Reconfirm your flights at least 72 hours prior to departure.
If you are traveling with children, check with your air agent
to see if the airline has children’s meals available.

While you may use travelers’ checks in Israel, the rates are low.
Credit cards are widely accepted at most stores, restaurants and
at many tourist sites. In addition it is recommend that you bring a
few personal checks as well as cash. Shekels can be obtained
from ATM machines in the major cities with your PIN number.

The NIS – New Israeli Shekel (or simply shekel) operates on the
decimal system. Check local newspapers for the average rate of
exchange. American currency happily accepted in most places,
but confirm the exchange rate used. There are 100 agurot to
the shekel.

Each bank has different hours of operation. Bring your passport,
many banks have separate lines for foreign currency exchange.
Don’t be shy to ask where to go. The rate of exchange varies
from day to day.

Credit Cards
All major credit cards are accepted.

Check to see exactly what your travel insurance covers.
Does it include health and baggage?

Leave a copy of your program along with hotel telephone
and fax numbers with family members.

You are allowed two suitcases per person, each weighing up to
70 lbs. If you plan on stopping over in Europe you are limited to
44 lbs. per person. You may carry one piece of luggage.
Do not leave luggage unattended at airports.

It is recommend having a copy of your prescriptions along with you.

Pack lightly, especially in the summer time. If you are traveling in
the winter, do bring a winter jacket, rain gear, sweater and umbrella.

Double check that your passport is valid for at least six months
beyond the scheduled return date of your trip. Make a photocopy
of your passport and carry it separately from your originals.

Car Rental

There are numerous companies today. There is a drop-off charge
at the International Airport. Cars tend to be small. If you are more
than four people you will probably need a van.

Cell Phones
Mobile telephones are widely used throughout Israel. There are three
providers of service. Coverage is generally good. You can rent one
on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport or via the concierge at major hotels
in the large cities. It is illegal to drive while holding a cellular phone.

Driving in Israel can be a challenge. Speed limits are in kilometers,
Seat belts must be worn in front and in back at all times. Children
under the age of 12 are not allowed in the front seat unless they
are infants in a safety seat. Driving is on the right.

Drink plenty of fluids so that you don’t dehydrate. Alcohol is not
recommended in high temperature zones in mid-day.
Minimum drinking age for alcohol is 18.

Entering Israel
You’ll receive an AL-17 form upon entry. Save it until departure.

Health Insurance
Make sure that you have health insurance coverage. Your hotel
concierge can connect you with the house doctor. Or, private
emergency rooms now operate in the major cities.

It is not recommended.

Stamps are available at post offices or at hotel newspaper stands.

Private Tours
Unless you are coming on a pre-arranged guided tour, one of the
best ways to see all that you want to see of Israel is to have a
professional tour guide put together a custom touring package
just for you – it is cheaper than you might think and a wonderful
experience is guaranteed.

While walking about the large cities, keep your wallet in your front
pocket and your purse close by.

You and your bags may often be checked by security guards at public
buildings such as shopping malls. Be cooperative – it is for your safety
too. Do not leave your bag unattended – anywhere.

Tipping is accepted practice to tip hotel staff, your tour guide and
tour bus driver. It is not necessary to tip cab drivers or barbers.
As to restaurants check the bill to see if “service included”.
If not, 10 – 15% is a good bet.