NEWS & ANALYSIS

Israel Set to Ban Travel to U.S. Amid Omicron Fears


Israel is set to ban travel to the United States and nine other countries amid fears of the Omicron variant, the country announced Monday.

Canada, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Morocco, Switzerland and Turkey will also be added to the list, the Daily Caller reports

The travel ban, which was approved by a Cabinet vote, will likely gain final approval through a parliamentary committee and be implemented as early as Wednesday. 

Over the last few weeks, with Omicron cases continuing to grow, the country initiated restricting travel. The U.S. banned travel from South Africa, where the variant was first identified, shortly after Thanksgiving. In Israel, meanwhile, foreign nationals cannot enter the country and citizens traveling back into the country have to quarantine with no exceptions.