Healthy Travel Standards for the Holy Land

Updated January 11, 2022

With over 50 years of experience, we at Noseworthy Travel Services keep the well-being of our guests, employees, and partners as our first priority. Our promise to you: we will not waiver from that commitment.

Our staff members and travel partners are trained to ensure that proper health measures are upheld. Together, we will work in accordance with the guidelines of local governments and health authorities. In turn, we trust that you, our guest, will review and agree to our health and hygiene guidelines.

We look forward to our journey together in this new normal and encourage you to remember what Paul wrote – don’t be anxious, but in every situation make your requests known through prayer and petition (Philippians 4:6-7). Thank you for choosing to travel with us - safely, happily, and healthily!

In addition to these guidelines, please review our touring and cruising status by reading this post.

  1. How can I be considered fully vaccinated?

    • Your COVID-19 booster shot is dated (or will be dated) at least 14 days before your departure to Israel, OR 

    • The final dose of your initial COVID-19 treatment (Pfizer, Moderna, J & J) is dated (or will be dated) at least 14 days before arriving in Israel but no more than 6 months before departing from Israel.

  2. What to expect if you are fully vaccinated:

    • Expect to submit a copy of your vaccination card and keep your card on you during travel 

    • Expect to take and pass 3 PCR COVID Tests:  

      • The 1st COVID PCR test must occur 72 hours before your flight segment that will arrive in Israel (This one is your, the guest’s, responsibility to schedule and purchase. Your passport number must be printed at the top of the results page.) 

      • The 2nd COVID PCR test will occur upon arrival in Israel (This one is pre-purchased through us and handled by our overseas tour representative. Guests will quarantine until results are ready or for 24 hours, whichever is first.) 

      • The 3rd COVID PCR test will occur 24 hours before your international return flight. (This one is pre-purchased through us and handled by our overseas tour representative.) 

    • Expect to submit a health form in order to receive a green pass into Israel. Submission must occur within 24 hours of international travel. The form can be found at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/. After submission, expect to receive an email (in Hebrew). Your green pass will be attached. Expect to present a physical copy of this health form and of the green pass, with your passport number printed at the top, in order to enter Israel.

    • Expect to purchase travel protection insurance that includes coverage for treatment for contracting COVID-19 and COVID-19 related expenses. Please show proof of coverage when departing for Israel.

  3. What to expect when traveling: 

    • Expect to comply with all airport and airline precautions/restrictions during travel. Currently, all airlines require masks to be worn while in flight.  

    • Expect to comply with temperature checks that may or may not be taken at various locations and times. 

    • Expect to wear a mask while onboard your touring bus and in any locations that require them. 

    • Expect to comply with social-distancing requirements at hotels, restaurants, shops, and touring sites.  

    • Expect to be a team player and be regarded as one particular part of a whole group of hopeful travelers. The better each person prepares, the more smoothly everyone’s journey will go.  

    • Expect us and our overseas partners to help you and serve you along the way.

  4. What should I expect from my guide?

    • Your guide will comply with local governmental regulations.

    • Your guide will wear a mask while guiding your group. 

    • Your guide will ensure all guests and bus drivers will comply with mask requirements.  

    • Your guide will provide an audio headset.

    • Audio units will be cleaned by the company between groups when used.

    • You can clean your headset daily with provided wipes.

  5. What should I expect while on the bus and from my bus driver?

    • Bus capacity will follow Ministry of Tourism & Ministry of Health guidelines. 

    • New air filtration systems have been installed by our coach suppliers on all buses contracted by NTS.

      • Filters are cleaned weekly.

      • New filters are inserted monthly

    • Anyone who rides on the bus will be required to wear a mask. 

    • Hand sanitizer will be provided on the bus.

    • Extra masks will be available on the bus if yours becomes unusable or lost. 

    • Wipes will be provided on the bus. 

    • Buses will be cleaned daily by our suppliers. 

  6. What should I expect during meals?

    • During breakfast and dinner:

      • Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the hotel. 

      • Each hotel will comply with social distancing recommendations for seating. 

      • Dining will be organized as a group. 

      • During lunch:

        • Each group is required to eat lunch together at one restaurant since reservations, arranged by NTS, are required to regulate the number of diners. 

        • Restaurants will follow social distancing guidelines. 

        • Restaurants may utilize outside dining when available. 

      • Lunch sites will be approved based upon the following criteria: 

      • Cleanliness

        • Ability to ensure social distancing 

        • Box lunches could be provided on some days to ensure the well-being of every guest.

      • All dining establishments will:

        • Require staff to wear face masks. 

        • Provide hand sanitizer stations. 

        • Arrange tables and touchpoints between groups. 

        • Seat tables with the smallest party size possible. 

        • Schedule dining and provide tables that are socially distanced. 

        • Ensure lines allow for social distancing. 

        • Have servers staff any buffet lines and not allow self-serving. 

  7. What should I expect at the hotels?

    • Hotels will clean public and private spaces at least twice daily. 

    • Public spaces will be arranged to allow for social distancing. 

    • Hotels will require masks for all guests and staff while in public spaces.

    • If a COVID-19 case is confirmed at the hotel, strict health rules and procedures will be followed according to the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Health. 

  8. What should I expect when touring a site?

    • Staff and guests will wear masks according to local requirements. This currently applies to both indoor and outdoor sites. 

    • Site management will limit the number of people at each site. 

  9. What should I expect while shopping?

    • Shop management will limit the number of people in the shop according to local guidelines. 

      • Providing hand sanitizer in the shop. 

      • Cleaning all counter surfaces between groups. 

      • Cleaning the entire shop daily. 

      • Each bus will be scheduled at a shop for a limited amount of time. 

      • Approved shops will adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

      • Shop management will ensure a clean shopping environment by 

  10. What about travel protection plans?

    • TripMate Travel Protection is offered for purchase by NTS and is available to all guests who actively reside in the USA or Canada. 

    • The TripMate policy document can be accessed via the NTS website. 

  11. What should I do if I have a concern while traveling?

    • Depending on when your concern arises, you should inform airline staff, your tour guide, hotel staff, or an NTS Hospitality Staff Member.