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11 OCTOBER 2021
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Israel has in times past been a large market from the UK normally served non-stop with frequency by British Airways, easyJet, El Al, Virgin Atlantic and Wizz from Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Manchester to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion. The country is on the British green list.
There have been no services from the UK to Eilat since the closure of Ovda, a military airport and the opening of the new Ramon International.
Israel made its presence felt at the Conservative Party conference at Manchester with the presence of Ambassador Mrs Tzipi Hotovely, appointed last year. However in spite of her confident words entry to Israel for a British tourist is not easy with double vaccination a necessity. Getting to Israel at present is beset with difficulties.
Foreigners who wish to visit are required to fill out the online form 'Application for an entry permit to Israel during the Covid-19 pandemic for passengers travelling with a foreign passport.'
The form is for personal application only and priority is not given for those who require entry due to religious reasons. No companions can be added to the application, and a separate application must be submitted to each companion. It can take up to two weeks for it to be dealt with and once issued has a validity of just one month and can only be used once.
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