Located in Western Asia, Israel is famous for being the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity. The country has something to offer to any kind of tourist, having a rich history and world-class culture, inmmense natural beauty and tasteful food.
Why Visit Israel
CULTURE & HISTORY
Israel has an extensive and interesting history, from the Bible to the Ottoman Empire. It is home to countless historical sites, like the Church of Nativity, the City of David, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is considered to be one of the oldest and the holiest city in the world, as it is holy for Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Israel has very diverse and beautiful landscapes, with idyllic beaches in the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea, the famous Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth, lush green mountains in Galilee and many deserts, highlighting the Negev, all this in this small country that you can cross in only 6 hours!
Israel has a growing foodie scene, from street food to Michelin restaurants, it has it all. Its food is generally very healthy, as the majority of the Mediterranean cuisine, with a lot flavor and fresh ingredients.
Tel Aviv is often called “the non-stop city”, as there is filled with incredible clubs and bar that won’t stop on the entire night. The city has an incredible cultural and gastronomic scene, with events, nightlife, arts and fashion, also famously liberal, extremely gay friendly.
Although surprising to many thanks to its volatile location, Israel is remarkably very safe.
What to expect
Hebrew is the official language in Israel. However Arabic and English are widely spoken and understood.
In Israel the standard voltage is 230V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Israeli shekel is the official currency in Israel. Other foreign currencies might be accepted at major hotels and tourist attractions but not anywhere else. You are able to exchange your currency at the airport, banks or exchange houses. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available almost everywhere. 1 USD equals 3.45 shekels (as of 2020).
Israel has different climates depending on the region. The northern and coastal regions have a mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and cool rainy winters, while the southern area has an arid climate. Overall, the country has high temperatures, between the 80°F-90°F (27°C – 32°C).
Surprisingly, Israel is a very safe place to visit, one of the safest in the Middle East. Violent crime is rare, especially against tourists. The current conflict is happening in Gaza, so as long you stay away from that are you will be fine.
Citizens of the following 99 countries do not require a visa for Israel for a maximum stay of 3 months for tourism: All European Union citizens, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Velize, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Central African Republic , Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nauru, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Panama, papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis , Saint Lucia , Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, UK, US, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Vatican City
Citizens of all the other countries are required to request for a visa in advance.
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