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Bennett convenes hearing on Omicron travel restrictions

Arriving travelers walk to the COVID-19 testing area at Ben Gurion International Airport, on November 28, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Arriving travelers walk to the COVID-19 testing area at Ben Gurion International Airport, on November 28, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opens a hearing into the issue of the new travel restrictions on fully vaccinated Israelis.

Bennett and health officials are slated to weigh a continuation of the restrictions, which came into effect late last month with the spread of the new Omicron COVID variant.

Currently, even those Israelis with three vaccine doses must complete three days of quarantine when returning from any country abroad, pending two negative tests. Those who do not show up for a second test are subject to a NIS 2,500 fine. Those not vaccinated or without a booster must complete seven days.

The restrictions are currently in place until December 13, although Health Ministry director-general Nachman Ash said earlier today that he believes it is too soon to discuss lifting them.

So far, 21 Omicron cases have been confirmed in Israel.

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