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UAE Suspends Visa-Free Travel Agreement for Israelis Until July

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The United Arab Emirates has suspended an agreement to inaugurate visa-free travel for Israelis to the Gulf country until July 1, citing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

Until then, Israeli citizens seeking to travel to the UAE will need to obtain a visa, as will UAE citizens seeking to travel to Israel, the ministry said on Monday. The UAE has taken a similar step regarding travel from most European countries, as well as India and Pakistan, the Israeli ministry said.

Israel is in its third lockdown and discussing the possibility of extending it beyond Jan. 21 as the number of new cases remains high.

The UAE ratified the agreement on visa-free travel with Israel last week and it was set to go into effect 30 days from then. The agreement follows a normalization accord between the countries signed in September.

The announcement of the suspension comes a day after Israel’s cabinet voted to require all people returning from the UAE and Brazil to quarantine in government-run hotels. A similar decision made previously regarding travelers returning from South Africa and Zambia was extended for 10 days.


 

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LOL, they banned Pakistan (a country which is low in infection rate) for similar reason while allowing western tourist to spend the Christmas holiday break, the countries which are top of the charts in covid infection. Now I heard, its spreading again in UAE. wonder why!
 

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LOL, they banned Pakistan (a country which is low in infection rate) for similar reason while allowing western tourist to spend the Christmas holiday break, the countries which are top of the charts in covid infection. Now I heard, its spreading again in UAE. wonder why!
This seems another politically motivated ban as Israel has vaccinated its 20% population , more tan any other country.
 

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