COVID-19 ‘Green Zones’ in Israel

This item appears on page 39 of the January 2021 issue.

Israel is creating “Green Zones” — areas that require a negative COVID-19 test result to enter — in tourist spots around the country.

The first areas designated Green Zones, created on Nov. 18, were two clusters of hotels along the Dead Sea and another in the resort area of Eilat on the Red Sea. To enter them, a visitor must prove he took a test within the previous 48 hours. Alternatively, rapid-response tests will be available at entry points. Testing is free for anyone with a hotel reservation.

According to reports, anyone who tests positive will receive a full refund of their hotel booking.