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Knesset approves plan to allow tourist groups in without booster dose

Travelers seen exiting Ben Gurion International Airport, as Israel opens its borders and allows tourists to enter the country, after months of being shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, November 1, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90
Travelers seen exiting Ben Gurion International Airport, as Israel opens its borders and allows tourists to enter the country, after months of being shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, November 1, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approves a government plan to allow tourist groups to enter Israel even if they have received only two vaccine doses more than six months ago.

Under the plan, groups must receive approval to enter, must all be vaccinated with a WHO-approved shot, must only come from “green” and “yellow” countries, be fewer than 40 people, travel within a “capsule” and be tested every 72 hours during their first week in Israel.

Individual tourists are currently only allowed to enter Israel if they have received a third booster dose or if their first two vaccine doses were less than six months ago.

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