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Israel is a land saturated with the import of its position as the cradle of Judaism, Christianity and Islam alike. This complexity flows into the diversity of the natural landscape that varies from the salty serenity of the Dead Sea to the verdant national parks and the parched desert plateaus.

 

Most visits to the Holy Land are ushered in with a trip to the capital city of Jerusalem. The vibrant streets bustle with the activity of modern city dwellers and busy markets spill out onto ancient cobbled streets against a skyline of sacred sites. The modern commercial centre of Tel Aviv is dedicated to the more hedonistic pursuits of life that come in the form of sun drenched beaches, good restaurants, designer clothing stores and sophisticated night clubs. Sunbathing and scuba diving is the allure of the Red Sea port of Elat while relaxation and spa resorts are a specialty of the Dead Sea experience. The Galilee area, north of Jerusalem, is the destination of pilgrims and nature lovers alike. Its concentration of holy sites provides a fascinating visit, particularly around the azure stretches of the Sea of Galilee. The cosmopolitan reaches of the Jewish-Arab city of Haifa provide a glorious base from which to explore the Galilee area as well as the magnificent sea grottoes of Rosh Hanikra.

 

Travel to Israel is currently risky because of the political situation. Those planning a trip should consult up to date official travel safety warnings.

 

Tourist Offices - Israeli Tourist Office: +972 (0)2 625 8844 or www.infotour.co.il or www.goisrael.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

Passports must be valid for at least six months after period of intended stay and visitors must hold onward or return tickets and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay in Israel. Travellers intending to visit Arab countries (other than Egypt, Jordan or United Arab Emirates) after leaving Israel should ensure that their passport does not contain Israeli visas or stamps, otherwise entry into Arab countries with such passports will be denied; it is possible to have a separate sheet of paper stamped instead.


- For Australians - Australian citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is needed for stays of up to three months.


- New Zealanders must have a valid passport, but no visa is required for stays of up to three months.


- United States citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is needed for stays of up to three months.


- United States citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is needed for stays of up to three months.


- British citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is needed for stays of up to three months.

 

Israel Holidays - Currency of Israel

 

The Israeli Shekel (ILS) is divided into 100 agorot (singular is agora). Money can be changed in the small exchange bureaux found on most main streets, or at banks and hotels. ATMs are prevalent throughout the country and linked to American systems. Most banks are open Sunday through to Friday until noon, though have afternoon hours as well on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and so are travellers cheques, though commission on these is high.

 

Israel Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for Israel is +972. The outgoing code is 00 (not from public phones) followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). There are other outgoing codes depending on which network is used to dial out on. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)2 for Jerusalem. Public phones are card operated and are readily available, and instruction cards state whether to dial 012, 013 or 014 for overseas. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators, otherwise mobile phones can easily be rented. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and tourist areas all over Israel.

 

Israel Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Israel do not have to pay duty on 250 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products; 2 litres wine and 1 litre of other types of alcoholic beverages; 250ml of eau de cologne or perfume; and gifts to the value of US$150 for residents and US$125 for non-residents. Prohibited items include fresh meat and fresh fruit (especially from South Africa).

 

Israel Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Tipping, according to level of service, is expected unless a service charge is added to the bill.

 

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