Skies Open for Israelis to Travel to, Return From, ‘Green’ Countries

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The departure hall at the Ben Gurion International Airport on Sunday. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

After months of closed skies, limited flights to some European countries began Sunday, allowing Israelis returning from a number of countries designated as “green” to enter without needing to quarantine, while Israelis will be able to travel to three countries without isolating first.

Israelis will be allowed to travel to Bulgaria, Croatia, and parts of Greece and not have to enter quarantine when they return home.

Israelis and foreign residents will be allowed to arrive quarantine-free from the United Kingdom, Slovenia, New Zealand, Georgia, Denmark, Austria, Canada, Estonia, Rwanda, Italy, Finland, Latvia, Hong Kong, Germany, Hungary, Cyprus, Lithuania, Greece, Croatia and Bulgaria.

Israelis will be required to undergo a coronavirus test before boarding their flights. Israelis will need to present a negative coronavirus test from within the previous 72 hours upon arrival in Bulgaria and within 48 hours for Croatia. Those traveling to Greece will have to undergo an additional coronavirus test upon landing at their destination and will have to enter quarantine until the results of the second test are received.

Israelis will be allowed to enter four destinations in Greece including Athens, with the number arriving at each destination at 600 per week, as agreed by Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Israel on Thursday.

The four places Israelis are permitted to travel to are Athens, Crete, Thessaloniki, and Corfu.

The first flight of Israeli tourists to Bulgaria departed Sunday and on Tuesday the first tourist flight to Greece will depart.

Due to the ongoing second wave of new coronavirus cases, Israel is currently considered by the EU as a ‘red’ country and therefore most countries still refuse to accept Israeli tourists into their territory.