Health Care in Israel

Israel is a modern, developed country with levels of health and hygiene equal to that of any other western countries. Visitors are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival.

There are limitations to bringing animals into the country. Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents (except wild animals, and only two of each species) arriving with their owners (as personal baggage) are exempt from a veterinary permit from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture if they meet the following conditions:

  • They have a government veterinary health certificate that was issued less than seven days prior to leaving their country of departure, testifying that the animal was examined and has no infectious diseases. They must also have an owner's declaration that the animal was in their possession for at least 90 days before arriving in Israel.
  • Dogs and cats must also have confirmation that they were vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days, but no more than one year, prior to their departure for Israel. Dogs arriving from Oceania, Great Britain, Japan and Cyprus are required to be vaccinated against rabies within five days of entering Israel.
  • Dogs and cats below the vaccination age (three months) will not be allowed to enter.

Import of animals as personal baggage requires the transmission of the following information to the Office of Veterinary Services at Beit Dagan (Fax: 972-3-968-8963) at least 48 hours before arriving: Owner's name; type of animal; its age; flight number and estimated time of arrival. In most cases, animals that arrive healthy and with the appropriate documentation will not require a quarantine period in Israel.

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