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Health minister says limitations on Sinai crossing will end

A beach in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, on June 6, 2019. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
A beach in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, on June 6, 2019. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announces that he will not extend the special limitations on pedestrian traffic at the Taba Crossing that have been in place since it was reopened two weeks ago.

Those restrictions allowed up to 300 people to pass — on foot only — daily on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday), provided that they are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 and received approval for the trip in advance.

All pedestrians have been required to sign up in advance to receive an entry and exit permit to visit the Sinai Peninsula — a vacation hotspot for many Israelis.

Those regulations will expire on Tuesday and the Taba Crossing near Eilat will operate in a similar manner to Ben Gurion Airport from here on out. Pedestrians will still need to prove they’re vaccinated to avoid quarantine and present a negative PCR coronavirus test in order to cross.

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