American Jewry, Israel

This Year in Jerusalem: Israel Now Open to Even Unvaccinated Tourists

3 jubilant female tourists at Jaffa Gate Jerusalem

Were you hoping to be in Jerusalem for Passover this year? If so, you’re in luck. The Omicron wave is winding down in Israel, and it’s been decided that tourists are welcome to enter the country beginning March 1, no matter their vaccination status.

You still have to have a negative PCR test before you board, and after you land, as well.  “We are seeing a constant decline in the morbidity data, so it is time to gradually open up that which we were the first in the world to close,” said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “In order to maintain the public’s trust and ensure that the citizens of Israel follow the guidelines and the decisions that the government makes, it is necessary to open up when the situation improves, and it has improved significantly.

“The situation in Israel is good at the moment. It is a result of proper and dynamic management, which is also why we are opening up now. At the same time, we will keep our fingers on the pulse, and in case of a new variant, we will again respond quickly.”