Israel will ease restrictions on foreign tourists next week


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On June 30, the pilot program launched in May, which allowed a limited number of organized tours of foreign tourists to enter Israel, ends. The pilot is expected to be expanded from July 1 to include more groups, as well as individuals vaccinated against Covid-19.

Although outgoing Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has approved such an expanded plan to include individual tourists before leaving office last week, an official detailed plan has yet to be approved. However, incoming Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked confirmed that foreign tourists will be allowed from July 1, subject to certain restrictions, including vaccinations.

The head of the Israeli Association of Incoming Tour Operators, Yossi Fatael, explained what such a plan would look like starting from July 1. The incoming Minister of Tourism, Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid) is also eager to make progress on this issue. He said, “I see my first task as building proper and effective relaxation under the conditions for tourists to enter Israel.”

When asked by “Globus”, the Ministry of Health said that the conditions for allowing certain foreign tourists to enter Israel have not been completed yet, but they are working on that issue.

According to Patel, all tourists, groups and individuals, from a list of about 45 countries that have received two doses of vaccine approved in either the US or the EU, will be allowed to enter Israel. No tourists from the red countries, currently India, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, South Africa and Turkey, but updated every two weeks, will be allowed to enter Israel, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

Foreign tourists coming to Israel will be subject to the same conditions as Israelis. Fill out an online health statement before arriving in Israel and a negative PCR test less than 72 hours before leaving for Israel. An additional test for the NIS 100 must be performed when landing at Ben Gurion Airport.

But by all accounts, the current need for tourists to do a serological test and stay isolated for two days will be canceled until the results prove they have the required number of Covid antibodies. This request has deterred many tourists because of the 48-hour isolation, the idea of ​​donating blood in a foreign country and the possibility of not falling on the test and not being able to tour the country.

However, tourists who have recovered from Covid but have not been vaccinated will need to take a serological test. But this test will be conducted at the airport, and the results will be obtained after 15 minutes. Tourists will have to pay for this test, but the price has not been determined yet.

The land border to Egypt via Sinai is already open and the border with Jordan will open on July 1, but it remains unclear whether foreign tourists will be allowed to enter via land borders.

Posted by Globes, business news in Israel – en.globes.co.il – June 20, 2021

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