ben gurion DR Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport before the pandemic (Photo:By Oyoyoy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Already closed to foreign visitors, Israel’s borders are also closing to departures to several strategic destinations for business travel. France and the United States have just joined the “red list” defined by the Israeli authorities. “As of Monday, December 20, 2021, midnight, France is classified on the list of red countries by the State of Israel. As a result, foreign tourists (not holding an Israeli passport) will not be able to travel to Israel unless they receive special permission from the Committee of Exceptions

,” says the Israeli embassy in France.

The Israeli embassy also states: ” Israeli citizens are forbidden to travel to countries classified as red. Upon their return from their travels (outside Israeli territory), they must be placed in total isolation for a period of seven days. This measure also applies to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered. In addition, ” Holders of valid visas wishing to leave Israeli territory after Monday, December 20, 2021 in order to travel to a red country (including France), will not be able to return to Israeli territory until further notice

. IsraĆ«l France joins the “red list” of destinations blacklisted by Israel

The red list established by the Israeli authorities now totals about sixty countries. In addition to France and the United States, several European destinations are on it: Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom are also banned.

Florian Guillemin