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As of May 21, Israel will no longer require negative results of coronavirus tests to enter the country. The information was released by the Ministry of Health, which also pointed out that no tests will be carried out when entering Israeli territory.
In a press release, the Ministry explained the decision was taken due to the decrease in the infection rate and after a team of professionals from the agency met with the airport authorities. It indicated that the measure would help a quick reactivation of flights and speed up travel processes. However, he emphasized that foreigners arriving and wishing to take the test before boarding a plane may do so 24 hours before the trip.
Nitzan Horowitz, Minister of Health, explained that the measures have been taken for the benefit of citizens, and always considering their protection. He insisted that they will not impose measures where it is not necessary. “We provide all the tools to protect public health, but where there is no need, and it is not necessary, we will not impose restrictions on the public,” Horowitz said in statements reported by The Jerusalem Post.
It was also reported that masks will no longer be required at airports and border crossings, and the same applies for those boarding cruise ships departing from Israel.