As readers of this blog will know, my wife and I live in Tel Aviv, although we have a home in Sonoma, California, that we usually visit in the summer months. Because of Covid, we have not been there since 2019. Israel is pretty much done with the virus due to a very aggressive vaccination program. If you are fully vaccinated, you can live pretty much as before, seeing friends, going to restaurants and malls, etc. Traveling outside of Israel is a bit complicated if you are an Israeli and very difficult if you are not. Israel will open up to tourist groups in May, and I think to individual travelers by July. There are also travel agreements with some countries like Greece that will accept the Israeli Vaccination Certificate.
We plan to travel to the USA this summer. We usually take a big trip to somewhere warm in the winter months. Last year we hoped to go to Australia and New Zealand where we have good friends. The virus made that impossible. So I am hoping we can go in early 2022. So I started to wonder when that will be possible. Now I am wondering if it will ever be possible.
Both Australia and New Zealand closed their borders tight. Both are Islands, so that was not so difficult. They could get the virus under control and live everyday lives, but no one could leave or get in pretty much. Which means, means individuals do not have much of an incentive to get vaccinated. Right now, very few have been vaccinated, but that is also due to limited availability. But I am wondering how they will get people to get vaccinated when they feel no immediate threat. Without getting about 80% or more vaccinated (they do not have many people that have already been infected), how will they open their borders?
I don’t think it would be wise to open borders if the population is not vaccinated, even if they required visitors to be vaccinated. It only takes one to start the infection cycle. Remember, it all began with one person in China.
Guess we will be going to Thailand instead.