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Is it safe to travel in Israel?

Yes! Millions of people visit Israel every year and return safe, fulfilled, inspired, and happy. In spite of what you’ve read in the papers or seen on TV, Israel is a very safe place to visit. You are far more likely to run into trouble in any major U.S. city than anywhere in Israel. Behave in Israel the way you would in those cities. Be careful where you go at night and travel in groups when possible.

Do I need a passport to travel to Israel?

You’ll need a passport valid for at least six months from the date you enter Israel. United States citizens will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every port entrance terminal to Israel.

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to visit Israel, just a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months). Visitors are allowed to stay in the country for three months from date of arrival. However, visitors from most European countries, Mexico, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and many others countries do require visas. To check the requirements for other nationalities contact the Israeli Consulate in your area.

Do I need shots or immunizations?

No. Israel is a developed country with a level of health and hygiene equal to that of the United States. Visitors entering Israel are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival.

What is the weather like?

Israel has four seasons. The coast has humid summers and mild winters, the hill regions have dry summers and moderately cold winters, the Jordan Valley has hot dry summers and pleasant winters, and desert conditions exist in the Negev all year round.

In mid-summer, average temperatures during the day range from 83 degrees Fahrenheit in Jerusalem to over 100 degrees in the Dead Sea region. At night, temperatures rarely dip below the mid 60s.

In mid-winter, average temperatures during the day range from 54 degrees in Jerusalem to 69 degrees in the Dead Sea region. At night, temperatures can drop below 40 degrees.


 

What type of clothing should I pack?

In summer, lightweight T-shirts, sleeveless shirts, shorts, and a bathing suit jacket for nights in the mountains or the desert. In winter, bring long sleeve shirts, sweaters and a scarf, gloves, a warm coat, and a raincoat. Some religious sites require pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for women. If you’re traveling with a companion, pack one or two outfits in each other’s luggage, so if one bag is lost or delayed, you won’t need to hold up your trip. Bring comfortable shoes. Tours involve a lot of walking, and surfaces are not always even. You may want to bring a backpack for day trips and hikes. Also, don’t forget a canteen or water bottle and sun protection, including sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

What Currency is used in Israel?

The equivalent of the dollar is called the New Shekel (NIS). 1 New Shekel equals 100 agorot, Israel’s equivalent to pennies. Make sure to check the exchange rate before you go. Most businesses in Israel accept all major credit cards, and there are ATMs located in convenient locations.

What if I forget something?

You can purchase virtually anything you need during your stay, including clothing, cosmetics, and hygiene products.

Can I Rent a Car in Israel?

You can rent a car in all of Israel’s major cities and at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. It is recommended to reserve a car before you arrive. Renters are required to be over 21 years old and must have a valid international diver’s license and international credit card. Driving in Israel in on the right-hand side of the road, and most signage is written in three languages, Hebrew, English, and Arabic.

How can I get around?

Transportation within Israel is easy, reliable, and inexpensive. There are several options to get you from place to place quickly.

  • Bus: The most popular form of transportation in Israel, you can buy tickets at any city’s central bus station or from the driver. The Egged bus company offers routes between most of Israel’s major cities, and also local service within the larger cities and towns. Line 99 in Jerusalem, a London-style double-decker tour bus, allows passengers to hop on and off at all the major tourist sites around the city. Bus service in Tel Aviv is provided by the Dan bus company, and service in Beersheba and Nazareth is provided by smaller, private companies. Fares are reasonable, buses are comfortable and air-conditioned, and there is regular, frequent service, except on Shabbat (Friday afternoon- Saturday evening) and Jewish holidays.
  • Private Taxi: A more expensive option, taxis can be flagged down or ordered by phone almost anywhere, and they’ll take you around town or between cities. Drivers must charge by the meter within the city. The fares between cities are standard fares set by law. There is an additional charge for taxis reserved by phone and for each suitcase that is not hand luggage. Rates for evenings, Shabbat (Saturday) and Jewish holidays are 25% more than the normal fare. Always verify the fare with the driver before getting in the cab.
  • Shared Service Taxis (Sherut): These shared taxis leave from the central bus stations of larger cities and follow the same routes as the bus. Their prices are usually equal to or less than the bus fares. There are no set schedules, they leave when they are full. You can request a stop anywhere along the route.

What languages are spoken in Israel?

Although Hebrew and Arabic are Israel’s official languages, English is Israel’s adopted second language, spoken so extensively that even street signs are also in English. More languages can also be noticed, such as French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Hungarian and Italian.

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