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Separation of travelers at Ben-Gurion airport hits snag

Travellers seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport, on June 23, 2021. (Flash90)
Travellers seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport, on June 23, 2021. (Flash90)

Despite the Health Ministry’s announcement yesterday that it would separate those arriving from “banned” countries from other travelers at Ben-Gurion Airport, the plan’s implementation is already troubled, reports Channel 12 News.

According to the network, a flight from Moscow, which is at Israel’s highest COVID travel warning and to which Israelis are banned from flying, is slated to arrive this evening at Terminal 1, where it was moved from Terminal 3 in order to avoid those arriving coming in contact with other travelers. But two flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv are also slated to arrive at Terminal 1 at the same time.

The TV report notes that there is nothing preventing those travelers from Russia — one of six countries, along with Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India and Mexico — from where even vaccinated travelers must quarantine after landing, from boarding the train at the airport with other travelers.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked is reportedly slated to visit the airport later today and assess the situation.

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