A Few Logistic Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Do I need a visa to travel to Israel ?
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it.
USA Citizens will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every port or entrance terminal to Israel.
Is it safe to travel to Israel?
Israel is an extremely safe country to visit and to tour. 2010 was the best year ever for tourism to Israel, and 2011 is on the way to breaking that record. In 2010, 3.5 million tourists came to Israel , and all went back home safe and sound. We would not encourage tourists to come if we felt they would be in the slightest danger.
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.
Currency / tips
US Currency is accepted in all tourist places. Local restaurants will require Israel currency of shekels. One stop where we will have the opportunity to purchase larger or more expensive items will accept credit cards. (Check with your credit card company as there may be fees involved for exchange rates).
Prepare your tips early for the driver and tour guide and set them aside in an envelope.
Also, tips are not included in the fixed price of the trip. Please tip your servers.
Phone / PC connections.
Most hotels will have Internet connections in a business office with computers available for use. Many restaurants will also have wi/fi available. If you have a smart phone, you can contact your carrier to enable international coverage if you wish, it is not required. Many smart phones will have the ability to utilize wi/fi only and not the cell phone portion.