UAE, Israel sign 'green corridor' agreement to allow free travel for vaccinated flyers 

Israeli Embassy in UAE confirms two countries sign MOU 

  
DXB welcomes tourists and the return of foreign airlines, with 13 international airlines resuming scheduled flights this week as Dubai opened its skies to tourists from July 7. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose.

DXB welcomes tourists and the return of foreign airlines, with 13 international airlines resuming scheduled flights this week as Dubai opened its skies to tourists from July 7. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Dubai Media Office

The UAE and Israel have signed a “green corridor” agreement that would enable residents to travel freely between the two countries as long as they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed by the health ministers of the two states, recognise mutual vaccinations and allow free tourism between the UAE and Israel, according to the Israeli Embassy in the UAE on Sunday. 

The Israeli Embassy, which announced the news on Twitter, said the agreement is “another great achievement” for the relationship between the two countries. 

The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation said this month it was in discussions with Israel to allow quarantine-free travel between the two countries. 

Relations between the UAE and Israel were normalized following the signing of the Abraham Accords last year. 

Israel’s Minister of Tourism, Orit Farkash-Hacohen, had told Khaleej Times earlier that Israel is expecting approximately 100,000 Emirati tourists in 2021. 

(Writing by Imogen Lillywhite; editing by Cleofe Maceda) 

Imogen.lillywhite@refinitiv.com 

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