April 14, 2021
Dear Travelers & Friends,
After over a year of near-total closure, yesterday the State of Israel announced its intentions to welcome back travelers at some point this summer. Israel is expected to issue detailed guidance on entry rules shortly, which will likely require proof of vaccination and/or a positive antibody test. We look forward to sharing the specifics as soon as they are available.
For now, start dreaming about a brighter future by exploring program options with Israel Outdoors. Although summer trip dates are not yet released, you can officially save your spot now with the peace of mind knowing that your deposit is 100% refundable.
Finally, take a moment to review the FAQs below for even more background, and let us know if you have any questions. The journey you've been waiting for will be ready for you soon enough!
THE ISRAEL OUTDOORS TEAM
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Updated March 24, 2021 - *subject to change
When will Birthright Israel trips resume?
Birthright Israel trips will resume as soon as it is safe to travel, hopefully in late Summer 2021. We are continuously monitoring the situation and are in close contact with Israel’s Ministry of Health. When trips resume, we plan to 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.
What can I expect in the meantime?
In the meantime, registration is open on an entirely commitment free basis. Save your spot* on a first-come, first-serve basis. Show your interest by applying online for your preferred month(s) of travel with the confidence in knowing that your deposit is fully refundable. Then sit tight, we will make sure to let you know when trips resume.
*Spots may be limited
I was already accepted for a scheduled trip…now what?
You don’t need to do anything; you already have priority status. We will send a new trip offer as soon as trips resume.
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. We anticipate high demand once trips resume and priority will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 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. Israel is leading the world in vaccination rate and the majority of the population over the age of 16 is already vaccinated.
Do I need to have had a COVID-19 vaccine to participate?
Currently, no tourists can enter Israel and ultimately, the government of Israel will determine when and how it is safe to reopen its borders to tourists. While it is likely that entry to Israel will be given to those who are *vaccinated, it may also be available to others who have recovered from COVID-19 or those who can provide a negative test result within a specific time period before the trip.
*Documented verification of vaccine will be required