Vaccinated Tourists to Be Allowed Into Israel at End of May

The closed duty-free shopping area at the Ben Gurion International Airport seen last year. (Flash90)

The Health Ministry and the Tourism Ministry have announced that a date has been set for the entry of vaccinated foreign tourists into Israel.

Vaccinated foreigners will be allowed to stay entering the country in groups starting from May 23.

Tourism Minister Orit Farkash HaCohen and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein reached an agreement on the opening and entry of vaccinated tourists from foreign countries in groups.

The tourists will need to undergo a PCR coronavirus test before getting on the plane and another PCR test and a serological test when they leave at Ben-Gurion Airport to confirm that they’re vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

A limit will be placed on the number of tourists who can enter per day.

“Israel is the first vaccinated state, and the citizens of Israel are the first to enjoy it,” said Health Minister Yuli Edelstein. “After we have opened up the economy, it is time to carefully and thoughtfully facilitate tourism. The opening of tourism is an important line for one of the industries that was particularly damaged in the year of coronavirus. We will continue to examine the relief at all times in accordance with the morbidity data.

In accordance with the results of the first phase, the possibility of expansion will also be examined for individual tourists, as long as the morbidity continues the current trend.

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