Israel welcomes back vaccinated tourists

Tourists streamed through Israel's Ben Gurion airport on Monday (November 1) as the country reopened its borders to some vaccinated foreign travelers.

"I'm excited to be here after four years away.''

"I feel great, we all are excited to be back in Israel.''

The new rules allow for tourists who have received Covid booster shots to enter but not if more than six months have lapsed since their last dose.

There are some exceptions.

Entry will be granted to travellers, including children, who recovered from COVID-19 in the six months prior.

Anyone who recovered earlier will also be admitted if they received least one vaccine dose approved by the WHO.

Tourism dropped more than 80% last year, after hitting a record high of 4.55 million visitors in 2019 that contributed $7.2 billion to Israel's economy.

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