Israel announced Monday it has issued a travel ban to the United States due to concerns over the spread of the omicron variant.
Israelis will need a special permit to fly to the U.S. starting Tuesday, Reuters reports. The U.S. joins more than 50 other nations on Israel's travel ban list.
Israeli citizens already residing in "red" countries that have been added to the list must undergo quarantine upon returning home.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a Sunday television address that the country was successful in acting fast to restrict international travel shortly after omicron was detected.
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"The time we bought is running out," Bennett said. "The numbers are still not high, but it's a very contagious variant, doubling itself every two to three days, as we see around the world."
"It's possible to say that the fifth wave has begun," he added.
Bennett encouraged Israeli's to get vaccinated and adhere to other cautionary practices.
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Israel has 134 confirmed omicron cases, in addition to 307 suspected cases, according to the Health Ministry.