Chaim V’Chessed reports that Israel will once again honor and issue entry permission for unmarried people with student visas to return to Israel after being abroad for up to 1 month. Israel stopped allowing single students with visas to enter the country due to the UK variant of COVID-19, but the policy of only allowing married students to enter was found to be discriminatory.
Globes reports that after getting their 2nd vaccine dose, Israel will issue “Green passports” that will allow holders to skip quarantine upon return to Israel from abroad. Cyprus has also announced that they will recognize Israeli green passports and allow holders to visit without having to quarantine.
Green passports will also be issued to those who have recovered from COVID-19. That should include those who have a positive followed by a negative PCR result and those who have antibodies.
The green passports will have an initial validity of 6 months and private businesses in Israel will be allowed to deny entry to those without a green passport.
It’s unclear how traveling with children will work as the vaccine is not yet approved for use in those under 16. Will they be exempt from having to quarantine when traveling with their parents? Will schools accept them back even if they are returning from abroad without having to quarantine?
Unfortunately, Israel doesn’t recognize medical records from abroad, so it’s unclear if Israel will recognize vaccinations or recoveries from abroad, though that would be a great way to open the country to tourism again!
Do you think more countries will launch green passports?