Holidays: Israel now imposes quarantine rules on Britons as UK Covid rate spikes

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Holidays this year have remained uncertain since the coronavirus pandemic began. The pandemic, which hit earlier this year, caused widespread chaos in the travel sector, causing thousands to miss their holidays. Since then, countries around the world have implemented their own travel restrictions to help halt the spread of the virus.

For some destinations, this has included 14 days of isolation.

Others are requiring entrants to submit evidence of a negative coronavirus test.

Britons have been faced with the UK’s travel corridor list which has largely dictated where they can go abroad without facing 14 days in quarantine on their return to the UK.

Countries not included on the list require Britons to self-isolate for 14 days.

But now, another country has imposed entry rules on UK travellers in a fresh blow to holidays.

Israel will now be requiring travellers arriving from the UK to self-isolate for 14 days.

The UK was on the country’s “green list” of countries where those arriving did not need to isolate.

But now, since the UK’s surge in coronavirus cases, the UK’s status will move to the “red list” on October 23, according to Israeli health ministry information.

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Israel has categorised 185 other countries and territories as red.

Israel joins a growing list of countries which are imposing quarantine rules on UK arrivals.

Other countries include Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all travel to Gaza, the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar and within 500 metres of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town and east of Route 98 along the Syrian border.

Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter the country unless they are citizens or residents of Israel.

However, limited exceptions do apply.

The FCDO website reads: “You should submit requests for permission to enter Israel to the Israeli Embassy in London.

“If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to complete an entry form.

“Travellers from countries on Israel’s ‘Green list’ will not be required to self-isolate, unless they have visited a country on Israel’s ‘Red list’ in the past 14 days.

“To exit Israel, you will need to complete an exit form.”

Those returning to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Israel has recorded just over 300,000 cases of coronavirus and 2,209 deaths.

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