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14 Oct 2020 | 11:27 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Ben Gurion Airport to reopen on October 16 /update 63

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Israel's Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) to reopen for international flights on October 16; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tel_Aviv). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank, Palestinian Territories

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Event

Israeli authorities announced that Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) is to resume operations for international flights at 00:00 (local time) on Friday, October 16. The airport had been closed as part of a nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with only those who had purchased tickets prior to the commencement of the lockdown permitted to leave. Arrivals from 31 countries listed as green may enter Israel without requiring to undergo 14 days of quarantine. A list of green countries can be found here. The move also permits entry into the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), with the OPT's and Israel's borders with Egypt and Jordan currently closed.

Authorities previously extended other nationwide restrictions until Sunday, October 18. However, ministers removed movement restrictions for weddings for brides, grooms, close family, and officiating rabbis, and permitted professional sports teams to resume training. Restrictions limiting movement to within 1km (0.6mi) from home, the closure of non-essential businesses, schools, and synagogues, and the ban on non-familial gatherings remain in place. The 1km movement restriction was lifted for those wishing to participate in protests. Further discussions regarding the continuation of restrictions are expected to be held on Thursday.

As of Wednesday, October 14, there have been 298,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Israel with 2098 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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