Israel said aiming to allow tourists to visit starting April, conditionally

An initial government plan would see foreign tourist groups allowed to visit Israel starting in April for the first time in a year, according to the Ynet news website. However, visitors will face a series of strict conditions.

The report says the Health Ministry has reached understandings with the Incoming Tour Operators Association in Israel, which depend on the progress in the vaccination campaign and other factors regarding the pandemic.

The plan would require tourists to fill out a health declaration at the Health Ministry website before getting approval for the trip, take a COVID-19 test less than 72 hours before the flight, have special health insurance and register a detailed list of places and times for the trip with Israeli authorities in case quarantine is needed. Their movements will be monitored.

At first, only tourists from low-infection countries will be allowed.

The plan hasn’t been formally approved.