Flight – I hear there is a security interview before my flight…?

If you are flying EL AL Israel Airlines (or from Europe on Arkia Israel Airlines or Israir), please know that the security precautions taken by Israeli airlines are the stuff of legend and the envy of the world’s airlines. On check-in for your flights you will be asked a variety of questions during a security interview. Some of the questions may seem un-PC, intrusive, irrelevant or repetitive. Just answer truthfully, go with the flow and don’t lose your cool. Remember, the questions are designed to protect you and your fellow passengers. When you leave Israel, the departure process is identical to that outlined above for all airlines.

Health – Medicines – Vaccinations

Israel is an ultra-modern country with the world’s highest number of doctors per capita, and a health and hospital system. No vaccinations are required to visit Israel (unless you have recently been in an area where there have been epidemics of yellow fever, cholera or ebola). You can buy most standard over-the-counter equivalent of North American drugs in Israel. You can also bring supplies of your standard prescription drugs with you. (If you need to bring syringes and vials of medicine – bring along a letter from your doctor attesting to your needs, just in case.) If you need to see a doctor in Israel, check with your hotel concierge. Travel insurance (including medical coverage) is always recommended for all foreign travel.

Internet – Will I have easy Internet Access

Most hotels in Israel have Wi-Fi available for hotel guests at customary prices. Many cafes and restaurants offer a complementary Wi-Fi service. Since September 2013, Tel Aviv offers a citywide free Wi-Fi network which provides 80 free Internet “hot spots” across the city.

Mobile Phone – Will i be able to use my mobile phone in Israel

If you have an international plan, your cell phone may work in Israel, please check with your local provider.

Payment – How can I pay in Israel

You can choose between payment by:
– Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard)
– PayPal
– Bank transfer

Safety – Is it safe to travel to Israel?

Every year between 3 and 4 million tourists vacation in Israel. The planes of 90+ airlines wouldn’t fly to Israel if it weren’t safe. Israel is an extremely safe country to visit and tour. We would not encourage tourists to come if we felt they would be in danger.

Taxes – What taxes can I expect to pay in Israel?

The Vat (Value Added Tax) in Israel is 18%. It’s already included in most prices in Israel. VAT is waived for tourists at hotels, tour companies and car rental agencies. Like in Europe and elsewhere, tourists can receive a refund of the VAT they paid on purchases when departing the country, the refund program and the purchase amount in one tax invoice including V.A.T. must exceed ILS. 400. For more information click here.

Water – Can I drink tap water in Israel?

Absolutely: tap water in Israel is safe and delicious. But, you will also find bottled mineral water everywhere. (It’s important to make sure you drink a lot, especially if you are walking, hiking or exercising during hot weather.)