Israel says it will open to foreign tour groups amid spike in COVID-19 cases

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The country’s tourism ministry announced on Sunday that it would start allowing organized tour groups to enter the country from September 19.

Israel says it will soon reopen to foreign tour groups – even as it battles one of the highest rates of coronavirus infections in the world.

The country’s tourism ministry announced on Sunday that it would start allowing organized tour groups to enter the country from September 19.

Tourists will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, present a negative PCR test before their flight and undergo both PCR and serological tests upon arrival. Visitors should quarantine in their hotels until test results come back – a process that should take no longer than 24 hours.

Tourists from a handful of ‘red’ countries with high infection rates – including Turkey and Brazil – will not be allowed to visit at this time.

Israel launched a similar program in May after vaccinating most of its population earlier this year. But the program was suspended in August when the delta variant began to spread.

In recent weeks, the country began administering booster shots to anyone vaccinated more than five months ago. The campaign has shown signs of the delta’s outbreak being brought under control, allowing the government to begin allowing tourists to return.

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