Several countries have been put on the red list for Israelis traveling abroad, which means they are advised to avoid going to: Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Turkey due to high levels of COVID-19 there, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.
Israelis who nevertheless wish to fly to those countries will have to obtain special permission.
The ministry expanded the “yellow” list of countries where coronavirus levels are low and travel relatively safe:
That list now includes Austria, Uruguay, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand, China, Czech Republic, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Malta, Portugal, France and Kosovo.
All other countries are designated “orange.”
Meanwhile on Wednesday, health authorities notified parents and caregivers if they are fully vaccinated, they will no longer have to be isolated if their children test positive for COVID.
The policy applies to all those who were vaccinated or recovered within the last six months or who have received a booster shot.