Health Ministry Demands Travel Ban to ‘Dangerous’ Countries, Isolation for Returnees

Passengers at Ben Gurion International Airport. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israel’s Health Ministry has registered a demand that the government ban travel to “dangerous” countries where coronavirus is raging, such as India, and enforce compulsory isolation for all returnees to Israel even those who have been vaccinated.

According to a Health Ministry statement, the new strategy will tighten Israel’s borders while allowing widescale reopening within Israel. This is in order to preserve the low infection rate within Israel as much as possible, while at the same time preventing the entry of new infections and coronavirus variants from outside Israel.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has approved the recommendations of Health Ministry professionals, and the recommendations will be presented to the government for approval, the statement added.