Update: Under diplomatic pressure, Israel has reversed course and will continue to designate the UAE as a green country.
Ynet is reporting that Israel is changing the UAE, Finland, and Uruguay from “Green Countries” to “Red Countries” and returning passengers will have to quarantine.
This will go into effect for arrivals into Israel starting on December 17th. It will last until at least December 21st, but is likely to be extended.
This comes after Israel is set to begin a nighttime curfew in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The timing seems odd to me, as new COVID-19 cases in the UAE seems to be fairly stable over the past few months. Anyone have any theories?
Travel from Israel to the UAE has exploded this month, with FlyDubai quickly moving from 2 daily flights to 4 daily flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai! El Al, Arkia, and Israir also serve the route. It remains to be seen how those flights will be affected by today’s announcement.
Some 155 Israelis were detained upon arrival in Dubai yesterday as FlyDubai failed to obtain visas for them. After 4 hours of waiting and a diplomatic intervention, they were allowed to enter the UAE.
This move will effectively close the loophole for Israelis to meet with foreign nationals in Dubai in order to avoid quarantine or to spend 2 weeks in Dubai after coming from a red country before flying back to Israel in order to avoid quarantine.
Did you have plans to travel between Israel and the UAE? Will you cancel those plans?