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Israel allows entry of tourists vaccinated with WHO-approved drugs

01.11.2021 105 просмотров

Foreigners fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson and Covishield are allowed into the country.

Israel on Monday opened its borders for the first time in 20 months to foreign tourists vaccinated no earlier than six months ago with drugs approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). This was reported by the Israeli state radio Kan.

As the press service of the Israeli Ministry of Health informed at the end of October, foreigners fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Johnson & are allowed to enter the country from November 1. ; Johnson and Covishield, subject to certain conditions regarding the dates and number of vaccines and boosters received. In particular, the last vaccination should not be more than six months old. Eligible foreign nationals must also undergo PCR tests 72 hours prior to departure and at Ben Gurion Airport, and remain in isolation in Israel until a negative result is obtained.

To be admitted to Israel, foreigners within 14 days prior to entry “cannot be in a country located in the red zone [due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus],” the Ministry of Health said. At the same time, the press service of the ministry has not yet published a list of states classified by the department in the red zone. In addition, tourists must fill out a special passenger declaration 24 hours before entry. "Kan" notes that the form of the document as of Monday morning has not yet been published, which makes it impossible to book tickets.

According to the rules published by the Israeli Ministry of Health, from November 15, foreigners “vaccinated with two doses of vaccines Sputnik V no earlier than 14 days ago and no later than six months at the time of completion of the trip from the moment of the second vaccination”, as well as those “vaccinated with a booster dose [of Sputnik V] who, by the time they entered Israel, had passed 14 or more days from vaccination”, but no later than six months after vaccination at the end of the trip.

Foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik V will need to obtain a positive antibody test result in Israel. Tourists will be required to undergo a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before departure, another PCR test must be done at Ben Gurion Airport along with a serological test, the Ministry of Health indicated. Foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik V will have to remain in isolation until they receive a positive serological test result and a negative PCR test.

Development of the idea

Since March 2020, Israel has been actually closed to tourism. Entry into the country was possible only for returning citizens or foreigners who received special permission. Since May, as part of a pilot program, several organized foreign tourist groups have been admitted to the country, fully vaccinated with US-approved drugs.

The Israeli Ministry of Tourism announced back in April that it was considering July 1 as a possible date for starting admission of vaccinated tourists into the country from a number of states on an individual basis, however, the implementation of these plans has since been postponed several times due to the epidemiological situation.

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