Momentum Year-Long Journey
We are thrilled that the Momentum Trip to Israel is operating as normal, and can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful shared homeland for this transformative experience!
The reduction in Covid-related restrictions has made traveling to and from Israel much easier.
Israel no longer has Covid-related travel restrictions, however, Momentum continues to maintain the policy that participants coming on the trip will be fully vaccinated, in line with many other organizations running adult trips to Israel. Momentum will continue to follow the Israel Ministry of Health policies and current regulations. The safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our highest priority. Should Covid-related complications arise, we reserve the right to make changes to the trip and flight requirements. If needed, we will adjust the trip itinerary while on the ground in Israel.
All information is subject to change. We will update this page as the information is shared with us. Check with your Community Leader and this page for the most up-to-date requirements.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Last updated: June 19, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
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 running adult trips, is still requiring participants be fully vaccinated 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 one dose of a WHO single-dose vaccine
If I am high-risk or have family members who are high-risk, is it safe for me to join the trip?
- Each participant needs to make their own decision if it is advisable for them to participate in an international group travel experience.
- On the trip, expect to be around large groups both from the Momentum groups as well as other tourist groups at public venues.
- Medications to treat Covid in Israel differ from those used in the US and Canada. If someone is high-risk and comes on the trip, they need to know that the same medications that would be used to treat them at home may not be available to treat them in Israel.
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 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.
What tests will Momentum pay for?
- Antigen tests will continue to be available throughout the trip for anyone to take if they would like to.
- As Israel no longer requires testing to enter or leave the country, Momentum will not be providing Covid tests for flights.
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 the Year of Growth book. Documentation of the positive test will be requested.
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 email@example.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, including pregnancy, are not included in the health insurance policy.
You can view the coverage details, including the exclusions on pre-existing conditions (including pregnancy) by reviewing the Harel Table of Benefits.
- This health insurance does not include any coverage for change of flights or quarantine. Momentum requires each participant purchase their own 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. Request the link for this from your Community Leader.
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.
Please note Momentum only provides transportation from the airport to the hotel for flights that arrive on the first day of the trip between 7am and 1pm Israel time. The first bus departs the airport between 9-9:30 am.
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.
Will staff be vaccinated for Covid-19?
Yes, all staff needs to be vaccinated to work on the trip.
What if I buy my airline ticket and I cannot go on the trip?
Momentum requires participants purchase traveler’s insurance to cover unforeseen circumstance.
What happens if I test positive for Covid 19 during the trip?
- Momentum will follow protocols put in place by the Israel Ministry of Health.
- The participant will not be allowed to participate in the trip while testing positive for Covid. If she or he tests negative, she or he can rejoin the trip.
- Although Israel does not require quarantine, the participant does need to move into her own room at the hotel or at an AirBNB, at the participant’s expense.
Is quarantine or trip cancellation insurance available?
- Momentum requires each participant purchase travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.
- You can select any travel insurance, 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:
- For those residing outside the U.S., the below policy option is offered:
What happens if someone on my bus is Covid-19 positive?
- All participants on the bus will have the option to take a home antigen test. This is optional and not a requirement.
- 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 $950 when requested 60 days prior to the trip. After this date, the fee will be $1500.
- Single rooms need to be requested a minimum of 60 days before the trip and will only be confirmed 1 month prior to the trip.
What meals will be included?
Breakfast is included daily at the hotel.
A standard Momentum trip generally includes 2 lunches and 3 dinners.