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Virus cabinet scraps special permits for returning Israelis

Decision will increase daily number of arriving travelers from 200 to 3,000 while those who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 abroad will be exempt from self-isolating

Itamar Eichner, Adir Yanko |
Published: 03.02.21 , 20:42
The coronavirus Cabinet on Tuesday decided Israelis will no longer require a special permit to enter the country.
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  • The decision will effectively end the state's exemptions committee.
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    The plan will increase the daily number of arriving travelers from 200 to 3,000 while those who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 abroad will be exempt from self-isolating.
    While vaccinated people will still have to undergo a COVID test upon entering the country, non-vaccinated travelers will either have to put down a deposit for a tracking kit to self-isolate at home and or be taken to a state-run isolation facility.
    Israel's top coronavirus health official, Prof. Nachman Ash said that the proposed outline did not adequately address the risk of people carrying new COVID variants entering Israel. He suggested banning departures from Israel for holiday purposes after the holiday of Pesach.
    The virus Cabinet also intends to closely monitor Israelis returning from countries that have reported the spread of new coronavirus variants, so that police will be able to monitor them closely.
    The state will station inspectors alongside police officers to assist in enforcing home isolation. The Cabinet will continue to examine the police's proposal to double the fine for breaching home quarantine from NIS 5,000 to NIS 10,000.
    Meanwhile. the government on Monday voted to open event halls and restaurants starting next week as Israel continued reopening its economy.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein also agreed that schools will resume in-class learning for grades 7 to 10 starting next Sunday.
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