Chaim V’Chessed reports that Israel is finally reopening to all students. That includes single students and new students who have been locked out of the country.
Students who recovered from COVID in Israel or were vaccinated in Israel can bypass quarantine requirements. Otherwise you’ll need to quarantine, but you can exit quarantine with a positive antibody test performed in Israel.
Entry permits are still required, and you can apply for one through your learning institution.
Israel’s current ban on foreign nationals is set to expire on April 8th, but I assume that will be extended.
In other news, the Ben Gurion railway station has reopened after more than a year of being shut down. Only those with an Israeli vaccinated or recovered certificate can access the station.
And after Thailand announced that Phuket will reopen to vaccinated travelers without needing to quarantine starting in July, El Al announced that they will operate nonstop 787 service between Tel Aviv and Phuket!
The flight will take 10 hours, but El Al is applying for permission to overfly Saudi Arabia, which would cut the route length down to just 7.5 hours.
It’s great to see El Al reacting that nimbly to reopenings. Now let’s hope Israel will soon figure out how to safely reopen!