Israel restricts travel to southern Africa as new ccoronavirus variant emerges

Itamar Eichner, Nadav Eyal |
Published: 11.25.21, 23:01
Israel on Thursday suspended flights to and from several southern African countries following reports of the discovery of a new coronavirus strain
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Health Ministry officials Thursday evening to discuss the potential risks posed by the new variant that was discovered by scientists in South Africa and is believed to be able to skirt vaccine protection.
He said that he has accepted the ministry's recommendation to restrict travel to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Namibia after weeks in which Israelis were allowed to travel to any destination around the world thanks to the country's successful COVID-19 vaccine booster shot campaign. Travelers arriving from the aforementioned countries might be required to self-isolate for a period of at least 10 days upon touching ground in the Jewish even if they have had three doses of a coronavirus vaccine.