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Israeli pair said arrested in Crete for trying to fly while infected with virus

Couple is detained at airport in Greece after apparently attempting to board flight despite husband’s positive COVID-19 test

Passengers wait to pick their luggage at Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport in Heraklion, on the island of Crete, Greece, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Harry Nakos, File)
Passengers wait to pick their luggage at Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport in Heraklion, on the island of Crete, Greece, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Harry Nakos, File)

An Israeli couple was arrested in Greece on Monday after trying to board a flight back to Israel despite one of them testing positive for the coronavirus, the Ynet news site reported.

The couple were said to have been detained at the Heraklion International Airport on the Greek island of Crete.

The pair was arrested and taken in handcuffs to a quarantine hotel, the report said.

There was no immediate comment from the Foreign Ministry on the matter.

Vaccinated Israelis are permitted to enter Greece without a coronavirus test, while those who are not inoculated are required to provide negative test results before being allowed in.

All travelers to Israel who have left the country for 72 hours or longer must present a negative PCR test before flying.

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