Tourists who long wanted to visit Israel have reasons to smile today.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the Health and Tourism ministries approved a plan to allow vaccinated and recovered tourists into the country beginning Nov. 1.
Based on the plan which is set to be ratified soon by the government 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.
Moreover, interested tourists must not visit a “red” country for 14 days before traveling to Israel.