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Israel Reopens All Travel As Country Admits COVID Mutations Made Travel Bans Useless

Amid a spike in Omicron infections, Israel is retiring it ‘red list’ of travel destinations

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth walks past a coronavirus vaccination center, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 © AP / Oded Balilty


Israel has lifted its strict Covid-19 travel ban against ‘high risk’ countries, such as the US and UK, acknowledging that the spread of the Omicron variant has rendered such restrictions obsolete.

Nachman Ash, the director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Health, revealed on Thursday that travel would resume to and from ‘red list’ countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland – which are considered by Israel to be some of the “highest risk” nations in the world.


Israeli citizens and residents were previously prohibited from leaving Israel for red list countries, while non-citizens from red list countries were prohibited from entering the country.

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