WATER

Courtesy of JTA; Photo credit: Melanie Fidler /Flash90.

Birthright Israel participants enjoy a waterfall at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve in the Dead Sea Valley. 

(JTA) Birthright Israel is resuming its trips after a month of cancellations over Israeli COVID-19 quarantine rules, the organization announced September 2nd.

The first Birthright Israel trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic took place in May, but the ten-day programs were stopped again in August due to new travel restrictions aimed at curbing the Delta variant of the virus.

To join a Birthright trip, participants must now be fully vaccinated with two or three shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, with no more than a six-month gap from the last shot and the trip’s departure date. Alternately, they can be fully vaccinated by one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with no more than a six-month gap from the shot until their trip’s departure.

Birthright Israel will not have to enforce a seven-day quarantine period for people who have completed their vaccination process within the past five months.

They will still be subject to PCR upon arrival and wait for the PCR results before beginning the trip.

That contrasts with the current policy for U.S. travelers to Israel, who must enter quarantine upon arrival.

Over seven hundred and fifty thousand people have gone on the free trips to Israel since Birthright launched in 2000.

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