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Israel Considers Travel Ban to The U.S. Over Fears of New COVID Variants

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Israel is considering banning travel to the United States, the public broadcaster Kan said Monday, citing an anonymous source.

According to the source, the matter was brought up in recent conversations, but there has not been any decision.

On August 11, the Health Ministry said that the United States’ travel status would be reclassified as “COVID-19 Travel Warning,” requiring all travelers coming in Israel from the United States to report quarantining regardless of vaccination status.

Kan reports that the Health Ministry discusses whether to prohibit travel to the United States due to concerns about new variants of the virus. The broadcaster warns that adding the US to Israel’s list of “red” countries designated as high-risk travel destinations might have political ramifications – especially for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who is scheduled to fly to Washington soon, though no precise date has been determined.

Israel strengthened travel restrictions last night, prohibiting citizens from visiting Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey. The exclusions committee will consider unusual circumstances.

Israel announced that only ten countries might enter Israel without being subjected to protracted isolation upon their return. Rather than that, they will need to isolate for 24 hours or until a negative COVID-19 test is got.

Israel will compel all but ten countries’ arrivals to be quarantined. Australia, New Zealand, Austria, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Moldova.

The new restrictions are scheduled to take effect on August 16 if approved by a Knesset committee.

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