Located on the slopes of Mount Carmel and the Mediterranean Coast, Haifa is Israel’s third largest city. Haifa is home to the beautiful and world-famous Shrine of the Bab (Bah’ai Gardens), a UNESCO heritage site since 2008, which receives over half a million visitors per year. Not to be missed is Haifa’s Germany Colony, home to many of the city’s best restaurants and cafes, the Madatech Science and Technology Museum, serene beaches, and majestic views.
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As the highly contagious novel coronavirus spreads around the world, Israel and the Palestinian Authority struggle to contain a local outbreak that has virtually halted air traffic in and out of Israel, led to school closures and tens of thousands of people entering quarantine.
Bypassing the necessary approval from the Knesset, the government approved the tracking of cellphones by the Shin Bet security service in order to inform people who unwittingly came in contact with confirmed coronavirus patients int he two weeks prior to diagnosis.
■ Israeli government shutters cultural and recreational establishments as well as schools and universities, bans indoor gatherings of over 10 people, as private sector sends home 70 percent of employees and public sector operates under state of emergency. People are allowed only 100 meters from homes, still permitted to buy groceries, medicine.
■ All foreigners are not allowed to enter Israel, unless they can prove they are able to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Read the full guide for tourists and Israelis