To Some Vaccinated Tourists, Israel is Set to Reopen

Published on : Monday, January 3, 2022

On Monday, the Health Ministry explained that it would let tourists who are fully vaccinated from some countries to enter Israel starting Sunday, January 9. This brought an end to an almost-blanket ban on noncitizens arriving to the country.

However, international travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered will not be allowed to enter Israel. Visitors from countries on the Health Ministry’s “red” no-fly list are barred from coming in.

In early November, for the first time, Israel reopened to international tourism since the pandemic started, but at the end of that month once again stopped the entry of travellers from abroad in a bid to slow the entry of highly infectious Omicron variant.

On Monday, the Health Ministry, said that Canada, France, South Africa, Hungary, Nigeria, Spain and Portugal will be removed from its list of “red” countries. Travel to and from the United States and United Kingdom remains forbidden.
The newly shortened list is subject to the sanction of Knesset Health Committee. There was no sign when the government was all prepared to raise the restrictions on the countries remaining.

Beforehand, Israel accepted vaccination certificates for Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or China’s Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines. Travellers who are vaccinated with Sputnik V had to go through a serology test. It detects antibodies, to make sure that they were protected. It was not immediately clear whether this policy would be there or not.
The decisions to allow tourists once again back to the country comes in spite of Israel struggling with the speedy rise of Omicron cases, but as officials are aware of the highly contagious with milder strain of the virus spreading rapidly through the population.

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