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"Fast Facts" (Travel Tips) For Missions to Israel

What to Pack

Dress is generally informal. We suggest that you bring comfortable, easily laundered clothing. such as a pair of slacks and/or khakis. Women should bring a skirt for Shabbat. A sports jacket is optional for the men. Comfortable walking shoes, sweater or light jacket are needed, as Jerusalem can get chilly at night. Expensive jewelry, electronics and other valuables should be kept to a minimum. If you bring any of these items, please pack them, your passport and a sufficient supply of any prescription medications you are taking, in your carry-on luggage. Once in Israel, we suggest placing your valuables in the hotel safe and carrying your passport, camera and cash/credit cards with you at all times. Also, please consult your airline carrier’s website for updated restrictions on liquids permitted in carry-on luggage.

Passport and Visa

You will need a signed US Passport for travel to Israel, valid for at least 6 months after the return date to the U.S. Please carry it with you. Do not pack it in your luggage. Consult your local US Passport office if you have any questions about the validity of your passport or if you must renew your current one. If you are not a US citizen, please contact the Israeli Consulate for the most up to date entry requirements.

US citizens need not apply for a visa before leaving for Israel: they will be given this visa upon their arrival in Israel free of charge. Anyone traveling to other countries requiring visas should check with the appropriate Consulates directly for applications forms and information on how to process the application.

Money

The shekel (NIS - New Israeli Shekel) is Israel's legal tender; you can change money at the airport. Many stores and hotels will gladly accept your dollars, and may give you a discount when you pay in dollars. Bring a lot of small bills. In Israel, singles and fives are easy to change. Credit cards are widely accepted. Your bank ATM card is also accepted at many Israeli bank ATMs. You do not need to change a lot of money into shekels. American money is accepted almost everywhere.

Weather
Cities:   Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jerusalem C F 6-11 43-53 7-14 44-57 8-16 44-61 12-21 53-69 15-25 60-77 17-27 63-81 19-29 66-84 19-29 66-86 18-28 65-82 16-26 60-78 12-19 54-67 8-14 47-56
Tel Aviv Netanya Herzliya CF 9-18 49-65 9-19 48-66 10-20 51-69 12-22 54-72 17-25 63-77 19-28 67-83 21-30 70-86 22-30 72-86 20-31 69-89 15-28 59-83 12-25 54-76 9-19 47-66
Haifa C F 8-17 46-63 9-18 47-64 8-21 47-70 13-26 55-78 15-25 58-76 18-28 64-82 20-30 68-86 21-30 70-86 20-30 68-85 16-27 60-81 13-23 56-74 9-18 48-65
Tiberias C F 9-18 48-65 9-20 49-67 11-22 51-72 13-27 56-80 17-32 62-89 20-35 68-95 23-37 73-98 24-37 75-99 22-35 71-95 19-32 65-89 15-26 59-78 11-20 53-68
Eilat C F 10-21 49-70 11-23 51-73 13-26 56-79 17-31 63-87 21-35 69-95 24-37 75-99 25-40 77-103 26-40 79-104 24-36 75-98 20-33 69-92 16-28 61-83 11-23 51-74
Dead Sea C F 11-20 53-68 13-22 56-72 16-25 61-78 20-29 68-85 24-34 75-93 27-37 80-99 28-38 83-102 29-38 83-101 27-36 81-96 24-32 75-90 18-26 65-80 13-21 56-71

Source: http://www.inisrael.com

Electrical Appliances

The electrical current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 cycles. If you are taking electric shavers, hair blowers, irons or other electrical appliances, we advise that you bring a small converter kit (most local hardware stores carry them). In some instances, the hotels have a limited number of adapters available; however, availability of these adapters cannot be guaranteed.

Health Regulations

No special health regulations are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Israel. Of course, we recommend that you take every precaution to safeguard your health while you are abroad and that you see your physician prior to your departure if you have any medical problems.

Medicines and other medical supplies should be carefully labeled and stored with your carry-on luggage. It is suggested that you bring a second pair of prescription eye glasses/contact lenses. Also, as mentioned above, bring all prescriptions with you in case you need a refill for any reason.

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