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World Covid-19. Israel imposes new restrictions on international flights

16:10  25 september  2020
16:10  25 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The country records the rate of highest contamination in the world. The government has declared nationwide reconfinement and announced that only plane tickets purchased before Friday will be valid.

Israel's government on Friday, September 25, announced 's new restrictions on overseas flights as part of an tightening of its measures to counter the coronavirus pandemic.

After two days of sometimes contradictory rumors, Transport Minister Miri Regev indicated that Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv would remain open but that only passengers who bought a plane ticket before Friday 11:00 GMT could go abroad.

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Beyond this date, buyers will not be able to use the ticket they buy. Upon arrival at the airport, a reference will need to be presented to prove the date of ticket purchase [...] and a negative coronavirus test according to the requirements of the destination country, the minister said in a statement.

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The Israelis can return freely

The Israelis will be allowed to enter Israel without restriction, the minister said without mentioning, at this stage, the situation of foreign workers and people with residence status in Israel.

The Jewish state imposed a series of restrictions on overseas flights at the start of the pandemic before easing these measures. Non-Israelis with work visas or residency status are allowed to enter the country unlike tourists.

Highest contamination rate in the world

The health situation has deteriorated in Israel, which has become the country with the highest contamination rate in the world in the past two weeks, according to AFP data.

In the wake of this increase, the government imposed last week a national reconfinement of at least three weeks and announced a tightening of these measures which come into force Friday at 2 p.m. local (11 a.m. GMT) with the key to the closure synagogues, except for the Monday commemorations of Yom Kippur.

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