Updated May 20, 2020
How can Birthright Israel trips operate if all people arriving in Israel need to go into quarantine?
We are in close contact with Israel’s Ministry of Health regarding the COVID-19 virus. All future trips scheduled to depart from August – March are continuing as planned pending the mandatory 14-day quarantine for international travelers be lifted. Should the quarantine requirement not be lifted, trips will be cancelled and you will be offered the opportunity to change your trip date, carry over your deposit to the next summer or winter season or receive a refund, whichever you prefer.
Will any Birthright Israel trips be affected by the Coronavirus outbreak?
While Israel has opened most of its internal tourism and other services there is still a 14-day quarantine for all those arriving from abroad. Birthright Israel trips scheduled for May, June, and July have been postponed.
Will participants be tested for COVID-19 before joining the group?
Trips will not recommence until an effective COVID- 19 test is available to participants and staff prior to flight departure or joining the group in Israel. Should trips be cancelled, you will be offered the opportunity to change your trip date, carry over your deposit to the next summer or winter season or receive a refund, whichever you prefer.
What if I test positive for COVID-19 prior to joining the group?
If you test positive for COVID- 19 prior to joining the group you will not be able to join the trip and will be offered the opportunity to change your trip date, carry over your deposit to the next summer or winter season or receive a refund, whichever you prefer.
How will my trip be different from a regular trip due to COVID-19?
While we still don’t know the specifics about trips scheduled to depart in a few months we can assure you that the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our highest priority and foremost concern.
We are working closely with our special health advisory board and we take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun, and enjoyable Birthright Israel experience. Under their guidance, Birthright Israel will maintain the highest level of precautions and make adjustments wherever necessary.
It’s likely that many logistical precautions and hygiene rules will be set as standard during the trip in order to maintain a safe environment for all.
Every aspect of the trip from flights, staff, accommodations, trip itinerary, and food will be taken into account and be adjusted on a daily basis if necessary.
What happens if Birthright Israel decides to cancel my trip to Israel due to the Coronavirus?
In the event that your trip is cancelled due to the Coronavirus, you will be offered the opportunity to change your trip date this summer, carry over your deposit to the next winter or summer season, or receive a refund, whichever you prefer.
Until when can I decide to change my mind about traveling if my trip is in August to October?
Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus we have extended the cancellation deadline for trips departing in August to 35 days before your scheduled departure. All trips scheduled to depart from September until March will have a 65 days cancellation deadline. If you change your mind before your scheduled flight cancellation deadline, all you need to do is email [email protected] and ask for a refund of your deposit or that it be carried over to the next summer or winter season.
What if I change my mind a few days before the trip and don’t feel it is safe to travel?
If you change your mind after the above deadline has passed (depending on your travel date), and all trips are happening as planned, your deposit will not be refunded.
What if I ordered a domestic flight?
Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus, you are encouraged to purchase domestics flights with flexible cancellation policies. Birthright Israel will not compensate any domestic flight costs in the event your trip is cancelled.
Can I extend my flight?