Israel Travel Guide

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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. 

Also, when entering Israel, you will receive an AL-17 form. Save this form until your departure. 



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.



Helpful Links

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:

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Emergency Phone Numbers

Police: Dial 100
Ambulance:      Dial 101
Fire Department:     Dial 102

 

Transportation

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:

Month

City 

 Jan Feb Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
 Jerusalem  43-53 44-57  47-61  53-69  60-77  63-81  66-84  66-86  65-82  60-78  54-67  47-56 
 Dead Sea  53-68 56-72  61-78  68-85  75-93  80-99  83-102  83-101  81-96  75-90  65-80  56-71 
 Tel Aviv  49-65 48-66  51-69  54-72  63-77  67-83  70-86  72-86  69-89  59-83  54-76  47-66 
 Eilat 49-70  51-73  56-79  63-87  69-95  75-99  77-103  79-104  75-98  69-92  61-83  51-74 
 Tiberias 48-65  49-67  51-72  56-80  62-89  68-95  73-98  75-99  71-95  65-89  59-78  53-68 
 Haifa 49-63  47-64  47-70  55-78  58-76  64-82  68-86  70-86  68-85  60-82  56-74  48-65 

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.

 

Weather forecast for Tel Aviv
Tuesday

Mostly Sunny

Max  32°C
Min  22°C
Wednesday

Sunny

Max  30°C
Min  22°C
Thursday

Partially cloudy

Max  29°C
Min  22°C
Friday

Sunny

Max  31°C
Min  22°C
Saturday

Sunny

Max  31°C
Min  22°C
 
Weather Today in Tel Aviv