COVID-19: UAE, Israel discuss quarantine-free travel corridor

COVID-19: UAE, Israel discuss quarantine-free travel corridor
Israelis present their passports for control upon arrival from Tel Aviv to the Dubai airport in the UAE, on Nov. 26, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 11 March 2021

COVID-19: UAE, Israel discuss quarantine-free travel corridor

COVID-19: UAE, Israel discuss quarantine-free travel corridor
  • The corridor will enable individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel for tourist, commercial and official visits
  • he foreign ministries of both countries hope to finalize the talks and start the corridor’s implementation by April

DUBAI: The UAE and Israel governments are in official talks to set up a quarantine-free travel corridor between the two countries, state news agency WAM reported.

The corridor will enable individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel for tourist, commercial and official visits without undergoing isolation for a number of days as a precaution against coronavirus.

Abu Dhabi maintains a ‘green list’ of countries and territories where visitors from those places can visit the UAE capital without the need for quarantine. As of March 8, the list includes countries such as Australia, China, Hong Kong, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

The foreign ministries of both countries hope to finalize the talks and start the corridor’s implementation by April. Both states stressed that the travel corridor would facilitate bilateral exchange under the Abraham Accords peace agreement which restored diplomatic relations between the UAE and Israel.

The UAE and Israel are among the world’s top countries in numbers of vaccinated nationals and residents.

As of March 10, the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention said a total 6,367,861 doses of various coronavirus vaccines have been provided, with a distribution rate of 64.38 doses per 100 people.

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