COVID: Some Tour Groups May Enter Israel Without Reinforcements

Some foreign tourists traveling in groups will be allowed to enter Israel without reinforcements, the health and tourism ministries announced Monday.
Since November 1, foreigners have been able to travel to the country, but only as long as they meet the strict criteria to be considered protected from the virus in Israel: vaccinated twice in the previous six months, vaccinated with a booster, recovered with just one. injection. or recovered within six months. Recovery certificates are also only accepted in official electronic format.

However, according to a new scheme approved by the coronavirus cabinet in a telephone vote on Sunday night, beginning Tuesday, members of the groups will also be admitted if they were only tapped twice and within six months before their release. visit, as long as the vaccine is used. it was one of those accepted by the World Health Organization.

To qualify for provision, groups must receive approval from the Ministry of Tourism and come from a country labeled green or yellow according to the system developed by the Ministry of Health. The group must travel across the country as a capsule, and for the first seven days tourists who are not considered protected will have to undergo a PCR test every 72 hours or an antigen test every 24 hours.

These groups can include between five and 40 people. The leader of the group will inform the authorities of the results of the tests and will keep a record of the itinerary and contacts of its members in case the need for an epidemiological investigation arises.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, July 19, 2021. (Credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM / THE JERUSALEM POST)

“In accordance with our policy on the road, we will also live alongside the coronavirus in tourism,” said Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. “We are taking all precautions and using all monitoring tools to maintain public health and identify new variants quickly. At the same time, we are preserving the economy, economic activity, education, culture, tourism and the routine of the Israeli life “.

“The road for returning tourists is still long, so we must act quickly and correctly to increase the number of visitors coming to Israel,” said Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov. “The Israeli economy needs it and, of course, the workers in the tourism industry need it.”

The scheme was also expected to be approved by the Knesset on Monday to start on Tuesday.

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