Travelers are seen at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, on September 22. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License Photo
The ban follows the recommendation of Israel's health ministry. It's expected to be approved and take effect at midnight Tuesday.
In addition to the United States, the other nations being added to Israel's red list include Canada, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey and Switzerland.
Britain, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Finland, France, Sweden, South Africa and several other African nations are already on the restricted list.
Travelers are seen at Ben Gurion
International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, on September 22. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
Israeli citizens are not permitted to travel to any of those countries without express permission from a special committee. Israelis who return from one of those nations must quarantine for seven days, regardless of vaccination status.
Minus some limited exceptions, Israel's borders have been closed to foreign nationals since late November.
The country's travel restrictions are set to expire on Dec. 29, but they have already been extended twice.
Officials say that Israel has seen close to 200 Omicron cases, but the health ministry expects that number to rise to as many as 600 over the next week.
"We do not intend to close the skies, but it could be that in practice this is what is going to happen," Israeli Coronavirus Commissioner Salman Zarka said, according to The Jerusalem Post.