Israel is now open to all travellers residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

All vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists of all ages are permitted to enter Israel upon presenting a negative PCR test before departure and after arriving in Israel.

The Israel Ministry of Tourism made the official announcement at the Expo 2020 Israeli Pavilion on March 15.

The announcement follows a recent agreement between the UAE and Israel extending visa-free entry to all UAE nationals as part of the ongoing strategic partnership between both countries.

Israel attracted 4.5 million tourists in 2019 and offers “the perfect conditions” to accommodate all UAE visitors, including halal food restaurants, diverse family-oriented hotels and heritage sites which can be explored with the help of Arabic-speaking tour guides.

The new travel corridor between Israel and the UAE will strengthen bilateral ties whilst building more efficient services to ease travel between both countries.

Flydubai operates 14 flights a week, twice a day, between Dubai and Tel Aviv-Yafo and both Etihad Airways and Wizz Air offer direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Travellers can also opt for Israeli airlines like El-AL, Israir, Arkia Airlines for direct connectivity between both destinations.

Emirates has confirmed that it will be commencing daily services to Tel Aviv from June 23, operating a three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route from Dubai.

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