Starting August 16th, Israelis will only be able to return home from three countries without having to quarantine, according to updated travel guidelines published by the Health Ministry on Sunday. These include passengers coming from Austria, Czech Republic, and Moldova.

According to the new guidelines, the division of international travel has been branched into three categories. These include yellow countries with low COVID rates, from which arrivals must only isolate for 24 hours or until receipt of a negative test result; orange countries with higher COVID rates, from which arrivals will be required to isolate for one week; and red countries to which travel is barred entirely unless an individual receives special permission from the government’s exemptions committee.

Source: Times of Israel Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90

The list of yellow countries is to includes Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Taiwan, Moldova, New Zealand, China, Singapore, and the Czech Republic. However, only three of those countries — Austria, the Czech Republic, and Moldova — currently allow Israelis to enter. The list of red countries will be Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey. All other countries including the US and the UK will be designated as orange.

Countries already on the list are the UAE, Myanmar, Guatemala, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Colombia, Fiji, Mongolia, and Cambodia. On the other hand, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Zambia, Paraguay, Uganda, Liberia, Panama, and Kenya have been removed on Sunday, and the 18 new countries will enter the list officially on Wednesday.

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