With the coronavirus supposedly behind us, Israel reopened to foreign tourists back in June, only to again close its skies several weeks later as COVID-19 infection rates rose rapidly following the introduction of the Delta variant.
Experts now believe Israel’s vaccine booster shot campaign, along with inoculating children age 12 and over, has sufficiently stabilized the situation to again attempt a resumption of tourism.
The following was sent to us by Lydia Weitzman, Foreign Press Adviser to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism:
“The Israel Ministry of Tourism will re-start its tourist pilot program from September 19, allowing organized tourist groups of 5-30 tourists from ‘green, yellow and orange’ countries to visit Israel. There is no limit on the number of foreign tourist groups allowed into Israel as part of this program.
“Foreign tourists must provide proof of a second Israel Ministry of Health-recognized vaccination within the last six months or receipt of a third vaccination in order to qualify for entry into Israel. The tourists will also have to present a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before arrival, and will undergo a serological test on arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport.
“The pilot program, which was initiated in May 2021 to provide a safe, controlled option for allowing foreign tourists to visit Israel, is considered a success. Over 2,000 tourists entered Israel, mainly from the USA and Europe, and not one Corona case was identified among the groups. It is hoped that individual tourists will be allowed into Israel in the near future, depending on morbidity rates in Israel and around the world.”