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Experts suggest Bennett end travel restrictions to ‘red countries’

Travelers seen at Ben-Gurion International Airport on December 21, 2021. (Flash90)
Travelers seen at Ben-Gurion International Airport on December 21, 2021. (Flash90)

Health experts reportedly advise Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to cancel the ban on Israelis traveling to “red countries” within two weeks.

According to Walla News, the cabinet of COVID experts tells Bennett to end the restrictions within two weeks, since by then most of the Omicron spread will be within Israeli borders regardless.

Currently, Israelis are legally barred from traveling to so-called “red” countries, which number 68, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, South Africa and many more.

Israelis who return from such countries must spend one week in quarantine with two negative tests, even if they are fully vaccinated with a booster.

As of last night, there are 1,118 total Omicron cases confirmed in Israel, with the majority of them — 723 — among those who recently returned from abroad.

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