Recently, the Israeli government announced that they are going to let certain people enter Israel. This decision was made after a long year with strict non-entry policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entry into Israel is very limited and has very restrictive qualifications, one of which is an antibody test (if the person entering Israel has been vaccinated or has recovered from Covid-19).
What is an antibody test?
After someone is infected with a disease, their body produces antibodies to provide the body with protection and immunity against another possible infection. Antibodies are found in the blood of people who have been infected with certain diseases to determine if they have immunity (The immunity may be long term or short term, depending on the virus), and they usually start developing between 1-3 weeks after being infected. This is also true for the Covid-19 antibody test. They test if someone had Coronavirus and are immune.
So why should I get an antibody test?
Due to the Coronavirus, many countries require quarantine upon entering the country (between 10-12 days with two negative Coronavirus tests in between). This has been very problematic for people who want to travel and see their families and people who commute for work.
People who want to enter Israel who claim to have been vaccinated or who claim to have had Covid-19 must prove that they have antibodies. Therefore, they must do an antibody test upon entering Israel. We should note that people who enter Israel have to go into quarantine until the result of their serological test comes back positive (meaning that they have antibodies against Covid-19).
* afterward they can request to leave quarantine, the request must include proof of vaccination/previous infection and current positive serological test
EMA Care can provide people entering Israel with referrals to local labs for serology testing. We can also provide a concierge serological test at your home or hotel. This service includes assistance tracking MOH submission and obtaining quarantine exemption (exemptions are dependent on serology results).
For more information on this service – click here!
Thank you for the zoom (and all your updates). It was great. I wish the news was like that. Straight forward, factual, unemotional. Bravo to both of you ladies!!
My experience with Ema Care has been so positive that I wanted to share it in case it could help someone else. Eight days ago my daughter, a Shanah Bet student, called to say she wasn’t feeling well and had symptoms of Covid-19. I was put in touch with an Infectious Disease specialist who recommended Ema Care. I reached Dr. Eliana Aaron easily and signed my daughter up. The next morning, Ema Care gave my daughter a telehealth exam and provided her with prescriptions, as well as a list of...
I would like to also add my compliments, you exceeded my already very high expectations. You can certainly send other schools our way for a recommendation.
-Mr. E. Naiman
Dear Dr. Eliana words simply cannot express how much you have done for all of us and so many others in keeping us informed, calming anxieties, and being such a wonderful and patient resource through such a difficult time. Wishing you much bracha and hatzlacha in the merit of all the countless mitzvot u have done to help so many through these trying times; mikol halev, ein milim and thanks so so much .
Gap Year Program Staff
Hello Dr. Aaron. I cannot thank you enough for providing not only crucial information but a framework that gave us stability and allowed us to function (instead of descending into chaos, which undoubtedly would have happened, if not for you). At the risk of waxing dramatic, I will tell you that when I think of what you've done these past couple of months, what comes to mind is Rav Yohanan Ben Zakai asking Vespasian to give him Yavneh ve-Hakhameha, thus saving the entire enterprise of Talmud...