​The Economic Affairs Committee approved on Monday new guidelines requiring recovered coronavirus patients and vaccinated individuals to present negative coronavirus tests before entering Israel.

According to the new guidelines, recovered coronavirus patients and vaccinated individuals will need to present negative coronavirus tests before entering Israel. However, recovered coronavirus patients and vaccinated individuals who wish to leave the country will remain exempt from presenting a negative corona test.

The decision has been influenced by the emerging mutant COVID-19 strains.

“Because of the English variant that came here in mid-December and spread like wildfire, we reached this situation and a third lockdown. This variant is twice as infectious and is deadlier. We are very concerned about the morbidity level, which is not decreasing,” said Dr. Roee Singer, Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health.

“The reason we are requiring vaccinated individuals who are coming to Israel to get tested abroad is to prevent the next variant – a variant that is resistant to the vaccine. It would be a national disaster if such a variant would enter the country at this point,” he said.