Israel Designates 21 Countries GREEN Where Incoming Passengers Are Not Required To Quarantine

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Israel designed 21 countries as GREEN on Sunday from which Israelis and permanent residents don’t need to quarantine for two weeks after returning.

There are four countries of Bulgaria, Croatia, parts of Greece, and Montenegro (this last one unclear) will allow Israeli visitors with limits of negative Covid-19 tests.

You can access the Israeli Ministry of Health’s website for GREEN countries here.

Note that only citizens of Israel and permanent residents are allowed to return from the GREEN countries. Others require prior approval from an Israeli embassy/consulate.

It is unclear what precise criteria were used to come up with these countries.

Here are the Green countries as of August 17, 2020:

  1. Austria
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Canada
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Denmark
  7. Estonia
  8. Finland
  9. Germany
  10. Georgia
  11. Greece
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Hungary
  14. Italy
  15. Jordan
  16. Latvia
  17. Lithuania
  18. New Zealand
  19. Rwanda
  20. Slovenia
  21. United Kingdom

Here’s an excerpt from the Times of Israel:

After months of closed skies, Israelis traveling from a number of countries designated as “green” will be allowed to enter Israel from Sunday without needing to quarantine, while Israeli tourists will be able to pack their suitcases and head to three countries without isolating first.

Additionally, Greece, Croatia and Bulgaria will allow Israelis to enter their territories without automatic isolation, but with some other restrictions.

Israelis will need to present a negative coronavirus test from within the previous 72 hours upon arrival in Bulgaria and within 48 hours for Croatia. Neither country will require a test upon landing, nor any isolation.

Greece has stricter rules, with just 600 Israeli tourists allowed to visit per week, and only to four locations: Athens, Crete, Thessaloniki, and Corfu.

Haaretz was reporting that Montenegro is included too:

Four countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, and four parts of Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Corfu, and Crete), Montenegro – will now be accepting visitors from Israel. While Montenegro has announced that it will allow Israelis to visit, but there has been no announcement that quarantine will be waived for those returning from there.

Foreigners coming into Israel are still required to obtain a special permit from an Israeli consulate before their arrival, regardless of whether the new regulation require they self-isolate upon arrival.

Conclusion

I think that we will slowly see travel restrictions relaxed and sometimes retightened if Covid-19 infections rise. Some countries and airlines may require negative Covid-19 tests before allowed to board or enter the country.

It is just a far more time-consuming process (reopening) compared to when countries closed their borders for international arrivals often overnight without any advance notice this past spring.

It is challenging to see any meaningful amount of international leisure travel before this pandemic is over hopefully by the second half of 2021. People are not going to travel if there are test or quarantine requirements in place, or even a threat to catch a virus.

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