As Israel deals with a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, it has decided not to reopen its borders to foreign travelers until at least the beginning of August.
The Israel Airports Authority on June 25 informed airlines operating from Ben Gurion Airport that the country's ban on non-citizen, non-resident incoming travelers has been extended until August 1.
The message said that passengers from all countries who are not Israeli citizens or residents are prohibited from entering the country, even for connecting flights, unless their entry is approved in advance by the Population and Immigration Authority. The airlines are responsible for returning any of their passengers whose entry to Israel is denied, the authority added.
All citizens or non-citizen residents are required to go into quarantine for 14 days upon their return.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Israel had been expected to rise after the country took a series of steps to reopen its economy. Overall, Israel has been relatively successful in clamping down on the virus. Some countries are not even considering reopening their borders in the coming weeks.