Prime Minister Netanyahu is demanding the immediate closure of Ben Gurion Airport due to fast spreading variants of COVID-19.
This isn’t the first time that the Prime Minister has requested the airport close down, but support for this move is much stronger than it was previously as the country looks to vaccinate all adults within the next 2 months.
An agreement was reached to halt all flights for at least 2 weeks, except for one-off humanitarian flights. A cabinet vote on the measure will be held Sunday and it may go into effect immediately.
The closure may remain in place until 5 million Israelis have been vaccinated, which may take until March.
There are also fears of a new Israeli strain of COVID-19. Due to uncertainty about whether the vaccine is effective against it, those who have recovered or been vaccinated may still be required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to Israel. Israel previously said those people would be exempt from having to provide a negative PCR in order to enter the country.
I’m somewhat skeptical that the airport will be closed, but if you do need to leave or enter the country, you may want to do so ASAP!
Do you think that Israel will close Ben Gurion airport?