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Israel has once again changed its coronavirus travel regulations, this time in favor of foreign tourists and other visitors.

Plan to travel now – or soon – while you can because there’s no way to know when the government might again close the gates with the COVID-19 situation changing every day.

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Here’s what you need to know, for now.

Starting Sunday (midnight Saturday night), foreign nationals from non-red countries will be able to enter Israel without the need for special permission from an “Exceptions Committee,” provided they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus under Health Ministry criteria: inoculated twice within the previous six months, vaccinated with a booster shot, recovered with one vaccine shot, or recovered within six months — as documented with an electronic recovery certificate.

The Yad L’Olim organization is recommending, however, that non-citizens refrain from traveling until at least Sunday afternoon, to ensure that all airlines and airports are fully updated on the new government policy.

Starting midnight Thursday night, Israelis are being allowed to travel to (formerly) red countries – formerly, because on Thursday the government decided to delist all of them, transforming red countries to “orange,” meaning they are high risk but not banned.

This means Israelis will be able once more to travel anywhere in the world without requiring special government permission. Nor will they have to quarantine for a week upon their return, provided they are fully vaccinated.

All specific details on the policy for foreign nationals traveling to Israel can be found (in English) by clicking here.

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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.
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