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Israel Reopens To Locals With Vaccine, Foreign Travelers This Summer
Israel has reopened its hotels, pools, gyms and other leisure and entertainment activities, and individuals must show a “green pass” to gain entry.
The pass, sometimes referred to as a “vaccine passport,” certifies that an person has either received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or has recovered from the virus and has presumed immunity.
On the country’s official Health Ministry app, Israelis can upload their identification and link to their Health Ministry files. These files show if they have received the vaccination or if they have recovered from COVID-19.
Those who neither applies to can take a COVID-19 test, which, if negative, can display the negative result on the app for up to 72 hours.
According to Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen, an estimated 60% of adult Israelis are eligible for the green pass.
Israel’s decision to reopen comes after around 40% of Israel nationals have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and as the country is seeing a decrease in its COVID-19 numbers.
“Today – finally, finally – there is an encouraging sign, a small reduction in morbidity,” said Health Minister Yuli Edelstein. “If this vector continues, we will meet all of our commitments.”
The system was initially called “green passport” but has since undergone a name change to avoid confusion about it enabling international travel.
Other countries said to soon be adopting a similar program include Sweden, Denmark, Bahrain, and Cyprus.
Israel plans to reopen for international tourism this summer.