Israel: Foreign tourist groups will soon be allowed to enter

Foreign tourist groups will soon be allowed to enter

It will soon be possible for foreign, vaccinated tour groups to travel to Tel Aviv again.

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Israel is easing the corona measures in tourism: From May 23, the first tour groups will be allowed to enter the country again.

Israel appears to be making further progress in the fight against the coronavirus. The vaccination rate continues to rise, while the number of new infections and severe courses has been falling sharply for weeks. The Israeli health and tourism authority has now announced that foreign tourists will also be allowed to return to the country from May 23.

Tourism Minister Orit Farksah-Hacohen and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein presented a phase plan on Tuesday that would allow vaccinated tourists from abroad with a negative Corona-PCR test to vacation in Israel. This was previously banned for over a year due to the contagious virus. However, only a limited number of tourists will be allowed to travel to Israel at first. The numbers would then be adjusted in accordance with the “health situation and the progress of the program”.

Accordingly, from May 23, initially only tour groups are allowed to travel to the country. Only in the next step is the entry of individual tourists allowed.

The country, which is economically dependent on tourism, had previously suffered greatly from its isolation. In the meantime, around five million people in the country with around nine million inhabitants have been vaccinated a second time. The resulting sharp decline in new infections and serious illnesses now allows relaxation.