IMPORTANT: It is mandatory that all Birthright Israel participants
have health insurance that is valid in Israel for the duration of the trip.
- If you have health insurance in the U.S., check that you are covered while traveling overseas.
- Choose an insurance provider, and ensure that you have coverage. We recommend* you purchase insurance through CTAS - an inexpensive and easy way to fulfill this requirement.
CTAS is underwritten by Harel Insurance Company, Israel’s largest medical insurer. You can learn more about CTAS here: www.ctas.co.il/IsraelExpertsBRI.asp
Israel Experts does provide full medical coverage while you are here (which is secondary to your personal coverage), BUT it does NOT cover travel insurance to and from Israel, lost or stolen items, trip cancellation (on your part, due to emergency), medical care for pre-existing conditions, or medical evacuation.
Please note: You will need to provide us with your health insurance information no later than two weeks prior to your departure.
Health Insurance vs Travel Insurance
We say - both!
Most people are aware of the benefits of health insurance; however, we strongly recommend you also consider travel insurance to cover the cost of lost/stolen baggage, cameras, iPods, tablets, phones etc.
If you are purchasing connecting flights, travel insurance should cover your costs should your flight be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather (check with insurer).
*Please note that Israel Experts has no affiliation with CTAS or any other insurance company. For any and all questions and issues regarding their services, please contact them directly.
Finally, Israel Experts will not be liable for any medical treatment needed by participants throughout the trip, nor for lost/stolen items.