Visas and Passports to Israel
If you are a Canadian or US citizen, you do not need a visa to travel to Israel, but a passport valid for at least six months is required. Please note that if you have an Israeli passport, you must use your Israeli passport to enter and exit the country.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The Israeli currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Each shekel is divided into 100 Agorot. The banknotes are in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 200 Shekels. Coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, and 10 Shekels, and 5, 10, and 50 Agorot. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns and are easily the best way to access funds conveniently. Traveler's checks are NOT widely accepted in Israel, yet if you feel compelled to bring them, you can exchange the traveler's checks (and cash) commission-free at post offices. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any banks and at many hotels. Most banks' operating hours are: Sunday through Thursday from 08:30am - 12:00pm and from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Exchange Rates: http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/eng.shearim/index.php
Currency Converter Calculator: http://coinmill.com/ILS_calculator.html
Electronic Appliances in Israel
The electric current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, with a frequency of 50 Hertz. Electrical items such as blow dryers, electric shavers, computers and other appliances may require adaptors or converters. We recommend purchasing the necessary adaptors/converters prior to your departure.
The two types of plugs are shown below:
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police: Dial 100
Ambulance: Dial 101
Fire Department: Dial 102
Israel's Egged Bus Company offers frequent buses between cities and within cities. For schedules and information, visit their website at: http://www.egged.co.il/Eng/
Israel also has a Railroad system that links major cities. For more information on routes and fares, visit their website at: http://www.israrail.org.il/english/index.html
Taxis run in all cities and are always available, even on Shabbat. To reserve a group taxi (sherut) by phone, call 02-623 1231 or 02-625 7227 / 3233 / 5332
Weather Forecasts and Average Temperatures
Read below for the average temperatures, in Fahrenheit, for the following cities in Israel:
For daily weather forecasts, click here: http://www.israelweather.co.il/english/week.asp
Measurement and Weight
Israel uses the metric system exclusively. A kilogram equals 2.2 pounds and a kilometer is 0.62 miles.