Israel currently has a system where countries are labeled red or green. While foreigners have not been allowed into Israel without a qualified exemption since March, returning citizens have been able to avoid quarantine if they have only been to “green countries” in the past 2 weeks.
Additionally, foreign residents with an exemption to visit Israel have been able to spend 2 weeks in places like Dubai and then fly to Israel without having to quarantine in either country.
Effective immediately all countries are now red and will require quarantine upon returning to Israel, but those currently in green countries can return to Israel until December 26th without having to quarantine.
Earlier this month Israel tried to add Dubai to the list of red countries, but backed down for diplomatic reasons.
By requiring quarantine from all countries, Israel will avoid a diplomatic mess, but will also hurt airlines that were doing booming business on flights to places like Dubai and the Seychelles.
Incredibly, there are currently up to 10 daily round-trip flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai. That will surely decrease due to these new restrictions.
Israel requires a quarantine of 14 days, but it can be reduced to 10 days with a negative COVID-19 PCR test, followed by another negative COVID-19 PCR test 9 days later.
Will you still travel out of Israel if a quarantine is required upon returning home?