Coronavirus (Covid - 19)
How is HMI making its health and safety decisions?
HMI is in close touch with the Government of Israel’s Ministry of Health to understand all travel and entry regulations and procedures.
HMI will maintain the highest level of precautions on our trips and adjust whenever necessary.
Guidelines are subject to change, and as any new policies become available, HMI will post them on this page.
What are the current requirements regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to travel to Israel on an HMI trip?
Testing: As of June 2022, visitors to Israel no longer need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test prior to departure. HMI, however, does require participants to take and pay for their own PCR COVID-19 tests 3 days before departure at their home location and provide the negative results at the airport.
The restrictions regarding travel within 2 weeks of departure to Israel continue to evolve. Safety is our top priority and HMI does not recommend traveling 2 weeks before your trip dates. We strongly recommend avoiding travel before your Israel trip for your own protection and that of everyone else in your cohort. If you do choose to travel within 2 weeks of departure, we recommend you check this link 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 US.
What if I recovered from COVID-19? Can I join a trip?
You must be fully vaccinated by HMI's requirements in addition to being recovered from COVID-19.
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-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 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 email@example.com for inquiries about this plan. Participants are required to bring a printed copy of their policy to the airport on departure day. In the event that HMI must pay fees on a participant’s behalf due to quarantine, the participant is required to submit a claim to their insurance for the fees incurred.When discussing coverage options with Traveland or alternative insurance provider, you may indicate the cost of the trip as $2800 plus any additional fees participants make to Traveland.
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. HMI participants will need to patiently wait for test results before traveling to tourist sites (generally no more than a few hours) and you will likely spend more time outdoors and visit sites that abide by the highest standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health. Other than that, 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?
The individual who is presenting symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine. If individuals present any symptoms of sickness in general, Israel has an excellent medical system with hospitals spread throughout the country. HMI staff will work to transport individuals to nearby medical facilities based on the severity of illness. If needed, through the individual hotels and our partnership with our tour provider we can bring doctors to the hotel to examine individuals having medical issues. If an individual tests positive and needs to remain in Israel after the trip dates, participants will be responsible for any costs incurred (participants should check with their travel insurance company about the reimbursement process).
Can we change our flight tickets and extend on the front or back end of the trip?
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 automatically reserved in economy for HMI participants) OR deviate from the group flight on the return, you may be able to do with a $100 change fee/per person, plus any additional airfare over the value of the ticket.
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 escalation of conflict or any threat of violence HMI will not hesitate to change the itinerary or to take any other necessary precautions. HMI’s ground partner in Israel, Isram, is in constant contact with Israel’s security services who have responsibility for 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 Educator and accompanied by two staff members from the group’s city of origin. Additionally, if needed, HMI provides security personnel with our groups during portions of the trip.
How will we get around Israel?
You will travel together as a group on a designated tour bus only for your group.
Has Honeymoon Israel ever had any security issues?
No. The safety and well-being of our participants is our primary concern. 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 widely available in Israel both on buses and all HMI hotels provide. Many participants choose to purchase additional international cellular coverage in order to stay in contact. HMI staff with every group also have cellular phones and can provide additional coverage as needed.