After almost two years since the global COVID-19 pandemic started, Israel on Monday opened its borders to tourists who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the disease.

On November 1, Israel finally allowed vaccinated tourists to enter the country in March 2020.

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism is very happy to welcome tourists back since the pandemic has caused a dent in the tourism sector.

The Ministry of Tourism is happy to note that throughout the global corona pandemic, interest in visiting Israel has remained high.

The Ministry revealed before they allowed the tourists back, in recent months they had put in place a trial program with “several thousand tourists, primarily from the U.S.A. and Europe, visiting Israel’s religious, historical, cultural and natural sites within a safe and tourist-friendly environment.”

However, they said not all tourists will immediately be eligible to visit Israel, and those that do come will face restrictions.

They explained that only tourists from countries that aren’t defined as “red” due to high infection rates will be allowed in, although currently there are no countries labeled as such.

Moreover, based on the tourism plan only tourists who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson, and Johnson or Sinopharm vaccines within the last six months will be able to enter the country.

For those persons who got inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine, they can only enter Israel if at least seven days have passed since receiving the second dose and no more than 180 days.

However, those tourists who took the other vaccines, must receive the dosage after 14 days and not more than 180.

According to the same plan, anyone who received a booster shot of these vaccines within the last six months will also be able to enter Israel.

Those recovering from COVID they can only enter Israel if they show that they tested positive at least 11 days before entering Israel.

To avoid possible infection, only 180 tourists who are recovering from COVID can enter Israel.

Also, group tourism is being expanded if they continue to come as capsules and limit their movement.

For group tourism, the members will be required to have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization.

In addition, the travelers will either have to take a daily rapid antigen test or a PCR test every 72 hours for the first 14 days of their visit.

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