The government of Israel has announced plans to welcome fully vaccinated overseas tourists from November 1, 2021. According to a plan drafted by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office and tourism and health ministries, the country will allow fully vaccinated tourists to enter and explore the nation.
As of now, those tourists completely inoculated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, or Sinopharm vaccines will only be allowed to enter the country. Also those recently recovered from COVID-19 will also be allowed to enter the country if they had received a booster dose of a vaccine approved by the WHO.
But the government also cleared that tourists from red list countries (high infection rates) won’t be allowed to enter. Also tourists won’t be allowed from those nations which are facing an outbreak of the new AY4.2 variant. Health officials informed that on Thursday five cases of AY4.2 were reported in Israel which is a cause of concern.
The PM office said the plan, which must still be approved, may be updated “in accordance with the development and identification of new variants.”
The new variant has been discovered recently in several Eastern European nations and the United Kingdom. On Wednesday, the first case of the new variant was identified in the United States too by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.