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.
- 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
- 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.