safety & well-being
We understand that applicants and their families may have concern about the dynamic security situation in Israel. Your safety & security is our number one priority.
Updated August 11th, 2020
The information below discusses the safety and security regulations on Mayanot’s Birthright Israel tours. This information is updated as needed throughout the year and during the trips. Today, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide, Birthright Israel has postponed all Summer 2020 (May-September) trips and no firm decision on future trips has been made. Currently, you can reserve your spot on a future trip and receive priority when trip operations resume. For more information related to this, please see our exclusive Covid 19 FAQ page. For our general FAQs and information about the trip, signing up and more, please visit our FAQ page here.
Trip itineraries are approved daily with the “Situation Monitoring Room” administered by the Israel Ministry of Education, and coordinated with the I.D.F., Israel Police and other security authorities.
All groups are accompanied by a GPS tracking system which is monitored 24/7 so authorities are always aware of each group’s location. Group itineraries will be changed immediately to reflect any heightened risk or security concerns.
Our trips do not travel to or through Gaza, or East Jerusalem, other than the Jewish Quarter of the Old City (changes are possible when permitted/instructed by the security authorities). Itineraries are reviewed throughout the day and cleared by government authorities who review all educational field trips for Israeli schools and educational institutions.
Trips do not use public transportation and the tour bus companies and drivers used are subject to Birthright Israel’s strict standards. Drivers are instructed to never leave buses unlocked or unattended.
The Birthright Israel: MAYANOT tour is a very full and structured program and Participants stay with their group for the entire duration of the trip and are not allowed to explore or visit with Israelis (family or friends) on their own.
As per Israel government regulation, an armed Israeli security escort and a trained medic accompanies every group. When trips resume, due to Covid 19, we will follow guidelines set forth by Israel’s Health Ministry and Birthright Israel’s board of medical experts & advisors. Please see all Covid 19 information here.
In order to ensure a safe trip for all participants and staff, we strictly enforce Birthright Israel’s alcohol policy.
All participants are instructed to ensure they have with them at all times a cellphone that works in Israel. This is for their own safety and security and so that family and friends can reach participants at any time while in Israel. For more information about Israeli sim cards/phones here.
Israel is a safe place. Otherwise, the many different people involved wouldn’t spend all that hard earned money and precious time to bring you there for free! Security precautions in Israel are extensive and we take them very seriously!
All of our security precautions and regulations are executed with the highest levels of precision and thoroughness to ensure that our thousands of participants each year are as safe as can be! Our trained guards are cautious and professional throughout the ten days of the Birthright Israel journey.
The government of Israel, a partner in the Birthright Israel project, is devoted to the safety and security of visitors and citizens alike. Upon arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, all of our participants are given an in-depth safety and security orientation before setting out on their journey. YOU are our number one priority.