Visa bans uninoculated medical tourists

 

The article says that Israel has in recent years become a centre of medical tourism, as residents of countries around the world travel here to take advantage of the advanced medical technology available at a cost more reasonable than in their home countries. But apparently, after a revelation by Yisrael Hayom that many of those coming to Israeli hospitals were not inoculated against diseases that have been spreading locally – like measles – the Health Ministry has moved to ban tourists from countries where such inoculations are not given as a matter of course.

Ukraine, Yisrael Hayom said, is considered a major source for measles outbreaks in central Europe. Despite that, Israel had not limited the arrival of patients from Ukraine, or from other countries with high numbers of measles cases. That has changed, and now medical tourists from Ukraine, as well as from Romania, Georgia, Greece, Serbia, and Albania must prove that they have been inoculated against measles if they want an entry visa to Israel.

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