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Gov’t expected to enforce new travel rules from most infected countries

CM 27/04/2021


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The Health and Tourism ministries agreed Tuesday not to postpone the plan to allow in vaccinated tourists starting from May 23, after earlier in the day the Health Ministry had announced that it would ask the government to postpone it by a month.”The airport entrance, even for the vaccinated, can be a port for mutations, for variants, which is deadly dangerous,” Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy told The Jerusalem Post.  “You cannot have people go in and out and have no barrier, no gatekeeper from the world.”
He said that Israel has to prevent variants that could cause coronavirus to spread across the country again.
“We are really nervous that the opening of the skies could bring us back to where we started,” the director-general warned.
The Health Ministry is seeking to restrict travel from high-risk countries, which currently include India, South Africa, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. The ministry is set to bring its recommendation before the government for approval later today.
According to the recommendation, all nations will be classified into two groups. The current regulations will continue to apply for “tier 1” countries, while for high-morbidity “tier 2” countries a new set of rules would be introduced.
Israelis would not be allowed to travel to those destinations except for very limited circumstances. In addition, all those who have visited them in the previous 14 days will be required to enter quarantine even if they are vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus. Foreigners from these countries who enter Israel will need to isolate in a state-run facility.
The list of Level 2 countries, which currently include all nations for which Israel issued a travel warning last week, will be updated every two weeks based on criteria which include the presence of variants of concern – such as the Indian one – and numbers of people traveling to Israel from those nations. The procedure will be similar to the one used to classify red and green countries before traveling was completely banned in January.

“We decided to divide the world,” Levy told the Post
He said that health officials can tell the difference between a dangerous and a non-dangerous variant. He said that the Indian variant is “challenging” to the efficiency of the Pfizer vaccine, meaning it could potentially break through the protection provided by the vaccine. 
“Every plan that came from India to Israel in the last two weeks had infected people,” Levy said, noting that some of the travelers were fully vaccinated. “And these were people that were supposed to have a negative PCR test – I hope they were not forged or fake.”
According to the outline presented by the Health and Tourism ministries at the beginning of the month, starting from May 23, the first vaccinated tourists are going to be able to enter the country after over a year. They will need to present a negative PCR test before boarding the flight and undergo another PCR test upon arrival, as well as a serological test to prove the presence of antibodies.
In the first phase, only tourists traveling in groups are going to be allowed in, while individual tourists will be able to start traveling to Israel from July 1, if the epidemiological situation remains good. 

Source: Jerusalem Post

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