A ban that was set to expire Sunday night, will now be extended to 10 days, curbing all foreign visitors to Israel from traveling into the country.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced on Thursday night that all travel restrictions imposed against the Omicron variant will be extended for an additional ten days.
The extended restrictions include the complete closure of the borders to foreign nationals and a requirement for inbound vaccinated travelers to quarantine for three days and take a second PCR test on the third day, in addition to the one after landing.
Moreover, around 50 African countries were designated as red – meaning that Israelis cannot travel to them unless they obtain special governmental permission. All returnees have to quarantine for a minimum of seven days, including the first day in a coronavirus hotel until the first PCR taken upon landing returns negative.
Also, beginning Sunday, the police have been instructed to increase the surprise visits to businesses and venues and to proceed immediately to fine the transgressors, as opposed to warning them first.