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Dec. 30, 2021

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Israel removes Lesotho from red list

Israel removes Lesotho from red list

The Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, Israel

Story highlights

  • Israel removes most of its travel red list on Thursday, 30, reducing its bans to a list of a dozen countries
  • Borders will also open to Zimbabwe, eSwatini and the rest of southern Africa but not SA

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ON Thursday, December 30, citizens of Lesotho and most residents of southern African countries could be allowed to re-enter Israel in early January, if the Middle East country lifts its total entry ban on foreigners, as planned.

Israeli citizens will also once again be able to travel throughout much of southern Africa and return to just three days of isolation at home.

The lifting of the travel ban will apply to Lesotho, eSwatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique but not to South Africa.

Israel was among the countries that imposed a blanket travel ban on southern Africa, out of fear of Omicron. These restrictions are being phased out, although there are still notable exceptions.

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A panel from the Israeli Ministry of Health on Monday announced plans to massively reduce the red list, losing nearly 80% of entries. This will see South Africa’s neighbours turn from red to orange, as will Germany, Italy, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ghana. Bharat Express News

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