The limited entry of vaccinated tourist groups will be allowed by Israel from next month, according to an official announcement issued today.
All foreign visitors must undergo a negative PCR test before boarding a flight to Israel and a virology test to demonstrate their vaccination upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv.
A statement from the Ministry of Health and Tourism stated that "a limited number of groups will start arriving on May 23" during the initial phase of the project. Exact numbers were not given.
In the next phase, the entrance of the groups will be expanded while individual travelers will be allowed to enter the country, with the health situation in Israel being the one that will determine the schedule, according to the announcement.
"Israel is the first country to be vaccinated and the people of Israel are the first to rejoice in this result," said Health Minister Julie Edelstein. "After the opening of the economy, it is time to allow tourism in a careful and thoughtful way."
One month ago, Israel began to "open up" its economy thanks to an unprecedented immunization campaign, in which some 5 million of the country's 9,3 million people have already received both doses of COVID vaccine. -19.
It is worth noting that there are currently 3.369 active cases of Covid-19 in Israel, while the daily incidence has been reduced to about 200.