The Israeli government confirmed on Wednesday October 27 the reopening of its borders to foreign tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 from November 1, in the wake of a vaccination campaign in favor of booster doses.
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week indicated his government's intention to reopen the country to foreign tourists on November 1, but this measure had not yet been validated by the authorities. However, on Wednesday, the government press office reported new measures related to the pandemic by reopening borders to foreign travelers and simplifying the entry process for Israelis and workers.
will be able to travel to Israel without having to first apply for an entry permit but on condition that they present a vaccination certificate not older than six months, authorities said.
Travelers will also be required to present a PCR test no longer than 72 hours prior to departure and take a second test upon arrival.
Upon confirmation that this second test is negative, which is generally done in less than 24 hours, their quarantine will be lifted, the authorities said.
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Israel will recognize the vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm, but also, but from November 15, the Russian Sputnik V. Last week, Naftali Bennett did not mention the Sputnik V in the list of recognized vaccines.
A few hours later, he went to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin there, the Israeli press considering the addition of Sputnik to its list as a
towards his ally.
Some 5.7 million Israelis, more than 80% of them adults, have received two doses of Pfizer vaccine, and 3.9 million the third dose as the government studies the possibility of lowering the age of five to five. the vaccination.