Kentucky travel restrictions on flights from and to Israel due to Kentucky tourism restrictions
Kentucky has temporarily lifted restrictions on travel between and to the Jewish state following the announcement by the governor that the state’s statehood referendum will be on hold for a second time in a month.
The governor, Matt Bevin, announced in a statement late Monday that he has lifted restrictions for travel between Kentucky and Israel as part of the governor’s reopening of the Kentucky borders following a prolonged suspension.
The state legislature voted to reopen borders with Israel after the governor announced that he would temporarily halt travel from the state.
The state’s governor, Bevin (center), announced last month that the ban would be lifted following the results of the statehood ballot initiative that was defeated in Kentucky in December, and the state legislature will consider whether to reopen the border with Israel.
“I’m thrilled that we are finally able to finally get the travel restrictions lifted and allow the traveling public to go about their business,” Bevin said.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevan, left, and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, right, sign an executive order to temporarily lift restrictions on Kentucky travel between Israel and Kentucky, in Lexington, Ky., on March 9, 2019.
Kentucky, Kentucky Attorney Gen. Andy Beshes, left and Kentucky Governor Matt Berenson sign an Executive Order to temporarily suspend Kentucky’s travel restrictions between Israel, Kentucky, and other states.
Kentuckians who had been prohibited from flying into Kentucky after the election because of the ballot initiative had already begun to fly home on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The Kentucky Department of Transportation confirmed that it had begun allowing Kentucky residents to travel between the state and Israel.
Kentucks travel restrictions were originally placed in place on January 6.
While the governor initially announced the ban, he said on Monday that the order was in place until a federal judge could decide whether to lift the ban.
It was not immediately clear if Kentucky was still planning to remove the travel ban from the travel itineraries.
Israel’s embassy in Kentucky issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the new restrictions were a reaction to the Israeli government’s decision to ban the return of its citizens to their country for more than three years.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been critical of the vote in Kentucky.
After the vote, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized the decision, saying that it was a “historic moment in American history” that could lead to the end of the State of Israel and that it would lead to a future crisis in the region.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night, Bevan told Cooper that he did not believe that the Israeli ban was motivated by racism.
On Tuesday, Bevins spokeswoman, Jennifer Moore, said the governor had not been asked by the Israeli Embassy to remove restrictions, but that he had indicated his intent to lift them after the vote.
According to the Kentucky Department on Monday morning, about 1,200 flights were canceled between the U.S. and Israel on Monday.
The rest of the flights were either canceled or delayed due to the travel bans.
Travel restrictions between Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin will remain in effect through Thursday, and flights between Kentucky or Indiana will be suspended between March 24 and April 11.