27th of November, 2021. International News. Tel Aviv, Israel.Last updated: November 27, 2021 at 20:18 pm
Israel has announced today, 27th of November, 2021, that it is blocking all entry to foreigners into the country for two weeks – a period subject to review and extension. Further, citizens who are returning to the country will have to isolate for a longer 72 hours instead of the usual 24 hours – even if they are fully vaccinated.
The Jewish capital has also red-listed 50 countries which are high-risk for the Omicron variant. Israeli citizens are warned not to travel to these red listed countries. Citizens who are already there and will be returning from these red-listed countries will have to undergo more rigid screening and isolation than others.
Yesterday, 26th of November, 2021, Brazil, Europe, and the United States banned entry to several South African countries where the Omicron variant was identified.
Omicron is the most recently detected strain of the coronavirus virus that scientists say is more deadly and more easily transmissible than all previous strains. The viral strain was first identified in South Africa, but it has already spread to many other countries around the world. Health authorities are scrambling to isolate cases and stop the spread of the variant.
The protein structure of Omicron suggests that existing vaccines will most likely not be effective against it. That means that both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are at the same risk of being affected by Omicron.
The following is the list of 50 countries red-listed for travel ban by Israel.
- South Africa
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Green
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Guinea Bissau
- Costa do Marfim
- Mauricio Islands
- Reunion Islands
- Saint Helen
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Southern Sudan
- Comoros Islands