January 4, 2021
Dear Travelers & Friends,
Like you, we are looking forward to 2021 with cautious optimism that COVID-19 can be effectively curtailed in the coming months. While our Birthright Israel programs remain suspended, we are heartened by the pace of Israel’s domestic vaccination campaign, and we are hopeful that prospects for safe international travel will improve by the summer.
Looking ahead, the decision to resume our regularly scheduled programming will be made when we feel confident that we can provide a safe and meaningful experience. From a safety perspective, this determination will be made based on guidance from CDC, WHO, and local health authorities. From an experience perspective, this determination will be made based on our ability to provide the meaningful and fun programming you expect.
Provided the above criteria are met, we hope to resume our regularly scheduled travel experiences this summer. 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 August 10, 2020 – *subject to change
When will Birthright Israel trips resume?
Birthright Israel trips will resume as soon as it is possible and safe to travel. We are continuously monitoring the situation and are in close contact with Israel’s Ministry of Health as well as our own international advisory board of medical experts. We plan to take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun and enjoyable Birthright Israel experience, once possible.
How is Birthright Israel making its health and safety decisions?
We are working closely with Israel’s Ministry of Health and our special health advisory board. Under their guidance, Birthright Israel will maintain the highest level of precautions once trips resume and make adjustments wherever 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 the near future, 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?
While we still don’t know the specifics about how trips will resume in the Covid-19 reality, 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.