(April 21, 2021 / JNS) Israel and the United Kingdom are exploring the creation of a “green travel corridor” between the two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.
During a meeting on Tuesday at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, Netanyahu and visiting British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove discussed mutual recognition of their countries’ “green passports” for citizens fully vaccinated against COVID-19. No timeline has yet been unveiled for the plan.
Netanyahu and Gove also talked of increasing cooperation in the research, development and production of vaccines and in combating future viruses. Gove said that Britain is interested in learning from Israel’s experience in returning to a post-pandemic routine.
After a separate meeting on Tuesday with Gove, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi tweeted that the two had discussed “our strong bilateral ties, the need for a travel corridor,’ regional strategic issues and the Iranian threat.” He ended by stating: “The #Uk is a great ally of #Israel.”
The Israeli Ministry of Tourism said last week that Israel will begin receiving vaccinated tourists from abroad through a phased plan that will begin on May 23.
Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein have agreed on a framework for receiving tourists, after a ban lasting more than a year due to the global pandemic.
Jewish News Syndicate
With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.
Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.
If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.
We appreciate your support.