Will any Birthright Israel trips be affected by the Coronavirus outbreak?
We are in close contact with Israel's Ministry of Health regarding the Coronavirus on a daily basis. Currently Israel's Ministry of Health has implemented entry restrictions for all travelers which now includes a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all those arriving as of 7pm March 9, 2020. Birthright Israel trips scheduled for May have been postponed.
All summer season trips scheduled to begin in June are continuing as planned pending the mandatory 14-day quarantine for international travelers be lifted. Should changes be necessary, we will notify the participants accordingly.
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 September?
Birthright Israel allows you to cancel off a confirmed trip at least 65 days before departure without incurring any loss of your deposit. Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus we have extended the cancellation deadline (until further notice) to 35 days before your scheduled departure for June to September trips. If you change your mind 35 days or more before your scheduled flight, all you need to do is inform your Trip Organizer in writing and ask for a refund of your deposit or that it be carried over to the winter or next summer 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?
For the summer season, flights from August until September are as scheduled, however, Birthright Israel will not be accepting flight extension requests until further notice.