Per Birthright Israel, you are required to come to Israel with your own health insurance policy that is valid in Israel. We are required to record your health insurance provider and policy number as part of the Application. You also should have travel insurance for coverage against cancellations, lost luggage, theft and more.


If you are uninsured or your home medical insurance policy does not cover international travel, you will need to obtain other coverage ASAP. An inexpensive and easy way to fulfill this requirement is to purchase travelers insurance through CTAS, which is underwritten by Harel Insurance Company, Israel’s largest medical insurer. Get Covered!


  • Medical insurance in Israel with coverage for most pre-existing conditions* included
  • Insurance in case your baggage is lost, damaged or stolen (up to $800 USD)
  • Optional cancellation insurance for coverage of domestic flight costs (coverage up to $200 USD; an additional $10 USD add-on fee applies).
    You must purchase this add-on if you are flying domestically to the group's departure airport. This coverage applies if you purchase a domestic flight for your Birthright Israel trip and end up missing that domestic flight due to death, illness or injury to you or an immediate family member; or if there is a delay/change to your international Birthright Israel flight that causes you to miss/change your domestic flight. 

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*Pre-existing conditions are covered by CTAS so long as the condition has been stable for twelve (12) months preceding arrival in Israel and so long as there has been no hospitalization for the condition within the six (6) months preceding your arrival in Israel. Additional exclusions include coverage for the treatment of cancer, AIDS, dialysis, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and active psychiatric conditions.

The CTAS policy costs $50 USD and provides coverage in Israel during the 10-day trip! If you extend your trip in Israel, your insurance policy can be extended for $4.50 USD/day. There is a $10 USD insurance add-on if you need to include the supplemental cancellation insurance.

Have questions about the CTAS policy? See the FAQ's below:

Why do I need travel insurance?
Birthright Israel requires all participants to be covered by their own medical insurance that is valid in Israel. This insurance should include coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and medical emergencies while in Israel. On top of that, it's a good idea to make sure you're also covered for those travel headaches that you think could never happen to you! We're talking about things like lost, damaged, or stolen luggage and delayed or canceled domestic flights. Don't let it ruin your trip! For Summer 2021, Birthright Israel requires that any participant flying domestically purchase the $10 USD domestic flight add-on.

I already have medical insurance in the US. That's enough, right?

Maybe. That can vary from one plan to another. Many plans do not include coverage outside the USA. Even if your provider tells you that you'll be covered in Israel, be very careful...many plans are extremely limited in terms of the international coverage they provide. They certainly won't cover you for lost or stolen property and delayed flights, which CTAS does.

How much does this insurance plan cost?

CTAS insurance is only $50 USD for the entire Birthright Israel trip. That includes both medical and travel insurance. If you're extending your trip in Israel, you can extend the insurance, for only $4.50 USD per day.

If I am extending my trip in Israel, can I also extend my insurance coverage?

Absolutely! When you fill out the CTAS form online, you can indicate your return date from Israel.

I have more questions about CTAS insurance. How can I get answers?

Email Israel Outdoors or CTAS directly! Contact us directly at [email protected] or use the contact form for CTAS at

Order your CTAS Insurance at


Even if you already have medical insurance that is valid abroad, Birthright Israel requires all travelers to purchase travel insurance, such as the CTAS policy, for the supplemental benefits.