Come May 23rd Israel has announced that it will reopen its borders to international travelers after more than a year.
The Pilot program will begin by welcoming vaccinated groups of international travelers. The Minister of Tourism Orit Farkash- Hacohen and the Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein have outlined a framework of phases and guidelines that will be released next week.
Based on the Overall Health situation after phase one – Individual travelers will be allowed into Israel in the second stage which is likely to be in July.
Edelstein said: “Israel is the first vaccinated country, and the citizens of Israel are the first to enjoy this result.
Before boarding a flight to Israel, all visitors will be required to undergo a PCR test. One would also need a serological test to prove their vaccination upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.
In the meantime, discussions will continue with various countries to reach agreements for vaccine-certificate validation, so as to cancel the need for the serological test.
Farkash-Hacohen added: “I am pleased to give this important first step to the tourism industry.
“Opening the skies for international tourism will truly revive the tourism industry, including restaurants, hotels, sites, tour guides, busses and others looking to work and provide for their families.
“I will continue to work for the full opening of tourism to Israel, which will greatly assist the Israeli economy and create workplaces for many Israelis.”
Israel has been working to develop this plan that beside reopening the country to visitors, also ensures the safety for everyone. 60% percent of Israel’s population has been vaccinated hence they are adapting this proactive strategy of having a phased opening and are hopeful that by summer they can open to welcome every visitor to Israel.