Flights to Recommence From Israel to Greece and Cyprus

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (C), Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiadis (L) and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pose for a photograph ahead of a signing ceremony in Athens, in 2020. (AP Photo)

Following a significant drop in Israel’s coronavirus morbidity rate, Greece and Cyprus announced Tuesday that they will allow Israeli tourists into their countries with no need for virus testing prior to landing or mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

The agreement comes after intense talks in recent weeks between the countries’ Foreign, Tourism and Transport ministries.

Officials noted, however, that morbidity numbers have been on the rise in Greece in recent days, and the country has imposed various restrictions including a nationwide curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Cyprus is set to allow Israelis entry beginning April 1 based on an agreement reached last month.

Earlier this month, Channel 12 reported that the Israeli government hopes to sign similar agreements with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, as well as a row of European states, where the third coronavirus wave has recently led to a number of nationwide lockdowns.

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