Dec 20, 2021 - World

Israel bans travel to U.S. and Canada over Omicron variant

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a press conference on Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a press conference on Sunday. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/JINI via Xinhua

Israeli Cabinet ministers agreed to add the U.S. and Canada to its "red list," banning people from traveling to the countries, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes amid rising case numbers in both countries and as the Omicron variant continues to spread worldwide. The ban will take effect at midnight Wednesday morning after it has been approved by a parliamentary committee.

Details: Italy, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Morocco, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey were also added to the list, according to the announcement.

  • The change is pending approval by the Knesset Constitution, Justice and Law Committee.
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