Visas and Passports to Israel:
If you are a Canadian or US citizen, you do not need a visa to travel to Israel, but a passport valid for at least six months is required. Please note that if you have an Israeli passport, you must use your Israeli passport to enter and exit the country.
Upon entry to Israel, you will receive a B-2 slip at passport control (there is no longer any stamping of passports upon entry to Israel). It is imperative to hold on to and present this slip when checking in to every hotel. Without this slip you will be required to pay VAT (17% extra) at the hotel (upon check-in).
Currency and Exchange Rates:
The Israeli currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Each shekel is divided into 100 Agorot. The banknotes are in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 200 Shekels. Coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, and 10 Shekels, and 5, 10, and 50 Agorot. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns and are easily the best way to access cash conveniently.
Credit Cards, Apple Pay and Electronic Smart Phone Wallets are widely accepted and the preferred form of payment today.
It always makes sense to have some shekels in cash when visiting various markets and the Old City of Jerusalem.
Shops are open daily from Sunday to early Friday afternoon, and certain shops may re-open late on Saturdays, after dark, for a few hours.
Tel Aviv is always the exception when it comes to the weekend, and most cafés and restaurants are open for business all day.
Restaurants & Cafes:
Israel has experienced a real culinary boom over recent years, with a host of international restaurants opening in the cities – most notably in Tel Aviv.
Some of the restaurants are kosher, meaning they adhere to Jewish food laws regarding the way meat is handled by butchers, they keep certain foods off the menu (such as pork or shellfish) and both dairy and meat products are never available in the same establishment.
The majority of meals on offer at dairy restaurants will be suitable for vegetarian diners, although most meat restaurants will also have a fair selection of vegetarian dishes available. Having said this many of the trendier restaurants in the big cities, especially Tel Aviv, are non kosher, with a variety of options available.
Exchange Rates: http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/eng.shearim/index.php
Currency Converter Calculator: http://coinmill.com/ILS_calculator.html
-For a guide driving for up to 3 passengers – $80 per touring day in total
-For a guide driving 4-6 passengers – $100 per touring day in total
-For a group of 5-9 passengers with a separate driver: $110 per day for the guide – $60 per day for the driver
-For a group of 10 – 19 passengers: $15 per participant per day for the guide – $10 per participant per day for the driver
-For a group of 20 passengers and more: $15 per participant per day for the guide – $9 per participant per day for the driver
-In the case where a field coordinator/hostess is included in the package: $5 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $110 per day in total
-In the case where a security guard and/or a youth counselor is included: $2 per participant per day
Recommended restaurant tipping when meal is not included in the package: 15% is the norm for a satisfactory meal.
Electronic Appliances in Israel:
The electric current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, with a frequency of 50 Hertz.
Electrical items such as blow dryers, electric shavers, computers and other appliances may require adaptors or converters.
We recommend purchasing the necessary adaptors/converters prior to your departure.
The two types of plugs are shown below:
Emergency Phone Numbers:
Police: Dial 100
Ambulance: Dial 101
Fire Department: Dial 102
Israel’s Egged Bus Company offers frequent buses between cities and within cities.
For schedules and information, visit their website at: http://www.egged.co.il/Eng/
Israel also has a Railroad system that links major cities -For more information on routes and fares, please visit their website at: www.rail.co.il
The most widely used taxi app in Israel is called Gett Taxi. This app can be downloaded in the app store both inside and outside of Israel, and works in English, offering quick and efficient taxi service while in Israel.
Measurement and Weight:
Israel uses the metric system exclusively.
A kilogram equals 2.2 pounds and a kilometer is 0.62 miles.
Weather Forecasts and Average Temperatures:
For daily weather forecasts, click here: http://www.israelweather.co.il/english/week.asp