Israel’s ban on travel to 7 countries over COVID variants enters effect

The government regulations banning travel to seven countries over fears of importing COVID-19 variants go into effect.

Effective today, Israelis cannot travel to India, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Turkey unless they receive special permission. Israelis may take connecting flights through those countries, provided the connection is shorter than 12 hours.

For Israelis returning from the seven countries, even those vaccinated or recovered from the virus must enter 10 days of isolation with two negative tests, or 14 days with one test taken upon arrival in the country. The vaccinated or recovered do not need to self-isolate if they merely took a connecting flight through those countries, provided the layover was shorter than 12 hours.


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