Did you know?
- Israel is only 0.0016 percent of the total size of the Middle East
- "Ben Gurion" airport is considered the most secure airport in the world
- Israel has more museums per person than any other country in the world
- The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the entire planet
- Eilat has the largest concentration of migratory birds in the world
- Tel Aviv is the largest center of Bauhaus architecture in the world
- Jerusalem is home to more than 2000 archeological sites
- More than half of the Western Wall is located under street level in Jerusalem
- Haifa is the center of the Baha'i religion
All visitors to Israel must have a valid Passport for at least six months as of the date of entering the country.
Many countries have a Visa Exemption Program with Israel which allows their citizens to enter Israel without a previous visa application.
Travel insurance covering illness or hospitalization is recommended.
Winter in Israel is relatively comfortable and offers varied activity options. While it’s possible to enjoy snow, skiing and the scenery at Mount Hermon (sometimes it also snows in the Galilee and in Jerusalem), the southern port of Eilat is the perfect destination to escape cold weather, sunbathe and to do some duty free shopping.
Israel is hot in the summer, with average temperatures of more than 30º and close to 40º C in the South and in Galilee. Some places, like Tel Aviv, Haifa and Tiberias are more humid, and others like Jerusalem, Eilat and the Dead Sea are dry. The hottest months are June and in particular, July and August. Using sun block products and drinking plenty of liquids during this season is highly recommended.
Money and currency
Most kinds of foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, hotels and authorized exchange agencies. The exchange rate may differ from one to the other. Also, most credit cards are accepted and many ATMs allow for withdrawal of foreign and local currency.
In the Jewish calendar, each day begins at sundown and ends in the evening of the following day.
During some Jewish holidays activities close down, while on others, everything remains open as if it was a regular weekday. During the Succoth and Passover holidays, both of which last a week, the majority of public and educational entities work half days or are closed. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), which is the holiest day in Jewish religion, is the only day in which, except for emergency services, the entire country is closed down, converting the city streets into pedestrian walkways.
A time change takes place in Israel twice every year, once in the summer and once in winter. In summer, time is GMT + 3, and in winter it is GMT + 2.
Emergency phone numbers
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