Israel to welcome vaccinated visitors this summer
by Jessica Pook
Israel plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated visitors from May.
The phased reopening will see vaccinated group tours among the first international visitors to be allowed to enter the country.
From July, individual tourists will be able to enter Israel subject to several criteria.
All visitors to the country will need to present either a negative Covid test taken before their flight or a vaccine certificate.
Upon arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport, visitors will be required to undergo a serological test to help diagnose diseases and check immune status.
The tourist board claims that life in the country has returned to a situation which is close to normal, thanks to Israel’s high vaccination rate.
Israel's Minister of Tourism, Orit Farkash-Hacohen, said that Israel has vaccinated around 80% of its adult population, describing it as "not only an attractive destination, but a healthy destination."
She said: “I would like to see more people entering with vaccinations or negative PCR tests so we have more tourists, but it is a gradual process. At the policy level, we need to balance opening the skies with protecting the public's health."