Seychelles okays quarantine-free travel to and from Israel

Illustrative: Passengers at Ben Gurion International Airport during a nationwide lockdown, on September 24, 2020. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Seychelles announced Saturday that it has declared Israel a “green” country and will allow travelers from the country without the need for quarantine.

Following the announcement, Israel’s Arkia airline announced it would begin operating flights to the African island nation, a popular resort destination, from November 24.

Travelers will need to present a negative coronavirus test and sign a health declaration prior to flying out to the country.

As Europe faces a new wave of infections, Israel recently added Italy, Germany and Greece to the list of countries with high coronavirus infections from which travelers returning to Israel must quarantine for 14 days.

Other European countries going through renewed outbreaks are Latvia, Lithuania and Serbia, and they were similarly added to the list of so-called red countries, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry has urged travelers to check the requirements by their destination countries, specifically their policies for travelers coming from Israel.

Israel lifted an unpopular ban on citizens flying out of the country on October 15, as part of initial steps to ease the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The flight ban had been part of a slew of restrictions added on September 25 to reinforce a lockdown that began a week earlier.

Israel has recorded more than 300,000 coronavirus infections and over 2,500 deaths, out of a population of nine million. The rate of new infections, however, is easing, with some 700-800 new daily cases reported last week, compared to more than 7,500 the day before the flight ban was introduced. Source

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