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Frequently Asked Questions

SAFETY

Is it safe to travel to Israel ?

No place in the world is 100% safe but Israel is a relatively safe country to travel in. In the past few years the security situation in Israel has been increasingly calm since the end of the Intifada. As a result, tourism to Israel has been growing steadily and last year alone approximately 2 million tourists visited the country.

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.

For more information, visit this page .

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.

For a table of average annual temperatures, click here .

To find out the weather in Israel now, visit this link .

GETTING THERE

Read about traveling by air, sea and land here .

Which airlines fly to Israel ?

Find out more information here .

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 .

CUSTOMS

What are the laws for bringing valuable items to Israel ?

Please read the information here , or visit the Israeli Customs and VATwebsite .

What are the regulations regarding bringing pets into Israel ?

Israeli Requirements for arriving pets can be found here .