FAQ

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Welcome to our FAQ’s page where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions.

  • 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.

    Citizens of the following countries will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every port or entrance terminal to Israel:

    Europe: 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, Philippines, South Korea
    Africa: Central African Republic, Losoto, 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.

  • Electricity

    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.

  • 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 enteringIsrael are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival.

    For more information, visit this page.

  • Is it safe to travel to Israel?

    Israel is an extremely safe country to visit and to tour. In 2009, three million tourists came to Israel, an all-time record, and all three million 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 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.

    As regarding the rest of the Palestinian areas, it is recommended to forward requests to the IDF Public Relations Office, Fax: +972-2-5305724.  All requests should include:  Name, passport nationality and number, destination, name of departure into Palestinian Area Crossing if known; if crossing is by car – name and details of driver as well as car registration number.  Fax replies will only be sent to Israeli tel./fax numbers.

  • 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.

  • Is it possible to travel to Jordan or Egypt from Israel?

    Yes. You can travel between Israel, Jordan and Egypt. You should check with the relevant embassies if you need a visa to these countries

  • Weather

    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.

    For a table of average annual temperatures, click here.

    To find out the weather in Israel now, visit this link.