EU Countries Agree to Open Up to Israelis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -
The empty departure hall of Ben Gurion International Airport. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90)

The European Union on Thursday added Israel to the list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to visit for leisure, as Europe seeks to revive travel and salvage summer tourism from tough COVID-19 restrictions.

Reopening to Israeli tourists comes as the EU is moving to ease its current blanket ban on non-essential travel from foreign countries, with only a handful of exceptions, including New Zealand and Australia.