Israel closes its borders to foreigners for the next two weeks, Israeli carriers impacted

Israel is banning all foreigners from entering the country for the next two weeks due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Israelis entering back into the country, including those who are vaccinated, will be required to quarantine on their entry.

The Shin Bet counter-terrorism agency’s phone-tracking technology will be used to track all interactions of people with the new variant according to Reuters.

Besides Israel and South Africa, the new variant has already been discovered in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.

El Al and other Israeli airlines are offering flexible travel and ticket changes.