Tourist Nightmare: Catching COVID Instead of a Flight Out of Israel

American tourists in Israel who test positive for coronavirus in the 24 hours before jetting out of Tel Aviv are encountering not just a nasty virus, but also a bureaucratic system geared up for Hebrew speakers and Israelis only

Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

Donald Heller and Anne Simon had been talking for years about taking a trip to Israel together. A wedding invitation from Israel provided the couple from San Francisco with the perfect excuse and so, when Israel finally reopened its borders to tourism on March 1 – nearly two years after the first coronavirus lockdown – they quickly booked their fights.

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