Shalom dear Friends and Travel Partners,
As spring turns into summer, Israel, and the entire Middle East, continue to move forward along the path of a safe, open, and fully functional society. With nearly all Covid related domestic limitations and regulations lifted, even face masks will no longer be required anywhere in the country, indoors or outdoors, by June 15th! The only remaining limitations are those concerning international entrée, and the pertinent guidelines are covered below for your consideration.
Please remember that these are temporary measures as Israel is officially conducting an incoming tourism “pilot project,” and that these regulations will change from week to week, so stay tuned.
As part of the “pilot,” Sar-El Tours was chosen, along with 20 other agencies, to launch the project, and we presently are hosting and operating our first group in Israel since March of 2020. The group is going very well, our guests are enjoying their Israel experience, and all regulatory elements are complied with ease.
It was announced this week that the pilot will be extended to June 30th for an additional 1,000 passengers as the health authorities continue to collect data and learn how to best accommodate greater numbers of visitors safely and comfortably.
We expect that the future entrance protocol will be introduced soon after the pilot period ends, and we are waiting for an official confirmation regarding the details and timing of this protocol. As soon as credible information is announced, you will be notified on this platform. As expected, the present guidelines have already relaxed, and we are glad to let you know that the required serological test (taken soon after landing) is expected to soon be replaced with a simple finger prick, similar to a diabetes test.
Below is the general operational protocol we presently follow, and remember that these guidelines are expected to keep changing for the better:
We are glad to see Israel opening up and look forward to answering your questions and group booking requests. Don’t delay please, as we are expecting a flood of incoming tourism very soon.
Blessings from Jerusalem
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