Despite Omicron, Dozens of South Africans to Make Aliyah Next Week

Nearly 80 olim will be aboard the December 15 flight, but Israel's Health Ministry says they will not be subjected to any special restrictions despite coming from the COVID hot spot where the new omicron variant is currently spreading

Judy Maltz
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A flight full of new immigrants from South Africa – the epicenter of the outbreak of the new omicron variant – is scheduled to land in Israel next week.

Israel was the first country in the world to bar entry to foreigners after the discovery of the new COVID variant last month. Yet, even though omicron seems to have a higher transmission rate than other variants, the government is upholding its policy of exempting new immigrants from all travel bans.

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