Momentum Year-Long Journey
Covid Information

Momentum Year-Long Journeys have resumed, and we couldn’t be more ready! We’ll be closely monitoring the changing COVID-19 travel regulations set by the governments of Israel and our home countries, and updating you accordingly.

 

As we approach our 2022 trips, we’ll make the necessary adjustments to our itinerary and other important elements of the journey. At all times, we’ll be following the latest health and safety guidelines from the Israeli government. Check with your Community Leader and this page for the most up-to-date requirements.

If Momentum has to cancel these trips due to Covid19 restrictions, we will reschedule alternate dates when it is permissible. The safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our highest priority and foremost concern. 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: May 25, 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?

Although Israel changed the vaccination entry requirements on March 1st to allow anyone to enter Israel regardless of vaccination status, Momentum, along with all other major Israel travel organizations, is maintaining the policy that all participants coming on the trip be vaccinated. 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?

  • Take a PCR test in the 72 hours before the flight to Israel administered by professional samplers (not a home test). This is at the participant’s expense.
  • If your itinerary includes a connecting flight to Israel, the PCR test should be taken 72 hours before the departing flight to Israel.
  • Upon arrival in Israel, tourists will take an additional PCR test at Ben Gurion airport.
  • Prior to returning home, Momentum will reserve and pay for the required departure testing for those departing the last night of the trip. For those extending your stay, you will need to arrange and pay for the required departure testing. Staff on the trip will help provide a list of locations to do this.
  • Momentum will be responsible for the payments on all tests taken on the trip with the group

Will I have to take a serological test in Israel?

Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V or Sputnik-Light (administered as a booster dose) may be required to take a serological test in Israel, pending current Israel government regulations.

What tests will Momentum pay for?

Momentum will pay for the required testing in Israel for those arriving on the first day of the trip between 7 am until 12pm and for those departing on the last night of the trip. Note, exceptions may be made for large groups. Speak with your Community Leader.

Anyone who chooses to arrive prior to the first day of the trip or extend their stay will be responsible to pay for the required testing.

What if you have a positive PCR test within 72 hours of 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.

What countries does Israel permit non-citizens to visit from?

Israel allows entry to non-citizens based on the country the tourist is visiting from. Each country is classified as green, yellow, or red. For the most up-to-date country classification information, visit this website.

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

Israel is regulating who is permitted entry to Israel, vaccine and recovery requirements, testing upon landing in Israel, and quarantine requirements.

The regulations and requirements are changing frequently. We will update our policies and continually stay in touch.

According to Israeli laws, masks are required to be worn indoors.

Does Israel require a quarantine upon entering the country?

All passengers arriving in Israel are required to be in quarantine until they receive results from tests taken upon arrival to Israel.

This is usually between 4-24 hours.

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 to arrange and pay for the required testing and 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 ask your Community Leader for the link to do this.
  • 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 flights can I book?

Flights must arrive no later than 1 pm Israel time on the first day of the trip.

When choosing your flight, remember Momentum will pay for the required testing in Israel for those arriving on the first day of the trip between 7 am until 12pm and for those departing on the last night of the trip.  Note, exceptions may be made for large groups.  Speak with your Community Leader.

Anyone who chooses to arrive prior to the first day of the trip or extend their stay will be responsible to pay for the required testing.

We strongly recommend groups travel together on the same flights to streamline the process.

Due to the current quarantine requirement, we strongly recommend choosing a flight that arrives in the morning of the first day of the trip in order to allow the most time to take the required test and receive the results to get out of quarantine prior to the program the first evening.

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.

If your itinerary includes a connecting flight to Israel, the PCR test should be taken 72 hours before the departing flight to Israel.

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?

The first official program is the first evening of the arrival day, starting about 5pm. It is the date that is officially listed as the start date of your 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, including additional disinfecting procedures.

Masks will be required at all indoor facilities. 

Will staff be screened for Covid-19?

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

What health 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 you purchase health insurance that includes Covid coverage to ensure you are covered for the additional days.

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 changes will we see on the trip due to Covid-19?

We will adapt our signature Momentum experience to accommodate the needs of this unique trip, including adjustments to programs and tours, and single rooms available for an additional cost.

What happens if I develop Covid symptoms on the trip?

Momentum will follow protocols put in place by the Israel Ministry of Health. This includes isolating the individual from the group, at the participant’s expense, and getting tested for Covid-19.

What happens if I test positive for Covid 19?

Momentum will follow protocols put in place by the Israel Ministry of Health. You will be isolated from the group, at your own expense, and not be able to rejoin the trip.

How long will I have to quarantine?

The quarantine time required by the Ministry of Health is changing based on the active strain and current daily cases. Momentum will follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Is quarantine or trip cancellation insurance available?

It is recommended that each participant purchase travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.

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.

According to the most recent Ministry of Health guidelines, the rest of the participants will continue on the trip because they have been tested and have adequate antibodies.

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.

THIS WEBSITE WAS CREATED IN LOVING MEMORY OF RITA KRAKOWER MARGOLIS

Choose your Journey

For Jewish mothers with children age 18 and under

FREE (excl. airfare)

Each woman receives a $3650 scholarship

Partner organization contributes $700 per woman

The Israeli Government contributes $700 per woman

To participate in the Momentum Year-Long Journey, women must live in close proximity to a Partner Organization. See our partners list here. Please notify your Community Leader with any updates to your application

APPLY NOW

Mainly for the husbands of Momentum sisters

$900 for Momentum husbands

Each man get a scholarship of $2,100-$2,400

Partner Organization contributes $700 per man

The Israeli Government does not contribute to the Men’s Trips

To participate, men must live in close proximity to a Partner Organization. See our partners list here. Please notify your Community Leader with any updates to your application

APPLY NOW

For Jewish Mothers of Lone Soldiers with at least one child 21 and under

FREE (excl. airfare)

Each woman receives a $3650 scholarship

The Israeli government contributes $700 per woman

APPLY NOW

Momentum Grand is an exclusive, transformational, spiritual, and uplifting journey for women looking to invest in themselves and help us continue to build the Momentum movement.

Please note: This trip is not subsidized.

APPLY NOW