All applicants must upload a copy of the picture page of their passport into their Personal Trip Profile upon receiving a Trip Offer. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months after the trip, or the airlines will not issue a ticket. Should we not receive your passport within 45 days before your trip departs, you risk being removed from the trip and your deposit being forfeited.
Please be sure that the name that you put on your online Birthright Israel application is exactly as it appears on your passport. If it is different, even by one letter, please let our office know immediately. Having the names on your application and passport mismatched can result in your not being able to board the flight and/or a financial penalty from the airline.
Participants who need to apply for, or renew a passport, should begin the process immediately. This process can take up to 6 weeks. Please visit the Department of State’s Passport Services and Information site Here. The site also has a list of local passport agencies. Expedited processing may be available for an additional fee. For more information enquire at your local passport agency.
If at any time throughout your life you held / or currently hold an Israeli passport, you will need to bring your Israeli passport along with your US Passport or other travel documents when departing from the US. You will also need to bring your Army Exemption Papers signed by the Consulate. This passport MUST be valid for up to 2 months after your departure date.
If you are a non US passport holder, you will be required to submit your respective passport together with either a green card or valid US travel document. You must also review our Visa Requirements for entry into Israel (below) to determine whether or not you need a visa. Additionally, if your flight has a connection, please review our section below on Visa Requirements for connecting flights.
If you DO NOT hold a Canadian/US passport, and your flight has a connection, please review our Visa Requirements to determine whether or not you require a visa to transit through the country you are connecting in. Your visa must be obtained at least 1 month prior to your trip departure, otherwise you risk being removed from the trip and your deposit being forfeited.
Please Note: The government of Canada has implemented a new system whereby non USA and non Canadian citizens require additional documentation to travel through Canada. If you are connecting through Canada please pay very close attention to this information which can be found in our Visa Requirements to avoid being unable to travel.
Please note that US passport holders do NOT need a Visa to enter Israel. Holders of the following passports will need a Visa to enter Israel and should apply for this as soon as they have received their Trip Offer and Final Confirmation Receipt. Your visa must be obtained at least 1 month prior to your trip departure, otherwise you risk being removed from the trip and your deposit being forfeited.
Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Cuba, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Venezuela