Israel's Buggy Opening: Travelers Grapple With a Busted System

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Scenes of frustration and confusion continue to play out in airports around the world as foreign citizens attempting to travel to Israel encounter bugs in the system that permits individual tourists to enter the country.

On November 1, Israel began allowing in tourists for the first time after the pandemic began. For over 18 months prior, entrance to the country had been tightly restricted to Israeli citizens. A limited number of vaccinated first-degree relatives of Israeli nationals and other special cases were permitted to enter, in a complicated process requiring approval weeks in advance.

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