COMMITMENT TO FUN, HEALTH, AND SAFETY

In 2021, we hosted more than 1,750 teens and staff on our BBYO travel and camp experiences without the emergence of a single COVID-19 case. As we finalize planning for our 2022 summer season, we have an ongoing commitment to providing safe and meaningful experiences for teens. We are also dedicated to providing clear communication on our evolving policies and procedures. BBYO is moving forward with preparations for Passport experiences in Israel, Europe, and the Americas this summer.

Because travel policies are continually changing, we are grateful for your patience as we work with our on-the-ground tour providers and local governments to confirm our group travel procedures. Information about COVID-19 is ever-changing, and we are continuously updating our operations to ensure safe programs this summer. We will update this page and communicate directly with our registered families as things progress. We appreciate your partnership and thank you for entrusting us with your teen’s wellbeing this summer.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU IS THAT BBYO PASSPORT WILL:
  • Coordinate directly with government officials to establish program approval and protocol
  • Partner with our medical task force to develop guidelines for safe travel
  • Communicate updates and policies to teens and parents as soon as they are available
  • Communicate participant requirements as they relate to COVID-19 PCR tests, serology tests, or otherwise
  • Ensure all environments are safe for participants to the best of our ability
  • Provide updates from our staff in Israel, Europe, and the Americas throughout the trip

If your teen is traveling to Israel with BBYO Passport, they will need to qualify for a Green Pass. This means they meet Israel’s current standard for COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, that standard is being fully vaccinated within 180 days of travel. If your teen was fully vaccinated more than 180 days prior to the BBYO Passport departure date, they will need a COVID-19 booster shot to enter Israel. All trip participants will need to take a PCR test upon arrival to Israel and will be required to take another test before leaving on their return flight. We will continue to update families on entry requirements as we receive more information. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this.

TEENS AND FAMILIES ARE ASKED TO:
  • Ensure their teen is COVID-19 vaccinated. Please review our immunization policy. Only participants who are fully vaccinated (including the COVID-19 booster shot), will be eligible to attend BBYO overnight programs, including all summer experiences.
  • Follow all onsite health guidelines, including, but not limited to, wearing a mask that fully covers the mouth and nose when requested, hand washing, and social distancing
  • Express concerns and questions directly to BBYO Passport staff when they arise to ensure there is no miscommunication
  • Be flexible before and during the trip, understanding that guidelines are continuously changing
  • Follow any additional safety-related rules or guidelines created in each country by the staff
  • Submit required documentation to BBYO Passport needed for the teen to enter the country. All documentation must be submitted on time.
  • Please verify that each participant’s passport is valid for at least six months after their final day of travel. There have been significant delays applying for or renewing passports, and delays in meeting a BBYO deadline for passport information may jeopardize a teen’s ability to travel with us
  • If you are a dual citizen with an Israeli Passport, please contact [email protected] to discuss this further
ADDITIONAL REMINDERS
  • BBYO has added a $80 COVID-19 program fee to cover additional health-related expenses
  • BBYO reserves the right to consolidate and/or cancel specific programs and/or program dates at its own discretion
  • Supervised flight details will start to become available in March
  • Participant forms will be available in the spring. An announcement will be sent to families when they become available
  • Medical forms are due by April 5, 2022

We could not be more excited for summer and are grateful for the continued trust of our families as we plan for a wonderful experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the BBYO Summer Team with any questions you may have. You can schedule a call or email us at [email protected].