The government of Israel has postponed the reopening of the country to individual tourists by a month. Guests had been expected to arrive from the start of July, but this has now been delayed until August 1st.
Israel has welcomed the first British group of tourists since the Covid-19 outbreak as part of its process of gradually reopening borders to vaccinated international visitors.
In a handover ceremony at the ministry of tourism offices, Yoel Razvozov said he intends to work vigorously to bring the tourism industry back to full operations.
Coinciding with the pilot program to allow the first groups of vaccinated tourists to visit Israel, the Israeli health ministry announced that from Tuesday all remaining coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.
Virgin Atlantic has seen a surge in bookings for flights to Israel, following the announcement that it was one of just twelve destinations on the government’s ‘green list’ on Friday.
Israel will be reopening its borders to international travellers on May 23rd after more than a year. However, visitors will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and will be expected to travel in groups.
Royal Caribbean will begin sailing from Israel for the first time this summer, with the arrival of brand-new ship, Odyssey of the Seas. The vessel will offer three- and seven-night trips in May.
With around 4.3 million people having received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, Israel is currently preparing to reopen its economy. The exit plan is based on the purple and green badge scheme.
The ban on flights will come into force from 22:00GMT and last until the end of January, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
A new plan includes adaptation to the Covid-19 era in all areas covered by the activities of the ministry of tourism, including marketing, infrastructure and the tourist experience.
Etihad Airways will launch a daily scheduled year-round flight to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological centre of Israel, following normalisation of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates.
Etihad has become the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Israel. The service will bring top travel and tourism leaders from Israel to the United Arab Emirates.