Omicron: US, Canada, Germany on Israel’s ‘Red list’

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Omicron: US, Canada, Germany on Israel's 'Red list'

Tel Aviv (dpa) – Israel has tightened travel restrictions for 10 countries as part of measures to contain the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey and Switzerland will be considered “red countries” as of Wednesday, meaning that Israelis are only allowed to travel there with special permission.

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The measures recommended by the Health Ministry and confirmed by the cabinet are set to come into force at midnight on Tuesday (2200 GMT), the government announced on Monday.

More than 50 countries – mainly in Africa – are on the red list.

Israel already has a general entry ban in place for foreigners.

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