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Israel will allow more tour groups starting Sept. 19

Israel will allow more tour groups starting Sept. 19
The Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

Israel is about to enter its next stage of reopening – from Sept. 19, organized tourist groups of 5-30 tourists from “Yellow and Orange” countries will be allowed to visit the country, The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) said in a release on Thursday (Sept. 9).

There is no limit on the number of foreign tourist groups allowed into Israel within this program, the ministry said.

To qualify for entry into Israel, foreign tourists must have proof of a second Israel Ministry of Health-recognized (FDA- or EMA-approved vaccine) vaccination within the last six months or receiving the third vaccination.

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Tourists will also have to present a negative PCR test, take up to 72 hours before arrival, and undergo a PCR and serological test at Ben Gurion airport.

Upon receiving the PCR and serological results taken in Israel with negative COVID-19 results, the tourists are free to travel within the country.

The program, initiated in May 2021 to provide a safe, controlled option for allowing foreign tourists to visit Israel, is considered a success.

Since launching the new program, more than 2,000 tourists have entered Israel, mainly from the United States and Europe.

It is hoped that individual tourists will be allowed into Israel soon, depending on morbidity rates in Israel and worldwide.

“We are hoping that this ‘re-start; will prove to be a powerful signal for qualifying tour groups that have postponed travel, and are eager to visit Israel, that it is once again safe to do so,” said Gal Hana, consul for tourism and director for Canada and The Israel Ministry of Tourism.

The updated entry procedure guidelines “will be published soon,” the ministry said.

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