Israel is drawing up plans to resume commercial flights to some nearby countries with low COVID-19 contagion rates starting July 1, a report said Tuesday.
Travel in and out of Israel has been all but shut down for over a month, but Israel and other countries that have managed to escape the pandemic relatively unscathed have been discussing the possibility of creating a special travel zone that would see trips resume without the need for strict quarantine measures.
According to the Channel 13 news report, Israel would start reopening travel with Greece and Cyprus on July 1, before resuming flights to several other European destinations.
A preliminary pilot program in June would see flights to unspecified nearby destinations resume, albeit while still requiring returning travelers to quarantine for 14 days, according to a proposal drawn up by airline executives and presented to the Health Ministry Tuesday.
The Health Ministry will monitor passengers, and ask them to undergo coronavirus testing when they return to Israel. If the travel is not seen to contribute to a new wave of infections, authorities would roll back the quarantine requirements and other restrictions.
The Airports Authority is thus hoping to start regular flights to and from Greece and Cyprus from July 1. If this proves safe, flights will be allowed soon after to and from Austria, Croatia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Hungary, Iceland, Switzerland, Germany and Poland, Channel 13 reported.