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Miss Universe contestants granted travel ban waivers to compete in Israel

Despite requests to boycott the event in solidarity with Palestinians, the 70th Miss Universe pageant is scheduled to take place in Eilat, Israel, on 12 December. Beauty queens from across the globe have begun to arrive in Israel ahead of coronation night, despite a 14-day travel restriction imposed to limit the spread of the new Covid-19 version, Omicron.Miss universe contestants arrive to Israel's Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, east of Tel Aviv, on November 28, 2021.

On Friday, a travel restriction was placed on foreign nationals from the majority of African nations. According to Reuters, Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said on Sunday that Miss Universe contestants will be offered exemptions in exchange for possible PCR testing every 48 hours and other preventative measures.

"This is a very significant event that will be aired in 174 countries, an event that Eilat, too, is in desperate need of," he told reporters before of the weekly cabinet meeting, when ministers were scheduled to vote on the anti-Omicron legislation. According to rumors, Israel is developing a Covid-19 safety strategy and may restrict entry to the contest from nations considered high-risk.See the source image

Indonesia withdrew from Miss Universe on Sunday, citing "short preparation time and local Covid-19 limitations." Indonesia follows Malaysia, Barbados, and Laos in withdrawing from the competition because to concerns about Covid-19.

Lalela Mswane, Miss South Africa 2021, arrived in Israel on Sunday, despite the South African government's withdrawal of support, which stated: "It was the first day of Miss Universe 2021, and it was great! I've met a number of my other candidates, and these ladies are incredible! I can't wait to see what's next! Tomorrow is the day of registration!"See the source image

Since it was revealed that this year's competition will be held in Israel - which is accused of perpetrating crimes against Palestinians - the annual beauty contest has been dogged by controversy.


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