Israel will require arrivals to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday.
“After a day of complex discussions, we have made a decision: Whoever arrives in Israel from abroad will enter quarantine for 14 days,” Netanyahu said in a video statement posted to Twitter. “This is a difficult decision but it is essential to maintaining public health, which takes precedence over everything.”
The two-week isolation will is effective immediately for Israeli nationals and will apply to foreign citizens from Thursday on.
No non-citizens will be able to enter Israel without proving they have a place to stay out their quarantine. Tourists who are already in Israel will be given a few days to arrange flights back home.
Israel has 58 cases as of Tuesday, according to Worldometers.
The Health Ministry is asking that tourists follow these guidelines: call the national emergency medical, disaster and ambulance service if they experience any symptoms; pay careful attention to their personal hygiene; stay away from public gatherings; understand that they cannot leave and then return to the country and; report their whereabouts while in Israel.