Yes. Judging by the number of tourists who visited Israel in 2015, 3.1 million, Israel is a very safe country to visit.
No. No visa is required for Americans, Canadians and citizens of most Western countries. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry. For more information please go to http://www.mfa.gov.il
You can visit Israel at any time of the year as the winters and summers are on average quite mild. For winter you will need long sleeved shirts, good boots or shoes, sweaters, gloves, a hat, a warm coat, a raincoat and umbrella. Remember that the elevated cities such as Jerusalem and Safed sometimes get snowed under. For summer, which is long, dry or humid with no rain, you will need sun screen, a hat, sunglasses, T shirts, sandals, shorts, a bathing suit and light weight clothes.
The Shekel, also called NIS (new Israel shekel, 100 agorot to each shekel). Bank notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200 coins are in denominations of NIS10, 5, 2 1 and 50 and 10 agorot. Foreign currency can be changed at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities and the rate varies. Banks are open between 08:30-12 noon Sunday through Thursday. A passport is required when changing traveler’s checks. Please find official exchange rates at the Bank of Israel website http://www.boi.org.il
Your ATM card can be used at ATMs throughout Israel. AmEx, Mastercard and Visa cards are acceptable at most hotels, restaurants and stores.
Yes. However, bottled water is available at every stop. During the warm weather remember to drink water often.
The electric current in Israel is 220 volts, C, single phase, 50 hertz and is the same as in Europe. Most Israeli sockets are three-pronged and will accept most European two-pronged plugs. In any other case, you will need an adaptor. Most hotels will supply you with an adaptor or you can purchase one in the relevant store.
Israel charges 17% VAT. It is often included in the price. It is waived for tourists at hotels, tour companies and car rental agencies. You can receive a VAT refund when leaving the country as long as you fill out the relevant form at the time of the purchase. Please ask the hotel for details.
In restaurants if the bill does not include service, a 12% tip can be added. In hotels the bellhop and other service providers can be tipped. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped.
You can bargain in open air markets but not in stores or restaurants.
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