In order to visit Israel one must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. Citizens of following countries do not need a pre-issued visa as they will be issued a tourist visa, free of charge, when entering Israel:
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany (Persons born after 1.1.28), Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Asia & Oceania:
Australia, Fiji Islands, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, The Philippines, South Korea
Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland
The Americas:
Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts & Nevis, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.
For more information regarding the need of a visa, please contact the Israeli consulate in your country.
Israel standard time: UTC + 2 hours
Israel Daylight Time: UTC+3 hours
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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.
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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. For information about this week's weather visit this link
220 volts AC, single phase, 50 cycles. Foreign appliances require adaptors for plugs. Most hotels have built-in adaptors and hairdryers.
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.
November - March:
Pack a warm raincoat with a zip-out lining. Layers work best.
All Year:
A comfortable pair of walking shoes or sneakers. For visits to the holy shrines and synagogues, modest dress is required.
It varies from one airline to anther. For exact details, please contact your airline.
Yes, and we will be happy to assist you in doing so. For more information visit
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Local customs

It is customary to give 15% gratuity. Some restaurants include the 15% gratuity directly on the bill.
Guide and driver:
It is customary to tip your guide and driver.
It is customary to tip taxi drivers. Please make sure to ask that the meter be turned on.
No shorts or sleeveless shirts and tops allowed.

Health and security

No. Israel is a modern, developed country with similar high standards regarding health and hygiene as other western countries.
Yes. You can drink tap water but you can also easily find mineral water everywhere.
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.

Did you know

  • Sabra


    Slang term that refers to any Israeli Jew born in the Land of Israel. This desert plant, known in English as prickly pear, has a thick skin that conceals a sweet, softer interior. The cactus is compared to Israeli Jews, who are supposedly tough on the outside, but delicate and sweet on the inside.

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