Israel to allow Sputnik V-vaccinated tourists to enter with additional tests

Israel has decided to allow foreign nationals vaccinated with the Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine and ask them to take an additional serology test on top of a PCR requirement for all visitors, news portal Times of Israel report.
Last week, the Israeli government announced that vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter Israel beginning November 1, but only those with vaccines approved by the World Health Organization or the United States Food and Drug Administration. This does not include the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.
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At a Tuesday, October 26, meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the country’s health officials, it was decided that Sputnik V-vaccinated tourists will be permitted to enter the country from November 15. Bennett met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi last week.
Israeli Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash confirmed the move to Army Radio on Wednesday, October 26. Ash added that those who have been vaccinated with Sputnik V will have to undergo a serology test, in addition to the standard PCR tests that all visitors must take before boarding their incoming flight and upon arriving in Israel. The serology test, which detects antibodies, will check if people, who enter the country really are inoculated against the coronavirus, Times of Israel quoted the health official as saying.