Report: Israel Considers Ending Negative COVID Test Requirement for Inbound Flights

Government officials are considering ending the requirement for inbound travelers to Israel to show a negative COVID test before boarding a flight to the country, according to a Channel 12 news report.

Currently, anyone traveling to Israel must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative antigen taken 24 hours prior to boarding the flight.

According to the report, the additional test required of all travelers upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport remains in effect.

National carrier El Al has reportedly told health officials that many countries around the world do not require their own citizens to show a pre-travel negative test. It was not immediately clear from the report whether such a move would apply to citizens as well as non-citizens.

While the report said officials were generally in favor of changing or canceling the measure, it added that such changes to current travel restrictions would not happen until a week or two after Israel’s coronavirus morbidity rate continues to decline. .

With the pandemic having dealt a major blow to the airline industry, El Al CEO Avigal Soreq welcomed the discussion, saying: “The State of Israel, like other Western countries, has made the decision to live alongside the coronavirus.

“In 2022, international aviation will not be a luxury, but a part of everyone’s life. The Western world, as well as the World Health Organization, recognize and understand that aviation is not a cause of further morbidity and that restrictions on traffic between countries are an ineffective tool to prevent the spread of the virus.”

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