As the UK variant of COVID-19 sweeps across the country, Israel is hitting a record number of daily COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Israel will extend its current lockdown through the end of the month in an effort to control the spread while the county works to inoculate its citizens at breakneck speed. Israel’s virus czar reports that getting 1 dose of the vaccine is not as effective as expected, but after 2 doses it appears to be quite effective.
Starting on 1/23, Israel will require negative COVID-19 PCR results from within 72 hours of take-off in order to enter the country. Failure to provide a negative test will result in a 2,500 Shekel fine.
People who have recovered, or who have received both vaccine doses, and are also in the Israeli Ministry of Health’s system as recovered or inoculated, are not required to provide a negative test.
The test won’t be required for those who leave Israel for less than 72 hours or for airline crew than will be in the country for less than 72 hours.
Israel continues to bar most foreign citizens from entering the country. Israelis returning from countries like the UAE must go to a quarantine hotel for 10-14 days.
Hopefully Israel finds a way to accept the vaccination and recovery records from other countries if it hopes to reopen this year…