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Israel Says to Require 14-Day Isolation for Travelers From UK

Israel Says to Require 14-Day Isolation for Travelers From UK

Sunday, 18 October, 2020 - 10:45
Health Ministry inspectors speak with a woman who is in self quarantine as a precaution against coronavirus spread in Hadera, Israel March 16, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/RONEN ZEVULUN)

Israel will require incoming travelers from the UK to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival under new coronavirus guidelines, information on an Israeli official website showed on Sunday.

The infection rate in the UK has risen sharply in recent weeks, prompting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to introduce tighter restrictions and local lockdowns, Reuters reported.

The UK had been one of 31 "green" countries from which travelers who meet a series of special requirements could enter Israel without a mandatory quarantine period.

The UK's status will change to "red" on Oct. 23, Israeli health ministry information showed.

The health ministry identifies some 185 other countries and localities as red, implying high infection rates.

Incoming Israeli travelers are also subject to mandatory self-isolation.

On Sunday, Israel began rolling back a second-wave lockdown. The country has closed its borders to most non-Israelis, with minor exceptions.

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