IT'S HAPPENING – SUMMER 2021 IS ON!
Journey with us to the most vaccinated country on earth for the adventure you've been dreaming about! Israel Outdoors has a full lineup of free Birthright Israel trips throughout June, July, and August 2021. Space will be limited. Here's how to plan ahead...
WAIT FOR A TRIP OFFER
We're now offering actual trip spots via email according to the order that you completed your application. Time is of the essence – let's go!
We'll schedule an interview to check your eligibility and answer all your questions
HOW IT WORKS
We're gearing up to give you the experience of a lifetime. Here's how we'll do it safely...
Travel alongside ~25 of your newest friends as part of a smaller-than-usual group.
Be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure + provide a copy of your CDC card.
Clear a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure. You'll need it to board the flight.
Pass another PCR test as well as an anti-body test – we'll cover the costs.
Masks are required indoors, but not outdoors in most places.
QUESTIONS & ANSWER
You've probably got lots of questions. Be sure to read all of these details to help you get ready for the journey. HERE. WE. GO.
Updated June 11, 2021 and subject to change
Are Birthright trips resuming this summer?
Yes! While entry to Israel continues to be extremely limited, Birthright Israel participants who are fully vaccinated are allowed into the country. We’re working closely with Israel’s Ministry of Health and adhering to all its guidelines. You’ll need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 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 via blood sample, which we will provide for you.
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 a COVID-19 FDA authorized vaccine. Travel is possible 7 days after the final vaccine has been administered. You’ll need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 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 via blood sample which we will provide for you. *Documented verification of vaccine is required. Please update your COVID-19 status in your application.
What if I recovered from COVID-19? Can I join a trip?
Yes. If you recovered from COVID-19 and received at least one FDA authorized vaccine you may join a trip starting in July. Travel is possible 7 days after the vaccine has been administered. You’ll need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 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, performed using a blood sample. Both tests will be provided for you. Documented verification of your recovery and vaccine is required. Please update your COVID-19 status in your application.
How is Birthright Israel and Israel Outdoors 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.
How will my trip be different from a regular trip due to COVID-19?
As has been the case for the last 21 years of operation, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our highest priority and foremost concern. The group will need to patiently wait for the PCR and serological test results before traveling to sites, 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 and visit sites that abide by the high standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health. 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 in vaccination rates and the majority of the population over the age of 16 are already vaccinated.
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.
Do I need to take a COVID test before I travel?
Yes, you must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours of departure.
Do I need to take an antibodies test in Israel?
Yes. An antibodies (serological) test via blood sample 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 to Israel and don’t have antibodies?
In the unlikely event your antibodies test is negative, you will not be able to join your group for the trip. You will be placed on the next flight back home.
I was already accepted for a scheduled trip…now what?
If your trip was cancelled, you already have priority status make sure to choose a new trip date in your application.
What is the cancellation policy?
Until you accept a trip offer you can receive full refund for your $250 deposit. After accepting your trip offer you can receive the $250 if you cancel up to 35 days prior to your scheduled departure date. Learn more at israeloutdoors.com/deposit.
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.
Do 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?
You will probably be able to extend you flight through the airline company. 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. Unless you hold an Israeli passport, you cannot travel to another country and then return to Israel during your extension.
Before I go on my Birthright Israel trip I am planning to visit other countries. Is this ok?
Due to the increased spread of COVID-19 variants around the world, all participants who visit a destination that has a high COVID-19 risk or warning 14 days prior to their Birthright Israel departure will not be able to join a trip. This restriction does not apply to vaccinated or recovered participants who transit through these destinations and stay for 12 hours or less in the airport transit area. Please note the list of high-risk countries can change.
I applied for an Israel Outdoors trip in Summer 2020 and/or Winter 2020/21 but both seasons were cancelled due to COVID-19 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 can still go this summer as an exception. If you are having a problem logging into your application please contact us at email@example.com.