From Tuesday: Airlines Can Operate Flights To and From Israel

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Passengers walk in the arrivals hall at Ben Gurion Airport. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The government confirmed Monday that as of Tuesday, airlines will be able to operate flights from Israel to all destinations in the world and back.

Under the current airport regulations, valid until March 20, flights could be authorized only from a limited number of cities, including New York, Paris and Frankfurt. The change is expected to facilitate the return of Israelis abroad who wish to vote in the upcoming elections.

The ministers also considered increasing the cap on daily returnees but ultimately decided not to, due to the opposition of health officials. Moreover, under the new rules the Health Ministry retains the authority of canceling a specific flight if it is believed to endanger public health.

The cabinet also voted to allow youth movements to organize outdoor day trips and approved an update to the “Traffic Light” program, which evaluates infection levels in cities and is used to determine whether schools can open.