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Sports COVID-19. Israel reopens its borders to the tourists vaccinated

15:55  01 november  2021
15:55  01 november  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Jérusalem, comme le reste d’Israël, accueille à nouveau les touristes depuis ce lundi 1er novembre. © Jerome Fouquet / West-France Jerusalem, as the rest of Israel, welcomes the tourists again since Monday, November 1st.

After a year and a half closed borders, Israel announced to welcome the tourists -Facinate- on Monday, November 1st.

After more than a year and a half without tourists, Israel reopened its borders to vaccinated travelers Monday, November 1, after a decline in contamination and in parallel with a national campaign of Vaccination in favor of the recall doses.

Only tourists vaccinated

borders reopen, certainly, but only for vaccinated. Travelers must submit a vaccination certificate of less than six months and a PCR test from a maximum of 72 hours before leaving for Israel, then pass a second test on arrival.

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⚠️ Travel to Israel ⚠️

The entrance to the Israeli territory to foreign tourists will be possible as possible from November 1st.

Find all the conditions on the @israelenfrance website ???? https://t.co/girpq5oiju

- France in Israel (@amffranceisrael) October 27, 2021

Merchants eager

in the old town of Jerusalem, where the holy sepulcher are concentrated, the wall of lamentations and The esplanade of mosques, traders impatiently wait for the return of customers.

This is the case of Rami Razouk, a souvenir merchant who has regained a smile after sold for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, postcards and t-shirts to foreign tourists: " I am Very happy, it had been a long time since I sold anything. Look at all this dust! "

" I hope the government will not come back to its decision , "says the merchant, whose stall is located in the Palestinian part of the city. It is nevertheless aware that even though he arrives, " Tourists will not come back in a day or a month ."

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2019, Year of Tourism

Israel had known an exceptional tourist year in 2019 with 4.55 million visitors. In 2021, the authorities expect to accommodate 300,000 tourists, some had arrived earlier this year in organized groups, and estimate 22 billion shekels (six billion euros) losses for the economy.

" The tourism industry rolled 200 km / h and had to stop suddenly because of COVID ," says Amir Halli, general manager at the Ministry of Tourism. " It's going to take time before resuming [...] but I hope every month we will be able to improve the numbers .

in Jerusalem, the hotel industry believes losing a million shekels a month for each closed hotel. " today is a fantastic day because we see the end of the tunnel", supports David Tucker, from the local hotel association.

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