Health & Safety Travel FAQ

These FAQs address questions related to COVID-19 and safety and security in Israel. All information is subject to change. Last updated December 2022.

COVID-19


How is Honeymoon Israel making its health and safety decisions?

Since Honeymoon Israel (HMI) resumed trips in March 2022, following a two-year pause due to restricted travel, we have adhered to all U.S. and Israel COVID-19-related protocols. Our goal is to keep all trip participants and staff safe and healthy, while providing the best Honeymoon Israel experience possible. With that in mind, we have instituted multiple layers of protection for our participants to ensure minimal travel disruptions.


Our team is in close touch with Israel’s Ministry of Health to understand all travel and entry regulations and procedures. Guidelines are subject to change, and can do so rapidly.


What are the current requirements regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters, and testing to travel to Israel on an HMI trip?


  • Vaccinations/boosters: HMI requires all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e. received two vaccine doses, or a single Johnson and Johnson vaccine dose). If you completed your original vaccine more than 6 months before your trip departure date, then you are required to have received at least one booster at least two weeks before departure. This policy is in place for trips traveling through March 2023.


  • Testing: HMI requires participants to take a PCR COVID-19 test three days before departure and provide the negative results at the airport. HMI does not cover this expense so please plan in advance to avoid high testing fees.

  • If testing is required during your stay in Israel, HMI will provide antigen (rapid) tests and will coordinate a PCR test. In order to submit any COVID-19/quarantine related costs to your travel insurance provider, a positive PCR result is required.


  • Masking: HMI requires participants to wear a mask during air travel to Israel and while indoors in HMI groups settings in Israel.


Am I allowed to travel in the weeks before an HMI trip?

HMI does not recommend traveling two weeks before your trip dates for your own protection and that of everyone else in your group. If you do choose to travel within two weeks of departure, we recommend you check here leading up to your trip dates to ensure you can enter the country, or contact the Israel Ministry of Tourism.


Do we need a COVID-19 test before we return to the United States?

As of June 2022, the United States no longer requires travelers to present a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test prior to arrival back in the U.S.


What if I recovered from COVID-19? Can I join a trip?
You must be fully vaccinated by HMI's requirements above, in addition to being recovered from COVID-19. Every participant is required to take a PCR test within three days of departure, regardless of whether they’ve had COVID-19 recently. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three months and are symptom-free, please bring proof of your previous positive test should you continue to test positive on the pre-trip test or while in Israel.

What will happen if a COVID-related situation impacts travel restrictions to Israel?

HMI will alter trip dates if travel restrictions or rules impact our ability to conduct the HMI trip with the highest levels of trip quality and safety. If Israel institutes travel restrictions such as longer quarantines that significantly impact the HMI trip and our participants, we will shift our trip accordingly.


The HMI team will be in communication with you and your partner from the moment you register for your trip. If something occurs that impacts our ability to travel for any reason, we will be in touch with you directly and share alternative options as necessary (i.e. refunds, alternative trip dates, etc).


What is the cancellation policy?

After you submit your registration and payment for your trip, the participation trip fee is deemed non-refundable and any participant-requested cancellations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Your travel insurance should cover cancellation. If you are notified of a COVID-19-related trip postponement decision made by Honeymoon Israel, you will be provided cancellation/refund options accordingly.


Does Honeymoon Israel provide travel insurance coverage for its participants?

No, Honeymoon Israel does not provide travel insurance coverage while in Israel. Participants are required to obtain their own travel insurance prior to departure. Travel insurance should cover trip cancellation, health coverage, COVID-19 quarantine costs, luggage delays, and flight delays/cancellations. While participants can select their insurance carrier, HMI’s travel vendor provides an option for insurance: Travel Insured International. Please reach out to liana@traveland.net for inquiries about this plan. When discussing coverage options, you may indicate the cost of the trip as $2,800 if traveling through March 2023, and $2,900 if traveling starting in August 2023, plus any additional fees paid, if applicable. Participants are required to bring a printed or digital copy of their policy to the airport on departure day. We recommend that participants familiarize themselves with their coverage options in the event that they test positive for COVID-19 while in Israel or experience another travel disruption. Participants will pay for and then submit any related expenses to their insurance provider for reimbursement. In the event that HMI pays fees on a participant’s behalf, the participant is required to submit a claim to their insurance and reimburse HMI for the fees incurred.

How will our HMI trip be different from an HMI trip that happened prior to COVID-19?

The safety and well-being of our participants and staff is HMI’s highest priority and foremost concern. Current trips feature all of the same elements as before the pandemic, but now with COVID-19 precautionary measures in place as needed, such as testing or masking. We can assure you that we will take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun, romantic, and enjoyable HMI experience.


What happens if someone presents symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19 while on the trip? 

HMI staff, working with our travel partners, are prepared to support any participant with COVID-19. The individual who is presenting symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine, as required by the Israel government. If an individual requires medical attention, Israel has an excellent medical system with hospitals throughout the country. HMI staff will transport individuals to nearby medical facilities if needed, based on the severity of illness, and we can arrange to bring doctors to the hotel. If an individual tests positive and needs to enter mandated quarantine, participants will be responsible for any upfront costs for accommodation, food, or related costs and should submit expenses to their travel insurance provider for reimbursement.


Can we change our flight tickets and extend on the front or back end of the trip? 

To minimize additional COVID-19 exposure, all participants are required to travel to Israel on the arranged group flight departing from your community. Participants may have an option of extending/deviating from the group flight on the back-end of the trip, but it is subject to availability and not guaranteed. If you and/or your partner wish to upgrade your seats (all seats are reserved in economy for HMI participants) or deviate from the returning group flight, you may be able to do so with a $100 change fee/per person, plus any additional airfare over the value of the ticket. If you book your own flight at the end of the group trip, the departure time needs to be after 11pm on the last Saturday night of the trip


Safety and Security


Is it safe to travel to Israel?

Yes. The safety and well-being of participants is our primary concern and the first priority of HMI. HMI staff and our partners in Israel are in constant contact with Israel’s security services and all itineraries and activities are safe for HMI participants and all tourists visiting Israel.


What happens if violence escalates during the trip?

In the event of an escalation of conflict or any threat of violence, HMI will not hesitate to change the itinerary and/or take any other necessary precautions. HMI’s travel partners in Israel are in constant contact with Israel’s security services who have responsibility for the safety and security of all groups in the country.


Will staff members accompany us throughout the trip?

Each HMI group is led by a Tour Guide & Educator and accompanied by two staff members from the group’s city of origin. Additionally, if needed, HMI provides security personnel with groups during portions of the trip.


How will we get around Israel?

You will travel together as a group on a designated tour bus.


Has Honeymoon Israel ever had any security issues?

No. In seven years of operations with more than 100 groups, Honeymoon Israel has never had any security issues or incidents.


My loved-ones in the US are worried about me traveling to Israel. Will they be able to reach me during the trip?

Yes. Wi-Fi is generally available on buses and available at all hotels. We recommend that participants purchase additional international cellular coverage or a SIM card in order to stay in contact.