China In, Denmark Out: Israel Amends COVID Quarantine Requirements for Returning Passengers

There are currently 23 countries on Israel's 'green' list, which dispenses returning citizens from going into 14-day self-isolation

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A man comes out of the generally busy arrivals hall at Ben Gurion international airport, near Tel Aviv, March 12, 2020.
A man comes out of the generally busy arrivals hall at Ben Gurion international airport, near Tel Aviv, March 12, 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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The Health Ministry announced on Monday that it had toughened travel controls for passengers coming from Denmark, while they had been relaxed for Israelis coming back from China.

Israeli citizens travelling from a dozen so-called "green" countries, where the rate of coronavirus infection is considered low enough, do not have to quarantine upon their return. Denmark is now considered a "red" country: Returning passengers will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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As of Tuesday, China – where the pandemic began a year ago – will be added to the list of "green" countries. Israelis traveling there would not need to quarantine upon their return. 

China joins Australia, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vietnam. 

The Health Ministry also announced it was considering removing Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece and Iceland from the current list of "green" countries from November 17.

Under coronavirus regulations, Israel only allows its citizens to enter its borders without restrictions. The entry of foreign citizens is highly regulated and only allowed under exceptional circumstances, such as permanent immigration or family reunion. 

All passengers coming into Israel or leaving it are required to submit an online clearance form, which is available on the Health Ministry's official website.

The Israeli regulations only apply to Israel's ports of entry, and passengers should check regulations in the countries they intend to visit.