Yesterday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakisis to discuss reopening tourism between the two countries, which is set to begin on August 1, 2020. Travelers coming to Israel from Greece will not need to partake in the 14-day quarantine.
“We are thrilled that we have been able to set a date for resuming international tourism, beginning with Greece,” said Asaf Zamir, Israel Minister of Tourism. “This is an important development for the citizens of our two countries and a critical step in restoring the travel industry around the globe, helping to position us all for economic recovery following the pandemic.”
“Reopening the tourism channels between Israel and Greece demonstrates how we are beginning the move into the new normal,” said Anat Ben Yosef, Israeli Tourism Consul to the Western Region USA. “As countries that have been successful in managing this crisis, we are excited to work closely together to restart an industry so dear to us both in a way that continues to reflect our mutual commitment to health and hygiene. Using this relationship as a model, we can look forward to the day when international travel to Israel can resume at large allowing Americans to experience firsthand the high standards we have reached in terms of tourist wellbeing through our most recent policy changes.”
Israel began reopening the country to domestic tourism with a phased approach on May 4, 2020. Throughout the last several months, the Tourism Recovery Task Force has been working alongside Ministry officials to put together a plan for safely reopening the country by implementing the appropriate health and safety measures to keep travelers safe, including the Purple Standard for hotels and additional protocols for businesses and attractions.
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