I’ve been getting endless messages from readers asking if airlines will be refunding their tickets due to the new quarantine requirements for passengers coming from the US.
The only problem is that there is no such quarantine requirement and news reports like this are just #FakeNews:
It comes on the heels of fake news reported last week that flights between the US and Israel were being suspended.
While Israel’s health ministry would definitely like to add a quarantine requirement, that would require the acquiescence of Prime Minister Netanyahu. So far he has been unwilling to sign off on a US quarantine due to political and economic reasons.
That can change of course in the coming days, as more is learned about the virus and as the US is consulted about how to move forward.
The whole situation makes little sense of course. Israel’s draconian quarantine measures haven’t been replicated by any other country. If they succeed in avoiding community spread of coronovirus then they’ll be hailed as genius, but that’s a big if. However if Israel is playing politics about which countries have a quarantine requirement, then it means the entire quarantine effort is a farce.
The rumors of a US quarantine were that people who had been to California, New York, or Washington State would be subject to quarantine. But as there are no records of what states you visit, it would all be based on the honor system.
So Israel’s in a tough bind here. It should be interesting to see which side wins out this week.
If it were left up to Israel’s health ministry they would probably seal the borders and enact a 2 week quarantine on everyone in Israel. But that doesn’t take into account the economic devastation that would come from closing the borders.
Do you think Israel will enact a quarantine on passengers coming from the US?