Israel has stopped its citizens from traveling to India and six other countries. This step has been taken citing high COVID infection rates there.
In a joint press release declared by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office and the Health Ministry on Friday, it was stated that Israelis will not be permitted to visit Ukraine, Brazil, Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Mexico, and Turkey.
This regulation will come into existence by 3rd May and will remain in place until May 16.
Non-Israelis, however, will be allowed to travel to these countries, provided they plan to stay there permanently, the press release said.
This regulation will not apply to those who stay at airports in transit in one of these countries for a time period of up to 12 hours while waiting for a connecting flight.
The government of Israel has also authorized its health and interior ministers to designate representatives to head an appeal committee and the panel reconsidering special cases.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry recommended that those coming back from the 7 countries enter a two-week compulsory quarantine, even if they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, local media reports said.
Those who have obtained two negative COVID-19 test reports will be allowed to be in a 10-day quarantine.
These supplementary restrictions are also expected to come into existence on May 3 but are subject to the approval of the Knesset’s (Israeli parliament) Arrangements Committee.