Momentum Year-Long Journey
Covid Information

Momentum Year-Long Journeys are resuming, 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 2021 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.

 

We will provide you with updated information as soon as we have it.

 

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: September 14, 2021

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Momentum running Israel trips this year?

Yes, we received special permission from the Israeli government to allow us to bring groups to Israel.

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

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

Yes, the Israeli government is only allowing entry to tourists who have been vaccinated and have a vaccination certificate.

Do I need to get a third vaccine?

If possible and you are eligible, we recommend getting the third vaccine. It is imperative to get your antibodies checked.

What if I’m not eligible for the third vaccine in time for the trip?

We recommend getting your antibodies checked to ensure you have sufficient antibodies before the trip. If you do not have antibodies, speak to your doctor about getting the third vaccine.

What are the Israeli government mandated testing requirements?

  • Tourists traveling to Israel must provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19 taken within 72 hours of travel.
  • It is highly recommended that participants take a serological test for antibodies in advance of the trip to ensure they have antibodies.
  • Upon arrival to Israel, tourists will take an additional PCR test and a serological test. While waiting for the results, tourists must remain in quarantine. in the airport.
  • Prior to returning home, participants must undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of departure. We will incorporate this into the trip.
  • Momentum will be responsible for the payments on all tests taken on the trip- 2 PCR tests and a serological test.

What kind of serological test do I take in the US to test for antibodies?

If ordering the test through a private doctor, make sure it includes the “spike” protein. Labcorp code is 164090, SARS-CoV-2 semi-quantitative Total antibody test. Quest code is 34499, SARS-CoV-2 Antibody IgG, Spike, semi-quantitative. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids before the test.

What is the minimum number of antibodies required to enter Israel?

According to our last trip in July, the Ministry of Health required at least 25 antibodies. That number is subject to change.

What happens if I do not meet the requirements of the antibodies test in Israel?

In the unlikely event your antibodies test does not meet the requirements set forth by the Israeli government, you will not be able to join your group for the trip. You will be placed on the next flight home at your own expense.

We strongly recommend taking a serological test at least a week prior to departure to confirm antibodies.

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 are the regulations set by the Israel Ministry of Health?

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.

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

  • Momentum has special permission for our participants to come as a group. Participants must arrive with their group flight. We have provided pre-approved flight options for each trip.
  • Our preferred travel agent is Go Inspire travel. You can contact them directly to inquire about the group flights by filling out their flight request form or emailing them at momentumtravel@goinspire.com
  • Momentum has obtained a special ishur (permit) for each participant in our group to enter Israel.

What flights can I book?

For all Fall 2021 trips, due to the entry permit requirement, participants can make flight reservations only on one of the pre-approved flights. Reservations on any other flights is not permitted and participants will not be able to obtain an entry permit in order to board any flight besides those listed.

What happens if I book a flight that is not approved?

The airline will not allow you to board the flight as your entry permit (which Momentum will email you directly) is connected to your flight. The entry permit is only valid on one of the pre-approved group flights.

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.

Pre-existing conditions are not included, nor are any expenses relating to quarantine or change of flights.

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.

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.

The rest of the participants will be able to 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 for fall trips.

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.

Are restaurants open in Israel?

Yes, restaurants are open. There are regulations governing the number of patrons allowed in a restaurant.

Are shops open in Israel?

Yes, shops are open, and look forward to your business. There are regulations governing the number of patrons allowed in each store.

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