Israel to ban travel to UK over Covid surge

Georgia, Cyprus and Turkey are also being added to Israel’s ‘red list’


A patient receives a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at the outpatient clinics of the Cardiovascular Centre at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 12, 2021. - Israel on July 12 began administering a third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to patients with compromised immune systems, as cases in the country rise, the health ministry said. Those immediately eligible for a third shot include people who have had heart, lung and kidney transplants and some cancer patients. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel has announced a plan to ban travel to Great Britain from next week as part of a bid to curb rising Covid-19 infections.

Georgia, Cyprus and Turkey are also being added to Israel’s ‘red list’ under new measures to be put to the Israeli government on Sunday and set to take effect next Friday.

Unvaccinated travellers landing in Israel will have to quarantine for seven days and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test upon their release.

Israel has also been hit by the Delta variant, with more than 1,300 new infections and an uptick in the number of serious cases recorded on Wednesday.

But Israeli PM Naftali Bennett said the country could overcome the surging variant if members of the public got “vaccinated, mind the older population and wear masks.”

“It is in our hands to choose whether to act responsibly and have an open and free country, or to stick our head in the sand and – Heaven forbid – bring about endless lockdowns, again,” he said.

Mr Bennett also announced plans to renew Israel’s “Green Pass” restrictions, which include barring unvaccinated people over the age of 12 from entering events of more than 100 people.

The measures, to take effect on 29 July and subject to government approval on Sunday, will not affect those who recovered from Covid-19 or have proof of a recent negative test.

The rule will extend to all closed and open spaces, including places of worship, tourist attractions and restaurants.

And from August 8, unvaccinated people eligible for a jab will have to pay for their Covid-19 tests.

“There is no reason why the taxpayers and people who have carried out their civic duty and have been vaccinated should finance tests for those who refuse to get vaccinated,” Mr Bennett said.

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