults-only Pereh Hotel. The independent boutique hotel sits 13 miles north of the Sea of Galilee and has 27 suites in four historic buildings from 1919, plus a restaurant, wine cellar, spa, pool, and gardens.

Food-wise, near Nazareth is Temerlin, a new steak restaurant helmed by the chef from Tel Aviv’s popular M25 steakhouse, with a deli and butcher shop run by a local family who has raised cattle since 1924. In Haifa, new upscale French-Lebanese restaurant Najma uses local Galilee ingredients.

There’s a lot that archaeology and history lovers will find exciting in this region, too. Firstly, in the ancient city of Migdal, a synagogue thought to be 2,000 years old and from the Second Temple Period, was recently uncovered in the ongoing Migdal Excavations. The Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation of America (INHFA) is also working on restoring several significant archaeological parks in the region: Beit She’an, known as Scythopolis during the Roman Empire, has the largest Roman theater in Israel, and INHFA is currently repairing its infrastructure so that it can host live performances; while the full project is due to completed in 2023, the first stage of the restoration will open to the public in April. In Tiberias, INHFA has restored an ancient synagogue within Hamat Tiberias National Park that was built between 286 and 337 CE. The highlight is its three-paneled mosaic floor (the oldest in the country), which depicts the sun god Helios driving his chariot across the sky.

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