ISRAEL to reopen borders to vaccinated and recovered tourists
Individual tourists who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to enter Israel from 1 November 2021, the government said on Thursday, further easing curbs on foreign arrivals that were imposed when the pandemic broke out.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought travel to Israel to a halt. Now industry workers and travel lovers are left wondering: when will Israel to Israel resume? As of fall 2021, Israel is re-opening and there are separate regulations for group and individual travel. From November 2021, the most dramatic change in Israel’s entry policy since the start of the pandemic means that most tourists will be able to enter Israel. This article will keep you up-to-date on all the changes and more.
However, only tourists from countries that aren’t defined as “red” due to high infection rates will be allowed in. Additionally, reports said tourists won’t be allowed in from countries that are seeing an outbreak of the new AY4.2 variant, which has been causing concern.
The vast majority of tourists have effectively been banned from entering Israel since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March of last year. The reopening of borders has been delayed numerous times throughout the year, as COVID infections waxed and waned.
The PMO said the plan, which must still be approved by the high-level coronavirus cabinet, may be updated “in accordance with the development and identification of new variants.”
Health officials said Thursday that five cases of AY4.2 had been retroactively diagnosed since the first known case in Israel was confirmed on Tuesday in a sample taken from a young boy who returned to the country from Moldova.
Under both the current and the new regulations, all travellers to Israel must take a PCR test within 72 hours of their departure and must take a second test when they land at Ben Gurion Airport. Vaccinated travellers must remain in quarantine either for 24 hours or until they receive a negative test result. Those who aren’t vaccinated must remain in quarantine for 14 days, which can be shortened to seven days with two negative tests, on days 1 and 7.
Source: https://www.timesofisrael.com/ and Reuters