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The Holy Land. For centuries, Israel has been one of the most desired travel destinations for Christians, Muslims, Jews and others who wish to surround themselves with some of history’s most significant sites.
Israel offers plenty of unique attractions. One could float weightless in the Dead Sea one morning and walk the streets of Bethlehem in the evening.
Israeli cuisine is unparalleled and Tel Aviv boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in the world.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Israel. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Israel: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
There is a risk of typhoid infection in the West Bank and Gaza. Vaccination is recommended for travelers to that area.
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The only requirement for entry to Israel is a valid passport with one blank page for stamping upon arrival. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the day of arrival in Israel.
If travelers plan on staying for longer than 90 days, only then is a tourist visa required. There are no vaccine and currency restrictions of requirements for either entry or exit.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Israel is located in the subtropical region. Although the country is small, the climate can be different from north to south and on the coast.
The Israeli coast is a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and rainy, cool winters. In the northernmost mountainous areas, there is often heavy snowfall in winter months.
Israel is known for its security measures. Officials run background checks on every visitor who is planning on entering country. Something to note is that profiling is common upon entering Israel, so individuals or Arab or Muslim descent, or if one appears to be suspicious in any way, may have to endure longer screenings.
Although Israel takes extreme precaution towards visitors both flying in and at its borders, it is near countries that are notorious for terrorist attacks.
The U.S. has issued a warning on terrorist attacks to travelers to Israel. While cities such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv are regarded as safe, Gaza and the West Bank are less so.
The food in Israel is praised for being safe for consumption in almost all areas of the country. In rural or off-the-beaten path cities, travelers should stick to restaurants that are known for preparing quality food. Avoid street food or water that isn’t from the bottle.
Most major places boast safe and drinkable tap water, except at the Dead Sea where salt levels are high. Israelis thrive primarily on kosher and vegetarian diets.
Some dishes, such as hummus and falafel may be common to the American palate. Others such as Shakshuka (a popular breakfast dish) or Kanafeh (a heated pastry with goat cheese) offer new experiences.
Located on the northern coast of Israel is Atlit. Under the quaint village’s coast, submerged only 10 meters, are the ancient ruins of Atlit-Yam.
The settlement was discovered in 1984 and it is believed to be what remains of a village abandoned shortly after a tsunami. Since the discovery of Atlit-Yam, archaeologists have unearthed houses, skeletons, graves and wells.
It is difficult to pack light for Israel considering the fluctuation in weather from city to city. Here are a few items that should definitely make it into the suitcase:
U.S. citizens can be assisted with emergency and non-emergency issues at the embassy, including loss of passport, troubles with security and threats. For emergencies, the Embassy can be reached 24-7
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
71 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv Israel 63903
Telephone: +(972) (3) 519-7575
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(972) (3) 519-7551
Fax: +(972) (3) 516-4390, or 516-0315
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