[TRAVEL ADVISORY] Israel Announces it will Reopen Borders to International Tourism from Greece Beginning August 1, 2020

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakisis to discuss reopening tourism between the two countries, which is set to begin on August 1, 2020. Travelers coming to Israel from Greece will not need to partake in the 14-day quarantine.

“We are thrilled that we have been able to set a date for resuming international tourism, beginning with Greece,” said Asaf Zamir, Israel Minister of Tourism. “This is an important development for the citizens of our two countries and a critical step in restoring the travel industry around the globe, helping to position us all for economic recovery following the pandemic.”

“Resuming flights between Israeli and Greek travelers is the first step in reopening the country for visitors across the globe,” said Sammy Yahia, Israel Tourism Director for India and the Philippines. “We look forward to expanding international travel between Israel and Philippines in a safe, organized manner. As we’re already seeing domestic flights resume this month from Philippines, and with new health and hygiene procedures in place, the tourism industry in Israel is working diligently to ensure that travelers feel safe when choosing Israel as their next destination when International flights open in Philippines.”

Israel began reopening the country to domestic tourism with a phased approach on May 4, 2020. Throughout the last several months, the Tourism Recovery Task Force has been working alongside Ministry officials to put together a plan for safely reopening the country by implementing the appropriate health and safety measures to keep travelers safe, including the Purple Standard for hotels and additional protocols for businesses and attractions.

About the Israel Ministry of Tourism:
The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT), is Israel’s national tourism agency responsible for planning and implementing marketing and promotional initiatives to position Israel as a preferred travel destination. IMOT aims to increase tourism traffic to contribute to Israel’s economy, and to enhance and diversify the visiting experience. IMOT works to promote Israel’s impressive assortment of historical, cultural, culinary and religious attractions – each the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. IMOT office in the Philippines is located in Metro Manila.

Reference: Israel Ministry of Tourism

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