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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.

You will want to bring enough cash in US dollars or in Shekels for the first few days for lunches, snacks, etc.

Good website for checking the currency exchange rate:

http://www.xe.com/ucc/

For most of our tours, you will need $10-$15 a day for lunch in addition to whatever money for gifts etc. you would like to purchase.

Important: Some credit cards charge higher fees than others for use overseas, ask your company what they charge. Also, let your credit card and bank card carriers know that you will be in Israel. Often, if they see unexpected charges outside your country, they will first assume the card has been stolen and deny the charges.