Israel is looking to make a COVID-19 bubble style deal with Australia, which could see Aussies travelling as early as December, on a gateway getaway to Europe.
Israel is jumping on the bubble bandwagon and hoping to strike a deal with Australia for quarantine-free travel.
According to an exclusive report by the Guardian, Israel wants to waive quarantine requirements for travellers by December, as both countries have so far successfully contained the virus.
Israel is also working with other ‘safe’ countries, such as Greece, Norway, and Denmark, in the hope to act as a gateway hub for Aussie’s who wish to get to Europe, ASAP.
Obviously, the deal would be heavily reliant on the health situation in both countries and would have to comply with COVID-19 rules and regulations.
The gateway to Europe
Israeli carrier El Al, was set to trial direct flights between Tel Aviv, Melbourne, and Sydney in April and May this year, hoping to make the route permanent.
However, due to the global pandemic, the longest flight without stopovers, in the history of Israel’s aviation industry, didn’t go ahead.
If Australia were to agree to an Israel safe travel bubble, this would be great news for the now-struggling airline.
If the plan went ahead, travellers in VIC could get to Tel Aviv in around 16 hours and 15 minutes, explore what the city has to offer, and then jump on a flight to Copenhagen or Athens to continue their much-needed travel adventure.
There is also talk about Costa Rica getting involved with the bubble idea too, so that could be another option for your next trip – fingers crossed.
Please be aware that there are still overseas travel bans imposed by the Australian Government, so keep an eye on Smartraveller to stay in the loop.
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