Israel drops almost all COVID health rules as it exits Omicron wave


Israel on Tuesday rolled back almost all of its COVID-19 health rules as a recent wave of infections receded, leaving in place just a handful to prevent a reversal of the positive development.

As the country transitions to the more relaxed status, the most notable rule to remain is a requirement to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces. The current requirement for masks in some large outdoor gatherings is canceled.

In addition, the Green Pass certificate, granted to those who are vaccinated, recovered, or recently tested negative for the coronavirus, will only be needed to enter old age homes.

Also, under the new guidelines, both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists of all ages will be allowed into the country, as long as they submit a negative PCR test before boarding the flight and take another one after landing in Israel. Citizens will no longer need to test before returning home (though it’s suspected that some airlines will still insist on a test), but will still need to test upon arrival.

A Green Pass was previously needed to attend almost any public event and many venues, but the rules of its use have been gradually rolled back as infections dropped, leaving only the care home requirement still in place.