Israeli authorities express the concern that Greece might close the tourist corridor between the two countries as there is an increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Middle Eastern country.
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Cyprus and Montenegro downgraded Israel from “Category A” to “Category B” in the relevant evaluation list. This means that Israeli visitors should have a negative test to allow them to enter those countries. There is a worry that the same might happen with Greece as well.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis last week and said that the goal was to open outgoing tourist air routes on August 1st with Greece and Cyprus being the first destinations. ”
“This will depend on the numerical data, that is, whether we will be able to keep the new cases under control,” the Israeli leader had added. Furthermore, Athens has recently stressed that it will open its gates to visitors from Israel.
“We must strictly adhere to protection measures (within borders). If we don’t do that and the growth trend continues, then Israeli citizens will have a problem if they want to travel abroad,” a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.