DEPARTING FOR ISRAEL

A visit to Israel is indeed a unique experience, however in some respects it is the same as every other trip. I’ve written a few suggestions and tips that will help you cover all the basics. I hope you’ll find it useful.

Background Information:

  • Official Name: State of Israel
  • Form of Rule: parliamentary democracy
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Official Languages: Hebrew, Arabic (English is also spoken broadly)
  • Currency: New Israeli Shekel (Notes are in 20, 50, 100, and 200 NIS. Coins are 10, 5, 1 NIS, and 50 and 10 cents)
  • International Dialing Code: 972
  • Internet Suffix:  .co.il

Essentials:

  • Travel insurance: Make sure you have one and check if it covers lost baggage and emergency assistance.
  • In case you take regular medication, keep all your medication in their original packaging.
  • ATMs are very common, either next to a bank or a kiosk. 
  • Almost every shop, mall, and even some trains and buses provide free Wi-Fi.
  • Plan ahead with a good international plan for your phone. However, you may also buy a sim card at some kiosk with internet surfing available and local calls.
  • Emergency Phone Numbers: Police (100), Emergency Medical Services (101), Fire Department (102)
  • Israel Power Supply is single phase 220 Volts at 50 Hertz.