As of March 12, no foreigner can enter the country without a 14-day self quarantine, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It’s a difficult but necessary decision, says country’s PM.
To this date, 50 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Israel, but that number is predicted to rise in upcoming days. Due to that fact, Israeli government decided to take further steps to protect its citizen: EVERYONE arriving in Israel will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“All those coming to Israel from abroad will be placed in isolation,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
New regulations would be effective immediately for all Israelis returning to country, but will apply to foreign citizens on March 12 (from 8:00 PM) and will be valid for two weeks. Only after that time the government would reasses the risks again and decide what the next step is.
“After a day of complex discussions, we made a decision: everyone who comes to Israel from abroad will enter the 14-day isolation. This is a tough decision, but it is essential to maintain public health – and public health precedes everything.” Mr Netanyahu said in a statement.
Media report that around 268,000 Israeli people are currently abroad and would need to quarantine themselves on their return. This ruling also means that all people arriving to Israel will have to prove they have adequate accommodation to be quarantined.
Earlier this month Israel decided to quarantine only those who visited Singapore, China, Thailand, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Macao, Syria or Italy within 14 days. Now it applies to everyone.