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Travellers entering Israel to isolate for 24 hours or quarantine for 14 days

A visitor wearing a facemask, as a protection to coronavirus, seen at the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City 9 March 2020 [REUTERS/ Ronen Zevulun]
A visitor wearing a facemask, as a protection to coronavirus, seen at the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City 9 March 2020 [REUTERS/ Ronen Zevulun]

From 16 July, travellers entering Israel will need to isolate for 24 hours or quarantine for up to 14 days, the Israeli Ministry of Health announced on Friday.

All travellers entering Israel will be asked to isolate for 24 hours or until a negative test result is achieved.

The 14-day quarantine is intended for those travelling from countries with high infection rates, even if they are vaccinated. The decision on isolation and quarantine will continue until 25 July and could be extended if needed, depending on infection rates.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, Israeli media reported the countries considered to have high infection rates to include the UAE, Seychelles, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia.

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According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, the list of countries with maximum risk includes Belarus, Brazil, South Africa, Uzbekistan, Belarus, India, Mexico, and Russia. The Ministry of Health stated that Israelis are prevented from visiting these countries without special permission.

Israel's Jerusalem Post reported that the announcement of the isolation and quarantine requirement is part of a series of new restrictions that the Israeli government's coronavirus cabinet approved last week to help stop the spread of the virus in Israel.

The Ministry of Health reported 450 new coronavirus cases on Friday.

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