Israel decided Monday to reopen its borders to foreign tourists vaccinated from January 9, after a one-month closure, deemed “obsolete” because of the surge in contamination with the Omicron variant.
In a statement, the Israeli government said that as of January 9, “vaccinated foreigners from ‘orange countries’ will be able to return to Israel by performing a PCR or antigen test before boarding the plane and being tested. PCR on their arrival on Israeli soil where they will have to be placed in isolation for 24 hours, pending their result ”.
For his part, the former director of the Israeli government’s anti-Covid strategy, Ronni Gamzu, stressed that “when this variant is present and spreading, it is no longer useful to close the borders, it is no longer logic “.
It should be noted that most of the countries currently belong to the “orange” list, presenting an average risk linked to the coronavirus, the “red” list, at high risk, includes 17 countries including France, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States.
On the other hand, the country began offering a fourth dose of the vaccine on Monday, hoping to lessen the impact of the spread of the Omicron variant. This dose is intended for people aged 60 and over for their high probability of developing serious symptoms in the event of contamination.