Israel Extends Travel Warning to Additional Countries and Reopens for Tour Group Pilot Program

Israel Warns Against Travel to Additional Countries

On May 20, Israel announced it would add Argentina, Russia, and Seychelles to the list of countries designated with a travel warning.

Unless granted an exception, Israeli citizens and residents are not permitted to travel to and from red countries: Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and Ukraine. Travel permits to these destinations require approval from the Exceptions Committee. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to isolate on arrival.

The Ministry of Health also warned against traveling to countries in Africa, Central and South America, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Poland, Romania, and Serbia.

These regulations are in effect until May 30, 2021, at which time they may be extended. Generally, the Ministry of Health advises against any nonessential travel.


Tourism Ministry Introduces a Tourism Pilot Program

Israel’s economy is significantly supported by international tourism and tour groups. This week, the Tourism Ministry launched a pilot program for select countries, including the United States, the UK, and Germany. The pilot program offers 20 slots for groups of 5 to 30 travelers. All travelers must be vaccinated by an approved COVID vaccine and will be required to perform two PCR tests, one up to 72 hours before arriving and one upon arrival.

It is expected that the pilot will expand in June, and individual travelers will be permitted entry in July.

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