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Tourist entries to Israel last month 128% higher than in September 2020 — ministry

Travelers are seen at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on September 20, 2021. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Travelers are seen at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on September 20, 2021. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

The Tourism Ministry reports tourist entries to Israel last month were more than double the number in September 2020, but were less than 10 percent than the pre-COVID figure recorded for that month in 2019.

A statement from the ministry says 34,500 tourists entered Israel in September this year, up 128% from the year before when the then-government imposed a national lockdown amid the country’s second coronavirus wave. The Tourism Ministry says 405,000 tourists entered Israel in September 2019.

Between January and September this year, 243,500 tourists entered Israel, down from 782,700 during that period in 2020. The ministry did not explain why tourist entries were down in 2021 relative to last year. The previous government shuttered Israel’s airports and land borders for several weeks this year starting in late January as morbidity and fatalities surged.

In 2019, nearly 3.3 million tourists entered Israel between January and September.

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