All COVID-19 FAQ’S are subject to change (Last updated 8/11/2021) Your safety and security are our #1 priority, and in accordance with Birthright Israel’s policies, we do our utmost to ensure both.
I see that travelers arriving from the US are now required to quarantine for 7 days, how will that effect my trip?
Correct. The Israeli government announced that a 7-day quarantine will be required for travelers arriving from the US starting on August 11th and therefore, all trips that are planned to arrive in Israel after August 10th are currently postponed. If you were scheduled to participate in a trip after this date, you can select a new trip date in your application.
Are Birthright Israel trips resuming this summer?
Yes! While entry to Israel continues to be extremely limited, Birthright Israel participants who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 with at least 1 FDA authorized vaccine dose are allowed into the country. We’re working closely with Israel’s Ministry of Health and adhering to all its guidelines. You’ll need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours of departure and, upon arrival in Israel, you will need to take an additional PCR test as well as a serological (antibodies) test, performed using a blood sample, which we will provide for you.
Do I need to have had a COVID-19 vaccine to participate?
Yes, the government of Israel determines which tourists can enter Israel and we follow their guidelines. Birthright Israel participants that enter Israel must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 FDA authorized vaccine or recovered from COVID-19 PLUS took at least 1 COVID-19 FDA authorized vaccine dose (see next question for more details). Travel is possible 7 days after the vaccine has been administered. You’ll need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours of departure and, upon arrival in Israel, you will need to take an additional PCR test as well as a serological (antibodies) test which we will provide for you. *Documented verification of vaccine is required. Please update your Covid-19 status here.
What if I recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies? Can I join a trip?
Yes. If you recovered from COVID-19 and received at least one FDA authorized vaccine dose. Travel is possible 7 days after the vaccine dose has been administered. You’ll need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours of departure and, upon arrival in Israel, you will need to take an additional PCR test as well as a serological (antibodies) test, performed using a blood sample. Both tests will be provided for you. *Documented verification of your recovery is required. Please update your Covid-19 status here.
How is Birthright Israel making its health and safety decisions?
We are working closely with Israel’s Ministry of Health and will maintain the highest level of precautions on our trips and adjust whenever necessary.
How will my trip be different from a regular trip due to COVID-19?
As it always has been for the last 21 years of operation, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our highest priority and foremost concern. The group will need to patiently wait for the PCR and serological test results before traveling to sites, all of the participants and staff will be fully vaccinated, most of the flights to Israel will be direct, your Birthright Israel group will have fewer participants, you will spend more time outdoors and visit sites that abide by the high standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health. Other than that, we can assure you that we will take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun and enjoyable Birthright Israel experience.
Are most people in Israel vaccinated?
Yes. Currently Israel is leading in vaccination rate and the majority of the population over the age of 16 are already vaccinated.
Did Israel return to normal life?
Yes. While certain precautions like wearing a mask in certain locations are still in place, restaurants, hotels, cultural events and sites are open.
Do I need to take a COVID test before I travel?
Yes, you must present a negative PCR Covid test which was taken within 72 hours of departure.
Will I need to take an antibodies test in Israel?
YYes. An antibodies (serological) test will be required upon your arrival in Israel. According to the Government of Israel guidelines, only participants whose serological test shows antibodies will be allowed on the trip. Birthright Israel will coordinate and cover the administration of the test upon arrival.
What if I arrive to Israel and don’t have antibodies?
In the unlikely event your antibodies test is negative, you will not be able to join your group for the trip. You will be placed on the next flight back home.
What is the cancellation policy?
Until you accept a trip offer you can receive the full refund of your $250 deposit. After accepting your trip offer you can receive a full refund if you cancel at least 35 days prior to your scheduled departure date.
For trips leaving from November 2021 and through March 2022, you can receive a full refund if you cancel at least 45 days prior to your scheduled departure date.
Do I need a COVID test before I return to the United States?
If required, prior to your return to the United States a PCR test will be organized for you in Israel.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. It’s mandatory for you to have travel insurance for any domestic flight to your gateway city of departure. We also recommend adding travel insurance which can cover the cost of lost/stolen baggage, cameras, phones, and so on. We recommend buying this travel insurance (which also includes health insurance in its package).
Do I need health insurance?
Yes. It’s mandatory for you to have health insurance that is valid in Israel for the duration of the trip and also covers COVID-19. If you already have extended health coverage, or you purchase a plan for this trip, you’ll be required to submit this information to us.
Can I extend my flight and stay in Israel after my trip is over?
You will probably be able to extend your flight through the airline company. Keep in mind that if you are not planning to return with your group on the same flight you must make your changes before the conclusion of the trip and before the group return date. You will be responsible for your own PCR test prior to returning to the US. Note that traveling to other countries after the trip is not permitted this season because the permit they have for entering Israel is only for one entry to Israel. Participants with Israeli passport do not need a permit, so they can travel.
Once I arrive to Israel, can I fly out of Israel and come back in time for my extended flight home?
No. Your entrance to Israel with your Birthright Israel group is a one time pass and due to COVID restrictions to enter the country, you will not be able to fly out of the country and return.
Before I go on my Birthright Israel trip I am planning to visit other countries. Is this ok?
Due to the increased spread of COVID-19 variants around the world, all participants who visit a destination that has a high COVID-19 risk or warning 14 days prior to their Birthright Israel departure will not be able to join a trip. This restriction does not apply to vaccinated or recovered participants who transit through these destinations and stay for 12 hours or less in the airport transit area. Please note the list of high-risk countries can change.
I applied for a Birthright Israel last year but trips were canceled due to COVID-19 and now I’m older than 32. Can I still go?
Yes! If you already created your account for last summer or winter but are now over 32 you can still go this summer as an exception. If you are having a problem logging into your application please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call or text 212-613-8299 or email email@example.com