All people entering Israel from abroad will be required to spend 14 days in home isolation, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.
‘’Whoever arrives in Israel from abroad will enter quarantine for 14 days,” he said Monday as 50 Israelis were diagnosed with coronavirus.
“This is a difficult decision but it is essential to maintaining public health, which takes precedence over everything,’’ he said.
The isolation requirement applies to both Israelis and foreign travelers alike. No non-citizens will be able to enter Israel without proving they have a place to stay out their quarantine.
The move will essentially shut down tourism, and send shockwaves through Israel’s already battered travel sector.
The measures are among the most dramatic to be introduced by any nation in the intensifying battle against the coronavirus. On February 26, Israel had become the first country in the world to advise its citizens against all non-essential overseas travel.