All COVID-19 FAQ’S are subject to change (Last updated 02/24/2022) Your safety and security are our #1 priority, and in accordance with Birthright Israel’s policies, we do our utmost to ensure both.

Do I need to have had a COVID-19 vaccine to participate?

Yes, Birthright Israel participants may join a trip if they are fully vaccinated with 2 or more World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines. The last dose must have been administered more than 14 days prior to your arrival in Israel.


What if I recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies? Can I join a trip?

Even if you have recovered from Covid-19 you may only join a trip if you are fully vaccinated (see above)

Do I need a COVID-19 booster shot?

No, Birthright Israel participants may join a trip if they are fully vaccinated with 2 or more World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines. The last dose must have been administered more than 14 days prior to your arrival in Israel.

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. All of the participants and staff will be fully vaccinated and most of the flights to Israel will be direct. Upon arrival all participants and staff will need to take additional PCR tests which we will provide for you. You will be required to quarantine for 24 hours or until the negative PCR test results are in, whichever comes first!

Your Birthright Israel group will have fewer participants, you will spend more time outdoors, visit sites that abide by the high standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health, wear a facemask in public and keep 6 feet / 2 meters from others outside your group when possible. Participants may also take additional rapid antigen tests or PCR tests once or twice throughout the trip. 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, the majority of the population over the age of 12 are already vaccinated.


Do I need to take a COVID test before I travel?

Yes, you must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours of departure.


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 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 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 on your application. We highly recommend purchasing a plan with CTAS, 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 on your application. We highly recommend purchasing a plan with CTAS, which also includes health insurance in its package.


Can I extend my flight and stay in Israel after my trip is over?

Birthright Israel participants may extend their stay if they wish. 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 Covid-19 test prior to returning to the US. If you are found positive for Covid-19 within your extension period, you will be responsible for your own quarantine arrangements.


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?

Summer 2022 trips will be the last opportunity for participants that are between the ages of 27-32. Birthright Israel trips from Winter 2022/2023 and on will continue to be open to ages 18-26. If you are having a problem logging into your application or have a specific questions regarding your eligibility, please contact us at info@israelfreespirit.com.


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