Israel to Readmit Vaccinated Foreign Tourists Next Month

Tourists walk at the Ben Gurion International Airport after entering Israel. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the Health and Tourism Ministries approved a plan on Thursday to allow vaccinated and recovered tourists into the country beginning Nov. 1.

According to the plan, which still must be ratified by the government, tourists who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson & Johnson or Sinopharm vaccines within the last six months will be able to enter Israel.

Recovered foreigners who present a reference to a positive result in a NAAT test (molecular test such as PCR) and passed 11 days or more from the test on the day they entered Israel (and no more than 180 days passed on the day they left).

However, only tourists from countries that aren’t defined as “red” due to high infection rates will be allowed in.

Additionally, tourists won’t be allowed to travel from countries that are seeing an outbreak of the new AY4.2 variant, which has been causing concern.