| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Israel to allow in all tourists regardless of COVID vaccination status

From March 1, Israel will allow all visitors to enter, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a statement issued by the prime minister’s office on Sunday.

According to the statement, entry into Israel would still need two PCR tests, one before flying in and one after landing.

Only foreigners who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are currently permitted to enter Israel.

“We are witnessing a constant drop in morbidity figures, therefore now is the time to progressively open up what we were the first in the world to close,” stated Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Israel first shut its borders to foreigners in March 2020. The number of visitors has slowly risen as the country lifted some restrictions, but they remain well below pre-pandemic levels.

Some 46,000 tourists entered Israel last month, up from 7,800 a year earlier but way lower than the 333,000 that visited in January 2020.

“At the same time, we will keep a finger on the pulse, and in case of a new variant we will react quickly,” Bennett said.

  • Reuters