covid 19 faq

Updated April 27th, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide, Birthright Israel had to postpone all Summer and Winter trips in 2020. But with your health and safety as our top priority, your 10-day adventure in Israel can now happen this summer!

For all information and FAQs related to Covid 19 and Birthright Israel trips, please see below. For our general FAQs and information about the trips, signing up and more, please visit our FAQ page here

We look forward to welcoming you to Israel:

 

All FAQs are updated as of April 27th 2021 and are subject to change.

How will my trip be different from a regular trip due to COVID-19?

As it always has been for the last 21 years of 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 or recovered, most of the flights to Israel will be direct, your Birthright Israel group will have fewer participants, you will spend more time outdoors, visit sites that abide by the high standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health, wear a facemask in public and keep 6 feet / 2 meters from others outside your group when possible. Other than that, we can assure you that we will take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun and enjoyable Birthright Israel experience.

How is Birthright Israel making its 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.

Did Israel return to normal life?

Yes. There is no need to wear a mask outdoors, and anyone who is fully vaccinated or recovered can dine indoors in restaurants, stay in hotels and attend cultural and sports events.

I was already accepted for a scheduled trip… now what?

If your trip was cancelled, you already have priority status. Your Trip Organizer will reach out to get all the updated information necessary to get you on a trip once possible.

I started an application but never finished… now what?

If you wish to travel in summer 2021, we highly recommend that you complete your application to get a head start on the process as soon as possible. We anticipate high demand once trips resume.

How will my trip be different from a regular trip due to COVID-19?

As it always has been for the last 21 years of operation, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our highest priority and foremost concern. Most of the flights to Israel will be direct, your Birthright Israel group will have fewer participants, you will spend more time outdoors, visit sites that abide by the high standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health, wear a facemask in public and keep 6 feet / 2 meters from others outside your group when possible. Other than that, we can assure you that we will take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun and enjoyable Birthright Israel experience.

Are most people in Israel vaccinated?

Yes. Currently Israel is leading the world in vaccination rates and the majority of the population over the age of 16 are already vaccinated.

Do I need to have had 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 FDA-authorized vaccine or recovered from Covid. Travel is possible 7 days after the second vaccine has been administered. You’ll need to present a negative PCR Covid test which was taken within 72 hours of departure and, upon arrival in Israel, you will need to take an additional PCR test as well as a serological (antibodies) test which we will provide for you.

*Documented verification of vaccine is required. Please update your Covid-19 status here. (link)

Do I need to take a COVID test before I travel?

Yes, you must present a negative PCR Covid test which was taken within 72 hours of departure.

Do I need to take an antibody test in Israel?

Yes. An antibody test will be required upon your arrival in Israel. According to the Government of Israel guidelines only participants whose serological test shows antibodies will be allowed on the trip. Birthright Israel will coordinate and cover the administration of the test upon arrival.

What if I arrive in Israel and don’t have antibodies?

In the unlikely event your antibody test is negative, you will not be able to join your group for the trip. You could extend your stay and quarantine for 10 days (dependent upon negative PCR testing) and then join another Birthright Israel group, or you could choose to be placed on the next flight back home.

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.

Will I need a COVID test before I return to the United States?

If required, prior to your return to the United States a PCR test will be organized for you in Israel.

Can I extend my flight and stay in Israel after my trip is over?

Yes. You will probably be able to extend your flight through the airline. Keep in mind that if you are not returning with your group on the same flight, you will be responsible for your own PCR test prior to returning to the US.

I registered to go last year but all trips were cancelled because of Covid and now I’m older than 32. Can I still go?

Yes! If you already created your account for last summer or winter but are now over 32 you will still be able to go this summer (as an exception). If you are having a problem logging into your application please contact us at info@birthrightisrael.com

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