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Birthright trips to resume in October without quarantines for the vaccinated

Tours will likely restart on October 3; visitors will still need to take PCR and serological tests

Jewish youth from across the world attend the main annual Taglit Birthright event at the International Conference Center in Jerusalem. Taglit-Birthright is a free 10-day educational trip offered to Jewish young ages 18 to 26. December 24, 2017. (Hadas Parush/FLASH90)
Jewish youth from across the world attend the main annual Taglit Birthright event at the International Conference Center in Jerusalem. Taglit-Birthright is a free 10-day educational trip offered to Jewish young ages 18 to 26. December 24, 2017. (Hadas Parush/FLASH90)

JTA — Birthright Israel is resuming its trips after a month of cancellations over Israeli COVID-19 quarantine rules, the organization announced Thursday.

Participants who have been fully vaccinated in the past six months will not have to quarantine on arrival for the trips, which will likely resume Oct. 3. However, they will still be subject to PCR and serological tests upon arrival and wait for the PCR results before beginning the trip.

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

Birthright had previously resumed its trips in May — the first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Over 750,000 people have gone on the free trips to Israel since Birthright launched in 2000.

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