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COVID travel chaos: Israel delays entry for travelers inoculated with Sputnik

CM 15/11/2021


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Israel will begin to accept the Russian-made coronavirus Sputnik V vaccine for the purpose of allowing foreign nationals to enter the country only beginning December 1, the Tourism Ministry announced on Monday, the same day on which it was supposed to recognize the vaccine.
Since November 1, non-Israeli citizens can travel to Israel as long as they are considered fully protected against the virus – inoculated twice within the previous six months, vaccinated with a booster, recovered with one shot, or recovered within the past six months – provided that they were jabbed with a vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization.
Sputnik V has not been green-lighted by the WHO yet, but last month Israeli authorities said that starting from November 15, foreigners inoculated with this vaccine would also be accepted as long as they underwent a serological test upon arrival in Israel and quarantine until receiving the results proving the presence of antibodies in their blood.

The rules are also currently published on the official government website featuring all traveling regulations as well as the entry statement form that every traveler is required to fill in within 48 hours before their flight to receive permission to enter Israel.
However, in the morning, the Tourism Ministry said in a statement that in light of “legal and technological difficulties that in the meantime have been discovered in the existing tourism outline, the entry of the vaccinated tourists in Sputnik will be allowed from 1.12.21.”

 View of coronavirus swab sampling booths at the Ben-Gurion International Airport on February 28, 2021. (credit: YOSSI ALONI/FLASH90) View of coronavirus swab sampling booths at the Ben-Gurion International Airport on February 28, 2021. (credit: YOSSI ALONI/FLASH90)

“By then, professionals will have completed all the requirements, legal formulations, and system checks so that the entry route for tourists vaccinated by Sputnik can start without problems,” the statement added.
According to the NGO Yad L’Olim, which supports new immigrants to navigate through Israeli bureaucracy, including coronavirus travel regulations, on Monday several travelers vaccinated with Sputnik were not able to fill in the entry statement and not allowed to board their flights.
“I cannot understand why the government continues to make grandiose announcements about opening for tourists but then not having the infrastructure in place for them to come,” said Yad L’olim founder Dov Lipman.
“This costs people money and terrible emotional pain, and also turns them off from our country. Yad L’Olim has been flooded with pleas for help from people who were vaccinated with Sputnik who were so looking forward to coming to Israel. And all we can do is beg the Health Ministry to update the form since we cannot go in an change the form ourselves.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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