The year 2000 has been a crazy year. Suddenly, out of the blue, the CoVID-19 pandemic has wrought worldwide havoc. Travel restrictions and quarantine rules have made a visit to Israel almost impossible for non-residents. Let alone the health concern of travelers who expose themselves to crowds. “Social distancing” – the motto of the day – doesn’t go well with travel. Aren’t we visiting other countries to experience and learn more about the country and the people living there?
When asking my travelers about the most memorable experience during their stay in Israel, 8 or 9 out of 10 will mention an encounter with a local. Israel is truly blessed with holy places, remnants of ancient and modern history, beautiful vistas as well as memorial sites. But in the end its the people who fill the streets with life.
Now to the good news. Israel kicked off mass corona virus vaccination on December 20. So far more than 900,000 people have been vaccinated, about 1/10 of the entire population. It is planned that by end of January 2021, about one quarter of the entire population will be vaccinated. I myself got my first out of two shots today, the last day of 2020.
By April or May the vast majority of Israelis will be vaccinated. With that, it seems, travel to Israel will once again be possible. I’ve been waiting for that day to arrive and I am really looking forward to once again guide you travelers through Israel.
With the best wishes for a Happy, Prosperous, and Healthy New Year 2021 !