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Israel said set to let returning travelers take rapid COVID test before flying

Arriving travelers at Ben Gurion Airport on November 1, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)
Arriving travelers at Ben Gurion Airport on November 1, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz is set to announce that arriving travelers will be able to take a rapid coronavirus test before boarding their flights, instead of having to present a negative PCR test, according to Hebrew media reports.

Under the proposed change, which still requires government and Knesset approval, travelers will be able to present the results of an antigen test taken within 24 hours before flying. Alternatively, a PCR test from 72 hours before the flight, as is the current policy, would be accepted.

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