What is the time difference?
Israel standard time: UTC + 2 hours (10 hours ahead of PST USA)
What currency is used in Israel?
The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is the country’s legal tender. You may bring an unlimited amount of foreign currency into the country. You can pay in dollars almost everywhere, but exchange rates vary. Most places accept travelers checks and major credit cards which exempt tourists from the Value Added Tax (V.A.T) with the completion of the proper forms. Debit and ATM cards are not accepted.
What is the weather like in Israel?
Israel enjoys temperate weather most of the year. Between April and October it is usually sunny, warm and dry, and from November to March it is cooler with occasional rain in the north and the center of the country.
Which electrical current is used in Israel?
220 volts AC, single phase, 50 cycles. Foreign appliances require adaptors for plugs. Most hotels have built-in adaptors and hairdryers.
What should I pack?
Israel is a casual country. April – October: Very light and comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat are essential. A light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings is recommended. A comfortable pair of walking shoes or sneakers. For visits to the holy shrines and synagogues, modest dress is required.
How should I dress in order to visit the holy sites?
No shorts or sleeveless shirts and tops allowed. Clothes have to cover the knees and shoulders.
How much baggage can I take?
Just one suitcase and one overnight bag.
Do I need any vaccines before traveling to Israel?
No. Israel is a modern, developed country with similar high standards regarding health and hygiene as other western countries.
Can I drink Israel’s tap water?
Yes. You can drink tap water but you can also easily find mineral water everywhere.
Is it safe to visit Israel?
Israel is a safe destination and offers outstanding hotels, restaurants, historical sites and recreational facilities. We will work together to assure that you have an enjoyable trip and we will never let you travel unless it is safe. The government of Israel takes enormous precautions to protect both its citizens and its visitors. Israel is definitely a lot safer than most large cities in the USA and Europe.