I have been to Israel before, am I still eligible?
It depends. Birthright Israel strongly believes in the value of the peer trip experience. Therefore, if you have been to Israel before but only with your family or on other personal business, you are still eligible.
However, if you have been to Israel as part of a touring group, educational program, study program or an organized extended residential program when you were 18 years of age or older, or have been to Israel for approximately three months or longer* since the age of 12, you are not eligible.
There are a few other programs such as Volunteer programs like Magen David Adom, participation in the Maccabiah games and Federation P2K programs, that do not affect your eligibility.
If you were born in Israel or are an Israeli citizen you are only eligible if you left Israel before the age of 12. If you have served in the Israeli Army or volunteered on an Israel Army base after the age of 18, you are not eligible.
*Inclusive of when, during the approximate three month time period, travel outside of Israel occurred.