IMPORTANT Travel Requirements for Israel
- Passport: all people who travel to Israel require a passport valid for at least six months from the date of your return ticket
- Visa: to find out if you require a visa for travel to Israel, please click here
- Health and luggage insurance: please organize your travel insurance independently
- Passport Control: Please be prepared for questions upon arrival into Israel. It is helpful to take business cards with you to validate who you are and your reason for visiting Israel. If you have more than one passport it is advisable to take both. If you do not want a stamp in your passport, you will need to say immediately at passport control that you do not wish to have one. Instead your visa stamp will go on to a piece of paper. However, this may mean that you are asked more questions.
Dress code for the gala event and cocktail at the Knesset is formal.
Dress code for all other events is smart casual.
As Israeli society is ultra-casual and informal in mentality, this laidback outlook also applies to its attire. Possibly attributed to the constant heat of Israel or adopting a lax dress code just for the sake of pure convenience, casual attire is what you’ll see suitable for most Israeli settings.
When touring in Israel you might visit various holy sites. Please note that when entering these sites men will probably be expected to wear long trousers whereas women will often be required to cover both their arms and legs.
Israel has pleasant spring weather at this time of the year with temperatures between 26⁰C – 30⁰C (79- 85⁰F). Evenings can still be cool, especially in Jerusalem, so you are advised to bring a light jacket or sweater.
The Israeli new shekel (a.k.a. NIS or ILS) is the currency of the State of Israel. The shekel consists of 100 agorot (single agora). Bank notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200; coins are in denominations of NIS10, NIS5, NIS2, NIS1 and 50 and 10 agorot.
Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is required when exchanging traveler’s checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission.
For more information including the current exchange rate, visit the Bank of Israel site at: www.boi.org.il/en
The electric current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 Hertz. Most Israeli sockets are of the three-pronged variety, but many are also compatible with European two-pronged plugs.