Israel Travel Guide: Essential Tips for a Memorable and Stress-Free Journey to the Holy Land

Do You Need a Visa to Travel to Israel?

Great news for citizens of the United States, Canada, and almost all Western countries: you only need a passport to visit Israel! Just ensure that your passport remains valid for at least six months beyond your entry date. For more information, consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or their Tourist Visa Table.

Is Israel Safe to Visit?

Absolutely! Over 2 million tourists visit Israel annually, with more than 90 airlines connecting the country to the world. This wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t safe. In fact, visiting Israel is statistically safer than visiting any large metropolitan city in the United States.

As with any destination, exercise the usual tourist precautions. Keep your personal belongings secure, use your hotel’s safe deposit box, and be extra cautious in crowded areas like markets. Whenever possible, travel in groups and stay accompanied.

Is Israel Safe at Night?

Indeed, it is! Israelis love to have fun, and the cities are well-lit with major restaurants staying open late. Tel Aviv, one of Israel’s biggest cities, is even known as the “all-night” city. Jerusalem, too, looks stunning at night, with its lit-up, glowing monuments.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Israel?

Israel, with its pleasant climate, is a year-round destination. The country enjoys long, warm, dry summers and mild winters, while hilly regions like Jerusalem experience cooler temperatures. We encourage you to visit our Promised Land throughout the year. Read more HERE.

Can You Travel Alone in Israel?

Absolutely! Israel is generally very safe, particularly for tourists, including solo female travelers. Major tourist sites and landmarks are well-secured, and locals are friendly and eager to help if needed.

What Clothes Should You Wear in Israel?

For summer, pack breathable T-shirts, sleeveless tops, shorts, and a swimsuit. Bring a sweater or jacket for nights in the highlands or desert. For winter, bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a scarf, gloves, a heavy coat, a raincoat, and an umbrella.

Since Israel-guided tours often involve walking, pack comfortable shoes and sun protection like a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. A bag for carrying essentials is also helpful.

Keep in mind that some religious sites require modest attire. Men should wear long pants, while women should wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees.

How Can You Get Around Israel?

Our scheduled itineraries include all transportation, such as transfers on arrival and departure. For solo travelers, Israel has a great network of highways, buses, trains, and domestic flights.

Buses are the most common transportation mode, with tickets available at major city bus terminals or directly from the driver. Most buses don’t run on Saturdays (Shabbat).

Train travel is convenient between major cities, but trains also don’t run on Saturdays (Shabbat). Check the Israel Railways website for timetables and rates. An app named “Hop on” is used to pay onboard.

Private taxis can be hailed or called for transport within or between cities, albeit more expensive. Use an app called “Gett” to book taxis.

Car rentals are available from international and local firms in major cities and at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Plan ahead to secure a rental.

For added convenience, consider hiring a private tour guide with local knowledge.

What Currency Is Used in Israel?

The Israeli shekel, worth approximately 30 cents, is the official currency. Upon arrival, use your bank card to withdraw shekels from Ben Gurion Airport ATMs or exchange a smaller amount of dollars or traveler’s checks at a bank or hotel. ATMs are widespread, and credit cards are commonly accepted. American Express is less common than in the United States.

Which Language Is Spoken in Israel?

Hebrew and Arabic are Israel’s official languages, but many people speak English, and numerous street signs are in English. Don’t hesitate to use “Shalom” for hello

and goodbye, as it will earn you smiles from the locals.

Is Israel LGBTQ-friendly?

Despite its strong religious traditions, Israel is a highly modern nation. In particular, Tel Aviv is a welcoming LGBTQ tourism destination and is renowned globally for being one of the most hospitable places for LGBT travelers. However, it’s important to exercise cultural sensitivity and decency, especially on religious grounds.

Is Israel a Fun and Safe Place for Families?

Israel, with its rich culture and history, can be a fantastic learning experience for the entire family. Whether exploring the Old City of Jerusalem or relaxing by the Dead Sea, there’s something for everyone. The phrase “a fast-paced country with a laid-back mindset” perfectly captures the spirit. It is also generally safe wherever you go.

Do You Need to Be COVID-19 Vaccinated to Visit Israel?

Whether vaccinated or not, visitors from all nations are welcome in Israel. Tourists no longer need to undergo pre-flight or post-flight testing, and the same applies to cruises and land borders. No countries are currently on the Red List, and tourists don’t need to isolate upon arrival. However, it would help if you had health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the duration of your trip.


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