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Israel adds Cyprus, Georgia, Turkey, UK to travel ban list


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Travelers arriving at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel on July 1, 2021.
Nati Shohat/Flash90Travelers arriving at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel on July 1, 2021.

Travel ban to four countries goes into effect July 30 pending government approval

Israel's coronavirus cabinet on Thursday added Cyprus, Turkey, Georgia and the United Kingdom to the list of red countries with high COVID-19 infection rates, pending government approval.

The decision to ban travel to the four countries would take effect on Friday, July 30.

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Israelis cannot travel to countries on the travel ban list unless they gain an exemption from the government. Violators face a significant fine upon return.

Upon return to Israel, all vaccinated people must be tested for the coronavirus at Ben Gurion Airport and enter quarantine for a 24-hour period or until they receive their PCR test results, whichever comes first. Unvaccinated people must be tested at the airport and then enter quarantine for seven days. Another PCR test must be taken on the seventh day of isolation.

Israel recently expanded the testing capabilities at the airport.

The list of red countries already includes Uzbekistan, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, Spain, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

Cyprus and Turkey, given their proximity, are two of the more popular destinations for Israeli tourists.