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Next week, the decision to allow Israelis to land in accordance with the quota, which was limited by Minister Regev, will take effect.

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From Sunday: A thousand citizens will return every day, fearing delays in entering Israel

Next week, the decision to allow Israelis to land in accordance with the quota, which was limited by Minister Regev, will take effect.


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Keenan Cohen

Thursday, 04 March 2021, 22:16 Updated: 22:19

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In the video: Passengers landed at Ben Gurion Airport and connected to an electronic bracelet (Photo: Niv Aaronson and Reuters)

As of this coming Sunday, Ben Gurion Airport is expected to receive a thousand Israelis every day, at the end of a period in which the sky was closed for fear of mutation and the spread of the disease.

After the Cabinet decided to reduce the activities of the Exceptions Committee, the Airports Authority is preparing for the entry of many, whose return to Israel has so far been prevented.

The daily quota of one thousand passengers is a jump in the number of arrivals compared to the last period.

For example, according to the Population Authority, the number of people entering Israel in the first three days of March was 1,907 people in total.

In February, an average of 603 people entered daily.

However, this is a much lower number than the average in the months leading up to the reduction in flights in January.

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Principles of the decision

  • 3,000 Israelis will be allowed to enter every day through Ben Gurion Airport starting Sunday

  • Returns from abroad will be required for home insulation in addition to vaccinated and recovering

  • Insulation hotels will be operated for the benefit of citizens who cannot maintain home isolation

  • Enforcement of isolation among returnees from abroad will take precedence over enforcement in the general public

  • An additional 660 state labor inspectors will be assigned to the police for the purpose of enforcing isolation

  • Additional technological means will be promoted such as a tracking app with consent for returnees from abroad

  • Immunized citizens will be able to leave Israel without restriction

  • The Exceptions Committee will be significantly reduced and most of its activities will be abolished

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A thousand Israelis every day.

Ben Gurion Airport (Photo: Reuven Castro)

At present, there is no clear criterion regarding the determination of the identities included in the daily quota.

If in the past the application to the Exceptions Committee was on an individual basis, this time it will be determined according to the scope of the incoming flights.

Despite this, the Airports Authority does not anticipate any problems, as the daily number of arrivals is within the quota, and based on the airlines' requests it can be concluded that a "bottleneck" at Ben Gurion Airport is not in sight. Stands at a maximum of 60%.

Another factor that may affect the activity at Ben Gurion Airport is the pilot of the electronic wristband, which the Ministry of Health wants to attach to returnees from abroad who do not want to stay in isolation in a motel. 15 minutes per passenger. Upon landing, passengers required to perform corona checks along with stamping passports will now have to undergo further questioning regarding their transfer to a motel or use of a bracelet. No information has yet been provided on the amount of bracelets that will be awarded, which could further complicate the process.

The process of giving the bracelets is expected to extend the wait at the terminal.

Bracelet distribution positions, this week (Photo: Keinan Cohen)

The Israeli airlines Israir and Arkia stated that the government's decision on the new entry route had a significant effect on demand, and they reported to the Ministry of Transportation on the increase in the number of flights in order to receive more allocations ("slots") to bring passengers to Israel.

Arkia says that most flights are already almost full in accordance with the permitted capacity, and that the company will operate flights to all approved European destinations next week;

Paris, Kiev, London and Frankfurt.

Israir will operate flights from Frankfurt, London and Paris.

According to the information available at the Airports Authority, the high demand is balanced against a small demand for entry permits from foreign airlines, thus meeting the quota of one thousand entrants.

The initial cabinet decision made earlier this week stipulated that 3,000 citizens could enter Israel every day.

This, after the Exceptions Committee was criticized regarding the way it worked, and in the shadow of the upcoming elections and the need to allow all Israeli citizens to exercise their right to vote.

Despite this, Transport Minister Miri Regev initially limited the quota of entrants to 1,000 per day.

The Ministry of Transportation stated that the move came "in order to verify the effectiveness of enforcement," but it can be estimated that the limited scope of the bracelets also met the set of circumstances for the ministry's decision.

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