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Traffic on Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv was 35 percent heavier ahead of the lockdown.

Israel’s Transportation Ministry announced Thursday that proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours, will be required for those taking the practical part of an Israeli driver’s test.

According to the announcement, the new regulation goes into effect this coming Sunday (Oct. 24).

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The theory portion of the test is taken on computer at theory test centers around Israel and is available six days a week.

A series of at least 28 driving lessons, taken with a certified driving school or driving instructor, are required to take the test unless one is converting a license from abroad.

Immigrants from North America who wish to convert a foreign driver’s license and who meet certain criteria can obtain an Israeli driver’s license without a written theory test or practical driving test as of last year – a new procedure welcomed by all new olim.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.