Two children were discovered by police in the trunk of a moving car last night.
Their mother’s reasoning was simple: They were required to quarantine.
The family had returned recently from Turkey and were stopped in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where the 5-year-old and a 10-year-old were discovered in the trunk, the Israel Police said.
In video circulated by police, border guards were seen demanding the woman open the trunk, and when she did, the two children climbed out.
The family was handed a NIS 15,000 ($4,650) fine for violating quarantine, since all three of them were required to stay in quarantine for a week following their return from Turkey. Unfortunately for them, a vehicle does not count as a location in which one can quarantine, even if it’s in the trunk.
As of August 16, Israelis will be able to return from only 10 countries without having to quarantine, with only three of those destinations accepting Israeli tourists.
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New Health Ministry guidelines divide countries into three categories — yellow countries with low COVID rates, from which all arrivals must only isolate for 24 hours or until receipt of a negative test result; orange countries with higher COVID rates, from which all arrivals will be required to isolate for one week; and red countries, to which travel is barred entirely, unless an individual receives special permission from the government’s exemptions committee.
The list of yellow countries from August 16 is: Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Taiwan, Moldova, New Zealand, China, Singapore and the Czech Republic.
However, only three of those countries — Austria, the Czech Republic and Moldova — currently allow Israeli tourists to enter; some of the others may allow dual citizens to visit under certain circumstances with restrictive conditions.
The list of red countries will be Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Mexico, Spain and Turkey.
All other countries — including the UK and South Africa, which had been on the travel ban list — will now be designated as orange.
Israeli arrivals from any countries, who are not vaccinated or have not recovered from the coronavirus, are all required to enter quarantine for a week.