Vaccinations in Israel



Last updated February 2024:

When traveling to Israel or any other country, it is best to consult a travel health specialist and be informed of the necessary health precautions to be taken to ensure one's safety. Taking out a private health insurance on top of public insurance is also a wise step for any expat to take. 

There are no required vaccinations for travel to Israel, but there are those recommended by doctors such as shots for typhoid fever and Hepatitis A. These are diseases that are contracted through the ingestion of infected food or water. Those who will be staying in rural areas or places where food and water handling is not safe are most at risk. 

Hepatitis B vaccinations are also recommended for all who are coming to Israel to work in health care facilities where they may be exposed to possibly contaminated blood and other body fluid samples. And because the disease is transmitted through an exchange of body fluids, people who may have sexual contact with locals should also get vaccinated.  

Other diseases foreigners coming to Israel must consider being vaccinated against are diphtheria and tuberculosis.

There are different schedules to be followed for each vaccination. For example, for typhoid fever, the shots must be given two months prior to travel. Hence, it is wise to consult an expert so as to be sure that one is fully protected. International health insurance in Israel can also contribute significantly to expats' management of these health risks.