Irrespective of their vaccination status, foreign travelers to Israel are now to be quarantined for a period of seven days, starting the day they land.
Under the new rules that were updated on Wednesday, any non-Israeli citizen, even if they are fully vaccinated and have an entry permit or student visa, will be sent to a hotel to quarantine for a full seven days, assuming they were vaccinated outside of Israel. Those who were vaccinated in Israel will be allowed to quarantine at home.
On the other hand, under current rules, anybody who comes in contact with someone who has Omicron must quarantine, regardless of vaccination status, which could be highly disruptive if the variant spreads.
In response to the ongoing surge of infections in the country, Israel’s health ministry has also recommended a fourth booster shot for Israelis over 60 and health care workers. Whilst announcing the 2nd booster which will commence on Sunday, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said, “From next week those who are over 60 can get their fourth shot without an appointment. I pray that Omicron will be less aggressive, but people who are more vulnerable need to be the most prepared.”