Israel reinstates isolation hotels, launches electronic tagging for travelers

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 02.24.21 , 19:22
Israel on Wednesday reinstated compulsory isolation in state-run hotels for people who arrive in Israel from abroad while the Health Ministry launched a pilot program in which travelers will quarantine at home and be affixed an electronic tag as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved extending the order until March 2 after panel chairman MK Yaakov Asher (United Torah Judaism) initially objected to it, imploring the government to present him with alternatives.
Alternatively, travelers will also have the option to participate in the new pilot program and self-isolate at home.
As part of the pilot, the state will initially issue 100 electronic tags to travelers to ensure they do not leave their place of quarantine during the isolation period. The program is set to be expanded to 1,000 devices within days.
Travelers who wish to isolate themselves at home instead of a hotel will have to put down a NIS-1,500 deposit.