Passport & Travel Documents
All applicants must submit a copy of the front page of your passport during your Mayanot application. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months after the return date of your trip, or the airlines will not issue a ticket. Participants who receive a ticket may even be refused entry at check-in on day of departure for passports with less than 6 months of validity, even by one day! Mayanot must have a copy of your passport no later than 65 days before your trip departs or you risk forfeiting your deposit. Please scan, or take a clear picture of your passport and upload it on your applicant account.
Please be sure that the name that you put on your online Birthright Israel application is exactly as it appears on your passport. If it is different, even by one letter, please let our office know immediately. Having the names on your application and passport mismatched can result in your not being able to board the flight and/or a financial penalty from the airline.
To participate on a Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip, you must have a United States passport that is valid for a minimum of six months after the program. You do not need to obtain a visa.
If you need to order or renew a passport, please do so immediately as the process can take up to 6 weeks.
For details on ordering or renewing a passport please visit the Department of State’s Passport Services and Information site which also has a list of local passport agencies. Expedited processing may be available for an additional fee. For more information inquire at your local passport agency.
If you hold Israeli citizenship, you are required to submit a copy of your Israeli passport as well. You will be ticketed on your American passport, but you will need your Israeli passport to enter into Israel. To travel you will need a valid Israeli AND US passport both with at least 6 months of validity.
If either of your parents are Israeli citizens, you may also require an Israeli passport – please contact the Israeli consulate to check. If you require forms such as army exemption papers, please be sure to contact your local Israeli Consulate to obtain them immediately.