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Israel bans travel to COVID-hit India and 6 other countries; check details here

NEW DELHI: Israel has banned its people from travelling to India and six other nations due to high COVID-19 infection rates in these countries.

Besides India, Israelis will not be allowed to fly to Ukraine, Brazil, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mexico and Turkey, this has been announced through a joint press release released by the Israel prime minister’s office and the health ministry on Friday.

This rule will be effective from May 3 and will remain in effect till May 16.
However, non-Israelis would be allowed to fly to these countries if they want to live there indefinitely, said the press release.

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Those who remain at airports in transit in one of these countries for up to 12 hours while waiting for a connecting flight would be exempt from the rule.

According to international media, the health ministry has suggested a two-week mandatory quarantine for those returning from the seven countries, even if they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.

They said those who have received two negative COVID-19 test results would be put in a 10-day quarantine.

These additional restrictions are also due to be effective on May 3, but they must first be approved by the arrangements committee of the Knesset (Israeli parliament).

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