Update: Israel has clarified that passengers connecting in Mainland China, Italy, or South Korea are subject to a 14 day home quarantine and/or denied entry if they can’t home quarantine.
Passengers connecting in Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, or Thailand who did not leave the airport will not be subject to quarantine and will be able to enter the country.
Israel has been home to the harshest coronavirus bans on the planet.
Previously they announced a ban on non-Israelis who have visited China, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or Thailand in the past 2 weeks and a 2 week quarantine on Israelis who visited those countries.
Israel is now adding Austria, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland to the list.
Non-Israelis will have to prove that they can home quarantine for 2 weeks in order to enter the country.
With community spread of coronavirus in the US, Israel is going to have to make a very tough decision soon. Do they turn off the tap of lucrative US tourism dollars with the Pesach holiday just around the corner in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus in the holy land?
This decision is even harder and more pressing now that at least 5 members of the Jewish community in New Rochelle and a YU student have been diagnosed with coronavirus, the shul there has been closed down as well.
So far it seems like Israel is not yet willing to make that call as they have at this stage for other countries. But as things get worse in the US, it seems like it will be very hard to avoid a US ban without looking completely hypocritical.
Banning entry from the US will be completely devastating for El Al and the Israeli hotel industry.
But it’s a gamble that might look brilliant if Israel manages to avoid the fate of other countries with community coronavirus spread. That’s one big if…
Do you think Israel will ban entry from the US?