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The outbreak of COVID-19 variant Omicron in Israel drove health officials to cancel its list of high-infection “red” countries to which Israelis are barred from flying, effective as of midnight Thursday.

Health Ministry Director-General Prof. Nachman Ash said the red country listing was done to stop Omicron from spreading but since it’s spread already it is already pointless to continue with the travel ban.

With the lifting of the order, Israelis can now resume travel anywhere across the world without needing special governmental permission, or to quarantine for a week upon their return – provided that they are vaccinated.

The order also lifted the travel ban on the United States and the UK.

Based on the latest Health Ministry data 7% of the cases registered in the past week and 4% of the cases of the previous day came from people returning from abroad.

It was learned that a few days earlier their numbers were more than 20%.

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