Welcome to Israel

Passport Control & Visa

Upon arrival in Israel, visitors undergo a security check and are requested to present a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their departure as well as entry forms with their personal detail

Americans, Canadians and citizens of most western countries (including France) need just a passport to come to Israel: no visa is required.

Please keep the slip you receive from Passport Control upon entrance

Important note for tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries: It is recommended that you request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on your passport. You must notify the clerk of your request before your documents are stamped.

Currency

The State of Israel’s currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS).

1 Euro = 4.14 NIS

$1 = 3.49 NIS

Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is required when exchanging travelers’ checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission.

Holders of international credit cards can withdraw local or foreign currency at banks which accept their credit cards. There are Automated Teller Machines outside most banks.

Most banks are open from 8:30 am until 12 noon Sunday to Thursday, and 4–6pm on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Fridays and Jewish holiday eves, banks are open from 8:30 am until 12 noon. All banks are closed on Shabbat. Most of the large hotels have banks which often offer additional, more convenient hours.

 

Electricity

The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

The voltage in Israel is 220V, which is the same as Central Europe and different from North America (120V).

 

  

Weather

Average Weather in February:

Tel Aviv – temperatures are around 50°F/10C

Jerusalem- temperatures around  41°F/5C

Dead Sea – temperatures around 64F/18C

                                                                                                                                        

 

Your Arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport

Ben Gurion airport is located at around 15 km from Tel Aviv

Arrival at Terminal 3