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Netherlands bans unvaccinated Israelis, requires quarantine for vaccinated

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A steel 3D-printed pedestrian bridge spans a canal in the heart of the red light district in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 15, 2021.
AP Photo/Aleksandar FurtulaA steel 3D-printed pedestrian bridge spans a canal in the heart of the red light district in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 15, 2021.

Latest EU country to restrict Israeli visitors due to rising COVID-19 infection rates

The Netherlands is the latest European Union member state to ban entry for Israeli travelers based on the EU's recommendation due to rising COVID-19 infection rates, Israeli public broadcaster KAN News reports.

Starting on Saturday, the northwestern European country will only allow vaccinated Israelis to enter. 

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Visitors must quarantine for a period of 10 days with the possibility of shortening the self-isolation period with a negative PCR test result taken on the fifth day. According to the Netherlands government website, "you may be exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement depending on the purpose of your trip."

On Monday, a negative PCR test will have to be shown upon arrival to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and other border crossings.

In addition to Israel, the United States, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia have been designated by the Netherlands government as "very high-risk areas" with Lebanon deemed a "high-risk area."

Sweden, Portugal and Italy are also imposing travel restrictions on people from Israel and several other countries deemed to be in the high-risk category based on rising COVID-19 infection rates.

The announcements follow the EU's recommendation to its 27 member states to reimpose travel restrictions on Israel and seven other countries due to domestic outbreaks of the coronavirus.