Israel/Palestine Travel Conditions, Travel Warning & Travel Insurance
Seminars International, Inc. has recently arranged and operated travel programs to Israel/Palestine and is in regular communication with the U.S. Department of State and our in-country partners for current updates. Israel, the West Bank and Gaza have been under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning since October of 2000. Be assured we are constantly monitoring the conditions.
The current travel warning, updated December 16, 2015, is available at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/ english/alertswarnings/israel-travel-warning.html.
If the conditions for travel would change and the U.S. Department of State updates its warning informing U.S. citizens that travel to Israel/Palestine should be deferred or Seminars International has information that safe travel would be compromised, the tour would be adjusted, postponed or cancelled depending on the circumstances. This itinerary does not include any visits to the Gaza Strip and has been planned with every safety measure in mind from its inception. If any safety concerns would develop during your time in Israel/Palestine, adjustments will be made to the itinerary to avoid any areas that could be considered unsafe.
All participants must read the travel warning and agree to the travel warning release waiver found on the online enrollment form.
Financial risk should tour cancel: If any political/civil unrest would change the travel conditions and Seminars International, Inc. and the tour leadership has information the group could be in danger, the tour will be adjusted, postponed or possibly canceled. In the case of the program being cancelled for this reason, all in-country land costs associated with the tour will be refunded to each participant less a $200 administrative fee. Depending on the specifics of the situation, the airline may or may not reimburse each participant for their airline ticket. If the airline cancels flights, then the airfare is reimbursed. If flights are not cancelled and Seminars International and tour leadership, cancels the program due to a change in travel conditions, there is a risk the airline will not refund the airfare but allow you to use the value towards other flights within a 12 month period of time. There is no guarantee about the airline refund policy as it depends on the specifics of the situation and decisions made at the time. The airfare for this program is approximately $1,370 per ticket including taxes and fuel surcharges. Please be advised of this financial risk. For those purchasing your own airline tickets, be aware the tour could be altered, postponed or cancelled due to a change in travel conditions and you would be responsible for requesting a refund or changing your own airline ticket.
Travel insurance: Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) group insurance included in program cost covers evacuation and major medical as described under the Statement of Conditions. Comprehensive travel cancellation insurance and coverage for preexisting medical conditions is not included. Travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended for health situations that may prevent you from traveling or interrupt your travels. Seminars International recommends Travel Guard as a reliable provider of travel cancellation insurance. You may access information on insurance coverage options and premium costs using this link to Travel Guard and completing a simple worksheet with your own personal details. For specific questions about coverage, call Travel Guard at 800-826-4919 and use agency referral number 14847980 for Seminars International. When purchasing travel insurance, carefully and thoroughly read the coverage to ensure it meets your individual needs. Purchasing travel insurance within 15 days of enrollment may waive preexisting medical conditions.
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