Momentum Year-Long Journey
Covid Information

Momentum Year-Long Journeys resumed in July 2021, and we are thrilled to have our men’s and women’s groups traveling to Israel once again!

 

We continue to monitor Covid-19 travel requirements, Israel government regulations and follow the latest health and safety guidelines.

 

If necessary, we will make adjustments to the itinerary and will continue to update you accordingly. We reserve the right to make changes to the trip and flight requirements based on changing government regulations. The safety and well-being of our participants and staff are our highest priority and foremost concern.

 

Check with your Community Leader and this page for the most up-to-date requirements.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon! Let us know if you have any additional questions info@MomentumUnlimited.org.

 

All information is subject to change. Government regulations are updated frequently, and we will update this page as the information is shared with us.

 

 

Last updated: September 12, 2022

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Momentum running Israel trips this year?

Yes!

We will be following the regulations set forth by the Israeli government, which determines entry requirements for tourists.

We will update this webpage and the partner organizations as we learn of travel regulations or restrictions that may affect our trips.

Do I need to be vaccinated to go on the trip?

Yes! Even though Israel does permit entry to anyone regardless of vaccination status, Momentum, along with most other major Israel travel organizations, is still requiring participants be fully vaccinated in order to participate on the trip.

It is highly recommended to travel with a copy of your vaccination record in the case that an airline or border control may request to see it.

Participants may join a trip if they are fully vaccinated with *2 or more World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines. The last dose must have been administered more than 14 days prior to your arrival in Israel.
*Or 1 dose of a WHO single dose vaccine

What are the Israeli government mandated testing requirements?

  • Israel does not require any Covid tests to enter or leave the country.
  • It is imperative to check with your airline to ensure you comply with any testing requirements they may have.
  • Momentum strongly recommends each person take a Covid test, either PCR or antigen, prior to traveling to Israel. This is for each person’s own benefit; to avoid discovering one has Covid while already in Israel. Though it would be extremely disappointing to cancel the trip, it is easier to manage illness when one is home and not needing to make arrangements in a foreign country.
  • Though Israel does not require any Covid tests, Momentum does require an antigen test at the hotel on the first day of the trip in order to ensure the trip is starting Covid-free. Momentum will provide the test kits for each participant.

What tests will Momentum pay for?

  • Momentum will be providing home antigen tests for all participants to take on the first day of the trip. Tests will continue to be available throughout the trip for anyone to take if they are experiencing any symptoms.
  • As Israel no longer requires testing to enter or leave the country, Momentum will not be providing Covid tests for flights.
  • Participants are responsible for knowing their home country’s entry requirements. If their home country requires a Covid test to return and participants are departing within 24 hours of the trip ending, Momentum will help arrange and pay for the required Covid testing. Community Leaders are responsible for informing their Momentum Project Manager at least 2 weeks prior to the trip if this is needed.
  • Participants also need to check their airlines boarding requirements as these vary by airline.

What if you have a positive Covid test prior to your flight departure?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to join the trip. You will be eligible to receive a full refund of the $500 deposit, $99 acceptance fee, $75 paid for tips and $25 for Year of Growth book.

What are the regulations set by the Israel Ministry of Health?

Currently, there are no regulations in place specific to Covid.

Does Israel require a quarantine upon entering the country?

Currently there is no requirement for quarantine upon arriving in Israel.

Can I arrive in Israel early on my own, before the trip starts, or extend my stay in Israel after the trip ends?

  • Currently, participants can arrive early or extend their stay in Israel. However, it is important you understand the change fees and refund policy on your airline ticket in case travel regulations change.
  • Participants who choose to arrive early to Israel or extend their stay are responsible for the additional health insurance for the extra days.
  • Israel requires all tourists to have health insurance that covers Covid. Momentum has this covered while you are on your trip. If you are arriving early or staying after your trip date, you are required to purchase the additional days of health insurance. Please see more details about health and travel insurance.
  • Our preferred travel agent is Go Inspire travel. You can contact them directly by filling out their flight request form or emailing them at momentumtravel@goinspire.com

What insurance is included?

  • Momentum provides health insurance for all participants, which includes Covid coverage, for the duration of the trip.
  • Pre-existing conditions are not included in the health insurance policy.
  • This health insurance does not include any coverage for change of flights or quarantine. It is recommended that each participant purchase travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.
  • If you are arriving prior to the trip or extending the trip, it is a requirement from the government of Israel that all travelers have health insurance that includes Covid coverage. This can be fulfilled in one of the following ways:
    • Confirm if your health insurance from your home country includes Covid coverage and will cover you in Israel. Note, you may need to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed upon your return home.
    • Purchase an extension of the health insurance coverage Momentum purchases for the trip dates. If you choose this option, it needs to be done by 30 days prior to your trip date.

What flights can I book?

Flights must arrive no later than 1 pm Israel time on the first day of the trip and depart after 11 pm on the last day of the trip.

It is each participant’s responsibility to know the border policy for the flight itinerary booked and requirements regarding departure/arrival, including matters such as COVID tests, official statement forms, documentation of your vaccination or recovery status (COVID certificates) and isolation requirements.

Does my flight have to be direct or can I have a stop-over?

We recommend booking the most direct flight possible.

With changing travel regulations, a stop-over may be permitted at the time of booking, however by the time the trip comes, the regulations may have changed.

Participants are responsible to know the requirements from the airline and the flight itinerary booked.

When does the trip officially begin?

All participants must arrive in Israel by 1pm on the start date of their trip.

What if Momentum cancels the trips?

Every participant will receive a credit for a future trip.

What safety measures will be in place on the trip?

Bus companies, hotels, and venues will adhere to Ministry of Health regulations.

Will staff be screened for Covid-19?

Yes, all staff will be screened and will be vaccinated.

What if I buy my airline ticket and I cannot go on the trip?

We recommend purchasing traveler’s insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.

What happens if I develop Covid symptoms on the trip?

  • Momentum will follow protocols put in place by the Israel Ministry of Health.
  • For mild symptoms, such as a mild cough or runny nose, we will request the participant take a Covid antigen test and wear a mask.
  • For anyone exhibiting stronger symptoms, such as a fever, we will ask the participant to isolate from the group, at the participant’s expense, and take a Covid test.

 

What happens if I test positive for Covid 19?

Momentum will follow protocols put in place by the Israel Ministry of Health. Anyone who tests positive for Covid will need to quarantine, either in your own room at the hotel or an AirBNB. All costs for quarantine are the responsibility of the participant.

How long will I have to quarantine?

The quarantine time required by the Israel Ministry of Health is minimum 5 days, if testing negative on a home antigen test on days 4 or 5, or 7 days if still testing positive on days 4 and 5.

Is quarantine or trip cancellation insurance available?

We are strongly recommending that each participant purchase travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.

You can select any travel insurance as this is optional, but we recommend you read the policy and understand specifically what is covered, not covered, exclusions, and deductibles.

Our tour operators offer the below policies for U.S. residents for your convenience:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XYq4F4ZqR8c2iLkfoVSrqmIuKSB5b0j2/view
https://www.goinspire.com/insurance/

For those residing outside the U.S., the below policy option is offered:
https://www.imglobal.com/travel-medical-insurance/patriot-travel-medical-insurance

What happens if someone on my bus is Covid-19 positive?

  • Momentum will follow protocols put in place by the Israel Ministry of Health. This includes isolating the individual from the group and getting tested for Covid-19.
  • All participants on the bus will have the option to take a home antigen test.
  • According to the most recent Ministry of Health guidelines, the rest of the participants will continue on the trip because they are vaccinated.

Will I have a roommate?

You will have a roommate and have the opportunity to choose your roommate prior to the trip.

Single rooms are available for an additional fee of $900.

What meals will be included?

Breakfast is included daily at the hotel.

A standard Momentum trip generally includes 1 lunch and 3 dinners.

If I am high-risk, is it safe for me to join the trip?

The World Health Organization recommends that anyone who is high risk not travel.

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