Israel’s coronavirus cabinet approved late Sunday to allow groups of foreign tourists to enter the country despite the fact that they have not received a COVID vaccine booster shot after receiving the two initial doses more than six months ago.
The cabinet approved the entrance of passengers in groups of five to forty individuals in a telephone vote.
Last month, the coronavirus cabinet voted to allow all vaccinated tourists to enter the nation beginning November 1, as long as they have been injected with a World Health Organization-recognized vaccine. From November 15, those who have been vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will be able to enter the country.
Tourists entering the country, however, must provide an entry permit issued by the Tourism Ministry as well as confirmation of vaccination with a WHO-recognized shot upon arrival.
Additionally, tourists must come from “green” or “yellow” nations with low to moderate rates of coronavirus infection and avoid staying in areas with an elevated risk of COVID transmission.
Those who have not had the booster shot will be required to provide a negative PCR test result obtained within the last 72 hours or a negative antigen test result obtained within the last 24 hours during their first week in the country.
According to the new outline, the leader of a specific tourist group must report to the Tourism Ministry the results of all coronavirus tests conducted during the first week and maintain a record of the group’s conduct, contacts, locations, and visiting hours to provide to the epidemiological investigator in the event that one of the tourists contracts the pathogen.
Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz stated that the step is part of Israel’s policy “to coexist with” coronavirus. “We are taking all necessary procedures to protect public health and discover new varieties. Simultaneously, we wish to maintain economic activity, education, culture, tourism, and daily life in Israel.”