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Birthright Israel Outdoors - Free Trips to Israel
Free Trips to Israel - Birthright

Restarting the Journey

OMICRON UPDATE | January 13, 2022

In light of Omicorn's spread, Birthright Israel trips were temporarily suspended until the end of January. The experience resumes with our first trip of 2022 taking flight on February 2nd. You can now sign up commitment-free for trips dates scheduled through Summer 2022.

Journey with us to one of the most compelling (and most vaccinated) countries on earth for the kind of travel adventure you've been dreaming about! Trip dates are currently available through Summer 2022. Here's how we're doing it safely...

GROUP SIZE

Travel alongside ~30 of your newest friends as part of a smaller-than-usual group

VACCINATION

Be fully vaccinated + provide a copy of your vaccination records as part of a Health Declaration Form within 48 hours of departure

PRE-FLIGHT TEST

Clear a PCR test within 72 hours of departure -or- a rapid antigen test (professionally administered) within 24 hours of departure

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TEST

Pass a test on arrival and another within 72 hours of departing Israel – we'll organize and cover the costs
If you extend your flight, the pre-return test is on you

MASKING

Masks are required in most public indoor spaces, but not outdoors

CANCELLATION POLICY

Our flexible cancellation policy is designed to give you the peace of mind you want

VACCINE DETAILS

Birthright Israel travelers can enter Israel and enjoy the full experience by getting vaccinated according to the Israeli "Green Pass" standard.

AN OFFICIAL VACCINE CARD/RECORD IS REQUIRED TO PROVE ELIGIBILITY

BECOME FULLY VACCINATED

Any of these initial full vaccination scenarios are accepted so long as the final dose in the initial sequence is obtained at least 14 days from the date you plan to depart for Israel:

● 2 Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca shots

● 1 Johnson & Johnson shot

● Other vaccines approved by the World Health Organization

OBTAIN A BOOSTER IF NEEDED

Obtain a booster vaccine if you completed your initial full vaccination more than 180 days (6 months) from your last scheduled day in Israel.

If a booster vaccine is required, it must be received at least 14 days prior to your arrival date in Israel.

NOTE: Mixing and matching different booster vaccines (per the above) with your initial full vaccination choice is permitted.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

You've probably got lots of questions. Review these details to help you get ready for the journey ahead. HERE. WE. GO.

Updated January 10, 2022

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Do I need 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 an authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Note that documented verification of vaccine is required. Update your COVID-19 status in your application.

Do I need to take a COVID test before I travel?
You are required to take either a PCR test within 72 hours of your flight to Israel -OR- take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of your flight to Israel. If you opt for an antigen test, it must be administered by a professional testing provider (home testing kits are not allowed). Only those who received a negative result on the PCR or antigen test will be allowed to board the flight. You will be required to present an official document in English attesting to the negative test result.

What if I recovered from COVID-19?
Even if you recovered from COVID-19, you still must be fully vaccinated with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine to enter Israel.

NOTE: If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days – you may still show a positive PCR result. Accordingly, Israel's Ministry of Health is recommending that you take a PCR test before departure (instead of an antigen test), since you will need to pass a PCR test on arrival to Israel.

What form do I need to complete before my flight to Israel?
You'll need to complete a Health Declaration form within 48 hours of your transatlantic flight to Israel (not a domestic flight). On this form, you'll need to enter your exact vaccine details (type and dates). So long as you meet Israel's vaccine requirements, you will be issued a digital Green Pass via a QR code. Save your Green Pass QR code on the phone you bring to Israel since it will be needed during the trip.

NOTE: The Health Declaration Form gives the option to enter details about a prior COVID-19 recovery, but you should ignore this section of the form. Only your vaccine status is relevant for receiving the required Green Pass. 

What happens on arrival in Israel?
Shortly after landing, you will take a rapid PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport that Israel Outdoors will pre-arrange and pre-pay on your behalf. The results typically are posted within six hours, and we'll travel to our arrival hotel and wait for the results there in the meantime. Once the results are in and clear, you'll be free to travel in Israel like any fully vaccinated Israeli.

Do I need to take an antibodies test in Israel?
No, a serological or antibodies test is no longer a requirement.

Do I need a COVID-19 test before I return home?
If required by the USA or Canada, a valid COVID-19 test will be organized for you in Israel at no extra cost before your flight home.

Where can I learn more about Israel's entry rules?
All of the regulations are spelled out in more detail here.

How are Birthright Israel and Israel Outdoors making health and safety decisions?
We are working closely with Israel’s Ministry of Health and will maintain the highest level of precautions once trips resume and adjust whenever necessary.

How will my trip be different from a regular trip due to COVID-19?
As has been the case for the last 21 years of our 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, your Birthright Israel group will have somewhat fewer travelers than normal, and you will wear a face mask in public indoor settings. Other than that, we can provide you with the classic Birthright Israel experience you expect.

Are most people in Israel vaccinated?
Yes, the majority of the population over the age of 12 are vaccinated. Currently, Israel is administering third booster vaccinations to its population.

What is the cancellation policy?
Until you accept a trip offer you can receive a full refund for your $250 deposit. After accepting your trip offer you can receive the $250 if you cancel up to 45 days prior to your scheduled departure date. Learn more at israeloutdoors.com/deposit.

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.

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. The health insurance must cover pre-existing conditions and COVID-19 care. If applicable, find out
 how to arrange for short-term coverage during your trip.

Can I extend my flight and stay in Israel after my trip is over?
Yes, you will be able to extend your flight through the airline so long as your vaccination status continues to qualify you for a Green Pass. 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. If required, you will be responsible for your own COVID-19 test prior to returning home. If you are found positive for COVID-19 within your extension period, you will be responsible for your own quarantine arrangements. 

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 highest COVID-19 risk (red status) 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 highest-risk (red status) countries can change.

What happens if I test positive during the trip for COVID-19?
In the event of a positive test result, you will quarantine in Israel for whatever the required duration. We will coordinate and pay for your accommodations, meals, and wi-fi – typically at an Airbnb-style apartment – and we'll support you all along the way.

Israel Outdoors is a part of the family of travel experiences.