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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
For further information please visit the Ministry of Tourism website.
Diplomatic Representations
List of Consulates and Embassies of Israel abroad
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Taxis are common in Israel and ensure urban and interurban travel. It is common to give a tip to the driver. Shirouts (shared taxis with 7 to 10 seats) make interurban connections at a reasonable price. This is often the only means of transport available on Saturdays. The cost of a journey is similar to that of a bus trip. The city has a developed bus network. Train is less expensive than bus but much less developed.
Haifa has a metro (Carmelit) but the number of stations which it serves is less. It is thus an under-utilized mode of transport. Tel Aviv also has a metropolitan network. Shared or service taxis are the only means of public transport in the Palestinian Territories. The route presently possible is: Nahariya-Haifa-Tel Aviv-Beersheba. The Jerusalem - Tel Aviv line is closed for work.
Maps of Urban Networks
Train Plan
Plan of Carmelit of Haifa
Tel Aviv Bus Map

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Jerusalem - Atarot (JRS) 10 km / 6 miles Available Available - -
Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Intl (TLV) 19 km / 12 miles ILS 90-115 NIS 16 / 25-30 min USD 3 / 20 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Ben Gurion Airport is the main international airport. Eilat is served either by its own airport (for small or medium carriers), or by that of Aqaba in Jordan(for large carriers), but Jordanian authorities do not require special formalities. Internal air services in Israel are provided by the Arkia Company with well maintained aircrafts.
Buses serve the entire country and cheaply, but the service is interrupted on Saturdays and the days of Jewish festivals. The train though less developed than bus is however less expensive. A service is provided between Tel Aviv and Beersheba, Tel Aviv and Nahariya and Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Rail Companies
Israeli Railways

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
El Al Major yes Yes
Arkia low cost yes Yes
Sundor low cost yes Yes
Israir Airlines low cost yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The road network in Israel is very dense and in excellent state. The traffic can sometimes be dangerous. There are no particular problem with the fuel supply. The traffic signs are in Hebrew and English. Insurance necessary for passengers travelling in their personal car, is normally included in the rental. Joint reports possible. Police intervention in case of physical injury. Throughout the Palestinian Territories, the roads are good. Service stations are rare in some regions of the West Bank.
Road Maps
Israel road map
Find an Itinerary
CT Atlas

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Numerous historical sites: archeological, cultural heritage sites, etc.
Cultural
List of monuments referenced as world cultural heritage sites of UNESCO.
Various museums : to see the list of museums in Israel, click here.
Nature
You can go trekking into the wild: in the green hills and streams in the North, on the Mediterranean coast in the West, around the Dead sea (the lowest point of the planet), in the deserts, barren mountains and old volcanic craters in the South. The Israeli Company for protection of nature manages a number of natural reserves. For further information, visit their website.
Religious
3 main religions are widely represented by sites mainly in Jerusalem and around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). At Nazareth there are a number of religious monuments (Church of Nazarenes)
Thermal
There are a number of spas in Israel. The main spas are located at the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) and near the Dead Sea.
Beach
Several magnificent beaches all along the Mediterranean coast, Red Sea and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). Activities like swimming, surfing, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing are possible.
Winter Sports
It is possible to ski on the Mount Hermon.
Outdoor Activities
Trekking, Diving, Cycle Trekking, Golf, Waterskiing, Fishing, Mountain climbing.
Shopping
There are several commercial centers where you can do your shopping, like the Malha commercial center of Jerusalem. Picturesque markets, annual trade shows, street stalls or boutiques in the large cities shall allow you to bring back souvenirs For further information, visit the Tourism Office site.
Tourism Organizations
Israeli Tourism Office

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No requirement regarding vaccination for international travel. DT, Polio, Hepatitis A and B are advisable presently. Protect the passenger against diarrhea. Visitors are strongly advised to carry their general medicines. Water should be boiled, filtered or consumed in encapsulated bottles. Avoid walking barefoot on sand or wet/muddy ground. Be careful of insect bites during rural stays : mosquito nets, mosquito repellants are advisable.
International Hospitals
Israel has a public healthcare system that provides an universal coverage to its entire population via four health management organizations and a network of hospitals and doctor. In terms of  facilities, they are modern, reactive and use cost effective technologies and procedures.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Israel Travel guide
WHO Recommendations
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Warnings given by the American State Department
Advice of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 100
Ambulance 101
Fire Department 102
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Tel Aviv, Jerusalem (GMT+2 in winter, GMT+3 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The average temperatures in January are 13°C and in June 24°C. The temperatures are mild the whole year on the coasts. Summer lasts from April to October. Winters are cold in the mountain regions. The ideal period for visiting the country is from April to May.
For Further Information
Israeli Meteorological Service
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Israeli cuisine is very similar to the Middle East cuisine; it is also partly inspired by the Central European cuisine. The dishes are generally quite spicy.
Baba ghannoui eggplant caviar: eggplant puree in lime juice. Generally served in a plate or in a Ravier spread with small chopped onion and finely cut parsley as starter with pita bread.
Taratour: sesame sauce. Taratour is generally served with baked fish, vegetables pan fried vegetables. It is essential in preparation of chickpeas purée (hummus) or eggplant (baba ghannoui).
Other typical dishes are: Thina (sesame purée), Falafel (fried chickpea balls) and Shewarma (meat of turkey, calf or mutton in a pita).
Drinks
The beverages widely consumed in Israel are cola, beer, fruit juices and wine.
Dietary Restrictions
Pork is prohibited and the food should be kosher.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Israeli New Sheqel.
ISO Code
ILS
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Foreign currencies can be exchanged from banks, certain hotels and exchange bureaus. There are many exchange points in airports and city centers. You can also withdraw cash easily from ATM's which are numerous.
Possible Means of Payment
Settlement is generally made in cash, by check or credit card. Some vendors like to be paid in foreign currencies.

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Speaking

Official Language
In Israel the official languages are Hebrew and Arabic. The national language of Israeli is modern Hebrew, but since only 60% of the population was born in Israel, this language is not the mother tongue of nearly half of the population.
Other Languages Spoken
Israeli speak other languages like English, French, Russian, or Yiddish. English is considered as the main foreign language in Israel (main language for international communication), followed by French. Russian is the third important foreign language of the country. Finally, Yiddish is spoken by around 500,000 speakers. Moreover, a large number of other languages are spoken by the people originally from Latin America or Central Europe: Spanish, Rumanian, Hungarian, German, Polish, Persian, Amharic and Tigrinya
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
A little Hebrew vocabulary : Travelnet
Free Translation Tools
Hebrew French dictionary : Translation
list of Hebrew dictionaries : Translation of Hebrew into several languages
Lexilogos : Arabic-English-Arabic Dictionary

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Israeli Hotels Association
The Kibboutz chain of Israel
Kibboutzim

Camping Association
Israeli Youth Hostels Association
Israel Zimmer Association
National Tourism Office
To Find an Apartment
Israel Real Estate
Anglo-saxon real estate

Israelimmo
Immobilier.co.il
To Find a Job
Jobnet
Jobmaster
Jobs in Israel

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