Israel eliminates Covid-19 pre-departure testing
The rule lift, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 21, will apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, according to the government. It comes months after Israel started allowing unvaccinated travelers to enter the country.
Israel is also eliminating the need to get tested with a PCR test upon arrival. Travelers will still have to fill out an entry statement form before their departure and wear a mask on international flights.
“This new development in Israel’s testing and entry requirements is another fantastic step in being able to welcome visitors back to Israel,” Eyal Carlin, the tourism commissioner for North America, told T+L. “With travelers planning their summer and fall trips now, this will make traveling to Israel simpler and more relaxing upon arrival – your vacation will really begin when you step off the plane! We hope this new ease in restrictions will allow for even more visitors to enjoy our country.”
Currently, travelers are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before their flight, as well as get tested with another PCR test upon arrival. Travelers who contracted COVID-19 and recovered can show proof of that instead of a PCR test.
All visitors are also currently required to isolate in a hotel until they receive the results from their on-arrival test or for up to 24 hours, whichever comes first.
With the new rules, travelers will not be required to isolate themselves for 24 hours after entering the country.
Source: Travel + Leisure
JetBlue Flight Attendants Oppose Spirit Takeover!
JetBlue’s own flight attendants say they oppose the airline’s hostile takeover of low-cost airline Spirit because JetBlue has “proven itself to be an abusive employer”.
Flight attendants at the Long Island-based carrier are represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) who are currently fighting JetBlue over allegations that the crew are at “breaking point” and are “physically and mentally exhausted”.
“After thoughtfully considering the impact that a JetBlue acquisition of Spirit Airlines would have on customers and our workforce, the TWU fully opposes JetBlue’s proposed hostile takeover,” the union’s international president John Samuelson said on Wednesday.
“JetBlue has proven itself to be an abusive employer by disregarding the well-being of its workforce, and refusing to abide by its existing union contracts,” the statement continued.
“In addition, JetBlue would be poised to eliminate thousands of good-paying jobs and low-cost flight options for customers.”