Traveling To Israel FAQ’s
1. Do I need a Visa when traveling to Israel?
American and Canadian citizens and most western countries need only a passport when visiting Israel. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you enter Israel. Additional information can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can also see the Tourist Visa Table provided by the Ministry.
2. Is it safe to travel to Israel?
The short answer is Yes! millions of visitors travel to Israel each year, amazed and inspired, in fact its far safer to visit Israel then any major city in the US. When visiting take the usual tourist precautions; don’t leave personal items unattended, use the safe deposit box at your hotels, be more mindful where you go at night, travel in groups and accompanied when possible.
If you are interested in traveling to areas under the Palestinian authority such as Bethlehem. You’ll need to carry your passport for exit and entering back to Israel. Crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem is direct, easy and no prior authorization is required. Hundreds of tourists make the crossing every day. As always, it’s important to consider the political situation before entering the Palestinian Authority. For more information about visiting areas outside the Israeli responsibility please contact the IDF Public Relations office.
3. Do I need special vaccines before traveling to Israel?
No. Israel is a developed western country with advanced healthcare, and advance level of hygiene to equal the best Western countries in the world. Tourist have no requirements for vaccination prior to traveling to Israel.
4. Is the water safe to drink?
Tap water in Israel is safe and delicious. You’ll also find bottle water everywhere. Some areas of Israel are very dry and hot, therefore it’s important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
5. Can I travel alone?
Yes! many of our clients have made life-long-friends during our tours and you’ll experience Israel in a group setting. Single travelers pay the single rate for the hotel accommodations. Please note we do not find another passenger to share a room.
6. Can I combine countries when traveling to Israel?
Absolutely! In fact we highly recommend you take advantage of the geographic location your traveling to and suggest you visit other middle east countries on our Israel, Jordan tour or our Egypt, Jordan, Israel tour which combine destinations. Many visitors to Israel also take day tours to Petra in Jordan. You can fly between Tel-Aviv and Amman, or travel overland through border crossings. Also note that Israel no longer stamps travelers’ passports, records are now kept electronically, therefore traveling after to countries that don’t recognize Israel will not be an issue.
7. How do I get there?
We have visitors from all over the world, call 800 933 4421 to find best available flights (rates, seats, departures, connections). There are over 80 airlines which operate flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). Let us help you find the perfect flights for you.
9. What is the weather like in Israel and when is the best time to visit?
Israel is considered a year-round-destination. The country is privileged with long warm, dry summers, and mild winters, and cooler weather in the hill regions like Jerusalem and Safed.
10. What should I wear?
For Summer, lightweight T shirts, sleeveless shirts, shorts, and a bathing suit are recommended. Pack a sweater or a jacket for nights in the mountains or the desert. In Winter, bring long sleeve shirts, sweaters and a scarf, gloves, a warm coat, and a raincoat and an umbrella. Some religious sites require long pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for women. Israel escorted tours require a lot of walking therefore bring comfortable shoes and sun protection including a hat, sun screen lotion, and sunglasses. You can also bring a backpack to help you carry day-to-day touring items you may need including bottled water and sun protection already mentioned.
11. What are the distances between major cities?
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem 37 miles, 50 minutes
Tel Aviv to Masada 63 miles, 90 minutes
Tel Aviv to Galilee/Tiberias 81 miles, 100 minutes
Tel Aviv to Haifa 90 miles, 70 minutes
Jerusalem to Tiberias 109 miles, 120 minutes
Jerusalem to Masada 56 miles, 90 minutes
12. What is the currency in Israel?
The Shekel; it’s abbreviated as NIS (New Israeli Shekel). We advice for you to check the exchange rate prior and or during your trip. You can use your ATM card to obtain Shekels at ATM’s throughout Israel. You can also use American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards at most Israeli hotels, restaurants and stores.
13. How connected will I be in Israel?
Most hotels in Israel offer Wi-Fi for guests for free and or customary price. Many cafes and restaurants provide complementary Wi-Fi service. Tel Aviv offers a citywide free Wi-Fi network which provides more then 80 free Internet “hot spots” across the city. For cellular phones if you have an international plan, your cell phone may work in Israel, please check with your local provider. There are also many options to rent a rent a phone when you arrive at any time during your visit. There are also some hotels such as the Leonardo hotels which offer free international calling. The country code to dial to Israel is + 972.
14. How do I get around in Israel?
While all transportation is included during our scheduled itineraries including transfers on arrival and departure. For those wanting to tour on leisure on their own, Israel has an exceptional system of highways, buses, trains and domestic flights.
Buses – The most popular form of transportation in Israel, you can purchase tickets at any city’s central bus station or from the driver. Please note that most buses don’t operate in Israel on Saturdays (Shabbat).
Train – The Israel Railways is an affordable easy way to travel between major cities in Israel. Please note that the trains don’t operate in Israel on Saturdays (Shabbat). For train schedules and fares, please visit the Israel Railways website.
Private Taxi – a more expensive option, taxis can be flagged down or ordered by phone almost anywhere, and they’ll take you around town or between cities.
Rent a car – International car rental chains have offices in Israel, and there are multiple Israel-based car rental companies. You can rent a car in all of Israel’s major cities and at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv however it’s recommended to reserve a car before arrival.
Where can I find information about accessibility?
Considerable efforts and resources have been invested in Israel to enable disabled persons to access any destination and to receive service equal to that received by the rest of the public.
To download the accessible Israel booklet, click here.
To download the old city Jerusalem accessible tour booklet, click here.
15. What language is spoken in Israel?
Hebrew and Arabic are the Israeli official languages, however many also speaks English. You’ll even find many street signs written in English so if all you know in Hebrew is “Shalom” for hello & goodbye, don’t be afraid to travel to Israel. You’ll get along just fine.