[Field News] Israel Decides to Lift Border Blockades, Choosing Tourism instead of Quarantine

Israel has decided to lift some of the border blockades that were initially taken to block the spread of the now worldwide omicron variant of COVID-19.

On January 3rd, Israel’s Ministry of Health decided to allow entry of vaccinated foreigners from 199 countries classified as having intermediate risk level related to COVID-19, starting January 9th.

In addition, among the 16 high-risk countries, 8 of them—Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain—have been reclassified as medium-risk countries.

Since the omicron variant is mild and has already reached every country, proponents say Israel made a practical judgment, that opening the borders to help the tourism industry is better than insisting on further lockdown measures.

However, Israel has decided to keep Ethiopia, Mexico, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom, and the United States as high-risk and continues to not allow entry from these countries.

Those wishing to visit Israel must prove in advance whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered from infection, and must undergo a genetic amplification (PCR) test before and after arriving at an Israeli airport.

Earlier, Israel banned all foreigners from entering the country at the end of November 2021, right after the first appearance of the omicron variant.

Source: MBC News

And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
(Matthew 13:14-15 NKJV)

God, You are love. We heard that the borders of Israel that were closed since November are now opening again. Hallelujah! We praise the Lord for overcoming this darkness and allowing the kingdom of God to continue to move.

Lord, hold the doors of Israel open that it would not close again. Through these open doors, may many young Christians rise up with the gospel to go to Israel together for the kingdom of God!

Just as Isaiah proclaimed, Israel heard but did not understand and saw but did not perceive. However, now, worship to the name of Yeshua is being restored in this land! God, may Israel continue to come to know You, the living God who does new works among His people!

Israel is called a priest for the nations. May they fulfill their calling now. Let Israel be completely restored to its calling in Jesus’ name! We see this time coming soon! God, send the final, mighty revival like never seen before to now come upon Israel, the last to turn to You, that we may see Jesus finally return as King! Amen!

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