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British Jews still in dark on Israel travel as Greeks set to be first visitors

'For UK travellers a decision has not yet been made but we hope to welcome back our UK friends in the near future' said the director of Israel’s tourism office in London

Views of the waterfront and beaches of Tel Aviv  from Jaffa
Views of the waterfront and beaches of Tel Aviv from Jaffa

Britons may have to wait a little longer before deciding whether to cancel their flights to Israel this year.

While the country has set 1 August as its target date to resume flights with Greece and Cyprus following a three-month coronavirus shutdown,  no decision has yet been made on when to open back up to UK visitors, explained Sharon E. Bershadsky, director of Israel’s tourism office in London.

She said on Wednesday: “Resuming flights between Israeli and Greek travellers is the first step to reopening the country for visitors across the globe, with travellers from Cyprus next in line.

“The ministry of tourism is currently working with other relevant government offices and industry partners around the world to establish a plan for welcoming visitors from other countries to Israel. For UK travellers, a decision has not yet been made, but we hope to welcome back our UK friends in the near future.”

Last year saw a record number of arrivals from the UK, with 235,400 visiting Israel, up by 8 percent from the previous year, according to the weekly magazine Travel Bulletin.
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