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Israel set to add Greece to list of countries requiring quarantine

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Pedestrians walk in Ermou street, central Athens, one day before the new national lockdown in Greece starts, on November 6, 2020.
AP Photo/Petros GiannakourisPedestrians walk in Ermou street, central Athens, one day before the new national lockdown in Greece starts, on November 6, 2020.

"Reasonable” chance United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Turkey will join the banned list in the coming weeks

As the continued spread of the delta variant puts paid to the hope that the COVID-19 pandemic would finally be on the wane after the vaccine rollouts across the world, Israel is expected to add Greece to the list of countries from which domestic returnees would be required to quarantine.

Israel's national broadcaster Kan News reported that officials were mulling the move in the wake of rising infection rates in Greece, as well as a number of cases found among holidaymakers arriving back in Israel from the nearby nation, according to The Times of Israel (TOI).

Greek officials have blamed a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the eastern Mediterranean country on the delta variant, which crowded entertainment venues have potentially exacerbated.

Greece is an extremely popular tourist destination for Israeli vacationers, with 200-230 flights between the two nations every week.

Meanwhile, Spain and Kyrgyzstan will be added to the list of countries with extreme rates of infection, to which Israelis are barred from flying, provided that a government committee approves the ministry’s request, reported TOI

Israelis who travel to banned countries could face up to a NIS 5,000 ($1,500) fine and include: Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, and Russia.

It also seems that there is a "reasonable" chance that the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Turkey will join the banned list of countries in the coming weeks. 

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