Israel suspends travel to India, 6 other nations citing rise in COVID rates

This regulation will come into force on May 3 and will remain in place until May 16.

Israel barred its citizens from travelling to India and six other countries, citing a massive rise in Covid infection rates there. 

As per a joint press release issued by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office and the Health Ministry on Friday, it was directed that the Israelis will not be permitted to travel to Ukraine, Brazil, Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Mexico, and Turkey.

This regulation will come into force on May 3 and will remain in place until May 16. 

However, non-Israelis can travel to these countries, given they plan to reside there permanently, the press release added. 

The regulation will not apply to those who stay at airports in transit in one of these countries for around 12 hours while waiting for a connecting flight.

The Israeli government has also sanctioned its health and interior ministers to appoint representatives to head an appeal committee and the panel reviewing special cases. Meantime, the Health Ministry advised that those returning from these seven countries must abide by a two-week mandatory quarantine, even if they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.

People who have negative COVID test reports are ordered to be in a 10-day quarantine, the Israeli government said. 

These additional restraints are also required to come into force on May 3 but are subject to the approval of the Knesset's (Israeli parliament) Arrangements Committee. 

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