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...
Travel alongside ~30 of your newest friends as part of a smaller-than-usual touring group
Clear a professionally administered antigen test w/in 24 hrs. or a PCR test w/in 72 hrs. of your departure flight
(canceled as of May 20th)
You're responsible for arranging this domestic test
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TEST
Pass a rapid PCR test on arrival (canceled as of May 20th) and another test before the group's return flight – we'll cover the costs!
If you extend your flight, the pre-return test is on you
Masks are currently not required in indoor spaces, but we encourage you to make your own judgment
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 May 13, 2022
Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to participate?
Yes, you may join a trip if you are fully vaccinated with two 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. Update your vaccine status and upload your vaccine documentation in your application.
Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before I travel?
As of May 20th, the requirement for presenting a negative COVID-19 test before flying to Israel will end, although we recommend self-testing for Covid-19 shortly before the trip to facilitate a safer travel environment for all.
Travelers needs to present one of the following documents at check-in. The spelling of the name on the test result must match the passport spelling of the traveler’s name (these test costs are your responsibility):
(1) A negative result on a time-stamped PCR test taken in the 72 hours before the departure time of the group flight to Israel.
(2) A negative result on a time-stamped antigen test (not a home test) taken in the 24 hours before the departure time of the group flight to Israel.
(3) A positive result on a PCR test or a positive result on a rapid antigen test from an official testing site (no home tests) if the positive result was received no more than three months and no less than eight days prior to your arrival date in Israel.
NOTE: If you tested positive for Covid in the months before the trip, we highly recommend bringing documentation of a previous positive test to Israel, even if you choose to take a PCR test before your flight. We recommend this in case you test positive on the PCR test required of everyone on arrival to Israel. Lingering positive tests are a common phenomenon for the recently recovered, and this documentation may be needed to resolve this scenario.
NOTE: Travelers with an Israeli passport are exempted from pre-departure testing requirements.
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 according to Birthright Israel rules.
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 flight to Israel and bring the confirmation code to the airport.
What happens on arrival in Israel?
This requirement is removed as of May 20
You will take a rapid PCR test 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 throughout Israel like any other Israeli! Trips departing after May 20th will not need to test upon arrival.
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. Other than that, we can provide you with the classic Birthright Israel experience you expect.
What is the masking policy?
Israel has removed the masking requirement for indoor settings, and we are encouraging travelers to bring high-quality masks to Israel and make their own judgments regarding when/if to use them.
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. If you plan to extend, you must change your flight 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 (typically 5-10 days depending on your testing results and home country). We will coordinate and pay for your accommodations, meals, and wi-fi (usually at an Airbnb-style apartment) – and we'll support you all along the way.