Israel’s government decided on Sunday to rescind a number of coronavirus restrictions, including the requirement that anyone entering the country be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are seeing a consistent decline in morbidity data, so it is time to gradually open what we were the first in the world to close,” said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
What this means is that from March 1 tourists of all ages, vaccinated or unvaccinated, can enter and tour Israel, so long as they have two negative PCR tests – on before boarding their flight, and one after arriving in Israel.
Returning Israeli travelers need only be tested upon arrival, and can now also fly without first being vaccinated.
The government also decided to stop requiring weekly mandatory COVID tests for school children. That new guideline will go into effect on March 10.
Bennett did caution that should a new coronavirus variant arise, Israel will be swift to act and could reinstate some or all of the previous restrictions.