Israel has announced a one-week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing passenger with effect from Monday, 25th January 2021. The move seeks to slow the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus.
However, exceptions will be made for cargo and firefighting flights, as well as trips for medical treatments, funerals and legal procedures.
The decision came even as the country is in its third national coronavirus lockdown, initiated late December and extended until the end of the month due to a surge in COVID-19 deaths. According to the country’s health ministry, more than 2.5 million of Israel’s nine-million-strong population have been vaccinated since the rollout of vaccinations last month.