What you should know about traveling to Israel.
Safety is one of the primary concerns of Holy Land Tours. Holy Land Tours takes wonderful care of our guests. We make safety a priority. Our tour guides are familiar with the areas and the cultures we travel to and through. We make it a point to travel to fun and informational places while avoiding areas that are a bit more dangerous.
We have been in business for several years and have never had any altercations during any of our tours. Israel is a safe place and our trips are safe as long as visitors follow the guidelines given. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
People without citizenship in Israel must have a passport valid for at least 6 months past entry date to get into the country. Below is a list of countries that recieve free tourist visas into every port in Israel:
Asia & Oceania: Australia, Fiji Islands, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea
Africa: Central African Republic, Losoto, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland
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.
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.
Israel is a developed country with all of the hygiene and health accomodations found in western countries. No special vacinations are needed to enter Israel. Israel has excellent health care facilities in the case of an illness or emergency in Israel.
It is perfectly safe to drink the tap water available in Israel. There is also plenty of bottled water and mineral water available throughout Israel. It is very important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Israel can get very warm and even hot during the day. Staying hydrated while exploring is essential.
Israel’s weather is seasonal. The temperatures vary depending on the time of year and the location you are visiting. In the winter months Israel is cooler, with average temperatures ranging from the 40′s to 60′s F. Spring and fall temperatures range from the 50′s to the 80′s F. Summer can get hot during the day, with temperatures ranging from the 80′s well into the 100′s F.
It is important to remember that it cools of at night and can get cold in the winter months and cool in the summer months. Coats may be necessary in the winter, and sweaters or sweatshirts in the summer months.
Western attire is acceptable in Israel. However, in certain areas conservative dress is recommended or necessary. In these areas shorts and tank tops are not allowed. Women are expected to wear pants, a longer skirt or a dress in these environments. It is always wise to dress in layers so that things can be removed and added as the temperatures change throughout the day. Depending on the activities of the day, you may be able to wear shorts and such. Check with your tour guide or check your itinerary to ensure the proper attire for the day.
Israel’s standard electric current is 220V AC, single phase, 50 hertz. Most places have 3 prong sockets, however, many can accommodate 2 prongs as well. Adapters may be needed for certain electrical devices from other countries. These adapters are readily available for purchase in Israel.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INFORMATION
Israel currently has 3 international airports and several domestic airports. Air travel into and out of Israel is made easy. Remember, Israel is a long flight from Western countries. The flight can be anywhere from 12 to 15 hours. Be prepared for the flight length. Check out our air travel blog for more information on airports and airlines traveling into Israel. We are a one stop travel stop, so if you need assistance booking your travel into and out of Israel, please contact us!
The current currency in the Holy Land is Israeli Shekel. Most stores and hotels also accept US dollars, as well as other foreign currencies. Cash and traveler’s checks are always recommended. Credit cards are also a good exchange media, and more often that expected, personal checks may be accepted. Money can be exchanged at banks, money changers, or hotels.
There are many modes of transportation available in Israel. We offer many bus and coach tours. We also offer assistance with car rental options. Keep in mind that an international driver’s license is necessary to drive a rented car in Israel. There are also several public transportation options including trains and buses. Contact us to set up all your transportation needs while in Israel.
Many cell phone carriers have international plans and your cell phone may work well in Israel. Check with your cell phone carrier to determine if you will have coverage in Israel, and if so, what your international rates are. Otherwise, you can rent or purchase phones reasonably in Israel for emergency contact purposes.
For more information on transporting merchandise and goods into and out of Israel, visit the Israel Tax Authority website.
TRAVELING WITH DISABILITIES
Many areas in Israel are equipped for people with disabilities. However, some of the religious and historical sites have not been modified for wheel chairs and walkers. If you have special needs and need specific accommodations, contact us and we can help. Most hotels, merchants and restaurants are handicap accessible.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO ISRAEL
Check with your airline to determine specific packing restrictions. Beyond those restrictions, pack for the weather. It is a good idea to plan on wearing layers. It is possible to get some laundry done by having it sent out from the hotel. However, this can get expensive. It is suggested that you plan on spot cleaning and hang drying clothing each day.
There are plenty of merchants that sell toiletries, hygiene products, and other necessities if you forget something at home. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and footwear that is appropriate for the predicted weather.
RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL INFORMATION
There are several religions practiced in Israel. Israel’s primary religion is Judaism. Several restaurants offer kosher menus or menu options. These restaurants typically display a kashrut certificate issued by the local rabbinate. If you wish to dine in kosher only restaurants, check with the restaurant in advance or check for this certificate.
The Jewish holiday of the week, known as Shabbat, takes place every Saturday. Many places throughout Israel are closed on Shabbat. However, many secular locations have a variety of shops and restaurants open. Most public transportation does not operate on Shabbat. If there is something specific you want to see or do on Shabbat, check in advance to see if the venue, event or location is open. We are happy to help you plan activities over Shabbat on your visit to Israel. Please contact us for more information.
TRAVELING TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
It is possible to travel between Israel, Egypt and Jordan. Visas are needed to travel from country to country. Check with each country regarding their policies and requirements or contact us for assistance.
BAPTISM/CHRISTIAN CEREMONIES IN ISRAEL
It is possible to have Christian ceremonies in Israel. We would be happy to help you plan and schedule your event. Baptism opportunities may be available at the Jordan River Baptismal site. Contact us for more information.