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Israel Past & Present... The traveler to Israel walks through history: from windswept crusader castles to ports where seamen, pilgrims and famous travelers spent some time and then moved on; from desert landscapes that were home to traveling tribes, half forgotten armies and merchants in camel caravans, to sheikhs’ tombs with whitened domes, silent monasteries and ancient synagogues decorated with colorful mosaics.

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VISA

 

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it.

 

Citizens of the following countries will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every port or entrance terminal to Israel:


Europe
: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany (Persons born after 1.1.28), Gibraltar,Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Asia & Oceania: Australia, Fiji Islands, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea
Africa: Central African Republic, Losoto, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland
The Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts, & Nevis, Surinam, Trinidad, & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.

 
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SAFETY

 

Is it safe to travel to Israel?

 

Israel is an extremely safe country to visit and to tour. In 2008, three million tourists came to Israel, an all-time record, and all three million went  back home safe and sound. We would not encourage tourists to come if we felt they would be in the slightest danger. 

Are tourists allowed to enter areas outside of the Israeli responsibility (Palestinian areas)?

Passage to the two major tourist cities of Bethlehem and Jericho in the Palestinian Authority is direct without prior clearance or required authorization. 

 

As regarding the rest of the Palestinian areas, it is recommended to forward requests to the IDF Public Relations Office, Fax:  +972-2-5305724.  All requests should include:  Name, passport nationality and number, destination, name of departure into Palestinian Area Crossing if known; if crossing is by car – name and details of driver as well as car registration number.  Fax replies will only be sent to Israeli tel./fax numbers.

 

TRAVELING TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES

 

Is it possible to travel to Jordan or Egypt from Israel?

Yes. You can travel between Israel, Jordan and Egypt. You should check with the relevant embassies if you need a visa to these countries

 

HEALTH                 

 

Do I need to receive any special vaccination before my trip to Israel?

Israel is a modern, developed country with levels of health and hygiene equal to those of Western countries.  Visitors entering Israel are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival.

 

Can you drink tap water in Israel?

You can drink tap water. But, you will also find mineral water everywhere. It is important to make sure you drink a lot, especially when out walking and on hot days.

 

ELECTRICITY

 

The electric current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 Hertz. Most Israeli sockets are of the three-pronged variety but many can accept some European two-pronged plugs as well. Electric shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may require adapters and/or transformers, which can be purchased in Israel.

 

WEATHER

 

Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall is relatively heavy in the north and center of the country, with much less in the northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the southern areas.

 

Regional conditions vary considerably, with humid summers and mild winters on the coast; dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hill regions; hot dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley; and year-round semi-desert conditions in the Negev.

 

Weather extremes range from occasional winter snowfall in the mountain regions to periodic oppressively hot dry winds that send temperatures soaring, particularly in spring and autumn.

 

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 GETTING THERE

 

Read about traveling by air, sea and land here.

 

Which airlines fly to Israel?

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What is the exchange rate of the Shekel?

Exchange rates of the Shekel to all foreign currencies as well as other information can be found here.

 

RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS

 

Are all the restaurants in Israel kosher?

Places offering kosher food usually display a kashrut certificate granted to them by the local rabbinate. Most hotels serve kosher food, as well as some restaurants. But there is no binding law. So if kashrut is important to you, you must check it out at each separate place where you dine.

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Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

Shabbat, or Saturday, is the Jewish holy day of the week. Shabbat starts on Friday afternoon/evening and ends on Saturday evening. All public offices in Israel are closed on Shabbat, as are most private businesses such as stores. In most cities, public transportation (trains and buses) does not operate. In mainly secular cities, like Tel Aviv, a lot of the restaurants and cafes are open but throughout the country many restaurants are closed. It is recommended to check in advance if you are planning on visiting a specific location.Radio and TV broadcasts operate as usual.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

For schedules and fares of buses in Israel, please visit the Egged website.

 

For train schedules and fares, please visit the Israel Railways website.

 

For information about all domestic and international flights, please visit the Israel Airport Authority website.

 

Do I need an international driving license?

If you wish to drive a car in Israel, you must hold a valid international driver’s license.

For information about car rental, visit this page.

 

 COMMUNICATIONS

 

Can I rent a cellular phone in Israel?

Yes. You may do so already upon your arrival in Israel. 

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