TRAVELLING TO ISRAEL
Israel's main international airport is Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport, which is located approximately 12 kilometres from central Tel Aviv. It acts as a hub for Israel's three main international airlines, El Al, Arkia Israel Airlines and Israir. Most major American and European carriers have flights to Tel-Aviv.
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they are departing the country.
You are not required to have your passport stamped on entering or exiting the country, but you must notify the passport officer of your request before your documents are stamped.
Visitors are entitled to remain in Israel up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them.
Many countries have a Visa Waiver Programme with Israel which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a visa arranged in advance. All Visa Waiver Programme travellers must present a machine-readable passport at the port of entry. Information about whether you are eligible for entry under the Visa Waiver Programme can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website by CLICKING HERE
March is one of the most comfortable times to visit Israel. Temperatures begin to warm up, and there is a high number of sunny but crisp days. Tel Aviv is pleasant, with temperatures averaging between 15 and 23 degrees Celsius, and Jerusalem is just a few degrees cooler. Humidity is low to moderate and rain is possible, but infrequent.
Visitors to Jerusalem and the more mountainous areas in the north will experience lower temperatures than the Tel Aviv area, while visitors touring the south can expect substantially higher temperatures during the daylight hours.
CURRENCY AND BANKING SERVICES
The shekel is the main currency in circulation in Israel. Most foreign currencies and travellers' checks can be exchanged at banks, hotels and the airport. International credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners can be used at hotels, restaurants and large shops. Shekels can be withdrawn from automatic teller machines using major credit cards.
SERVICE CHARGES AND TIPS
It is customary to leave a 15 percent tip at restaurants.
If you require a doctor, contact the hotel's reception. In the event of an emergency, please dial 100 or 101.
Smoking is banned in most public places.
The voltage in Israel is 220V, 50 Hertz. The electric outlets used are type H and Type C. Type H is a uniquely Israeli three-pronged standard, but most modern type H outlets can also accept type C European two-pronged plugs.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Your hotels will have free wi-fi, and we provide free wi-fi at Beit Berl College.
If you wish to make regular calls from your cellphone during your stay, you can buy a SIM card at Ben Gurion Airport Arrivals Hall (Terminal 3).