It doesn’t matter what reasons you have to visit a beautiful country like Israel. Be it for business or a vacation, it is crucial to be well informed about the country you are visiting in order to avoid an unpleasant surprise and get the most out of your trip. The incredibly stunning Israel has a lot to offer in terms of business opportunities and fun attractions but, before you go, here is what you need to know about Israel.
Israel can be visited in all seasons. Most tourists go during the cloudless summer, though the weather – and the nature – is most beautiful during the spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October).
Keep in mind that regional weather conditions differ considerably between the more humid and warmer Tel Aviv and seashore areas and the cooler, windier areas of Jerusalem and Northern Israel (the hills of the Galil and Golan). Summers tend to be more enjoyable in these areas. The dry, southern part of Israel (Negev, Dead Sea, Eilat and the Jordan Valley) can be up to 10-15 °C warmer than other parts of the country.
Israel with Car – Traffic rules and safety in Israel
According to the National Road Safety Law (2006):
- All car travelers (drivers and passengers) must have their seat belts fastened during the whole travel.
- All cars should have their headlights on during intercity travels (all day and night) and in winter.
- The use of mobile phones is not allowed. Mobile phones may be used only in hands-free (e.g. Bluetooth) systems.
- Children up till 3 have to travel infant seat, children between 3-8 should use booster seat (please ask for the appropriate one when renting the car).
- All drivers are required to carry fluorescent vests with them (if you rent a car please check before leaving the car rental station that vests are provided). They are also required to wear these vests when outside the car on a roadway (e.g. when changing a tire, making a repair etc.). Not following these rules constitutes a traffic violation, meaning the driver (no matter if they own or rent the car) will be fined.
Please note that during Friday nights, Saturdays and other Jewish holidays many ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods (e.g. in Jerusalem) are not open for driving.
Israel Visa for tourists
Visitor are entitled to remain in Israel as tourists in accordance with the visa issued to them for up to 90 days from the date of their arrival.
Visitors to Israel from these countries don’t need a tourist visa for this period. They must present a machine-readable passport at the border. In order to enter Israel, your passport has to be valid at least 60 days from the anticipated date of leaving Israel.
Important information for tourists continuing from Israel to Arab countries (except for Jordan and Egypt):
If you plan to visit other countries in the Middle East, it is recommended that you don’t have Israeli stamp in your passport. To avoid this you have to fill out form 17L. When you arrive in Israel, notify the clerk that you have this form to prevent receiving a stamp.
Security in Israel
The security situation in general is a very complex issue in Israel. On one hand, the personal safety conditions in the big cities like Tel Aviv or Haifa are comparable or even better than other metropolitan cities. However, due to the political situation in Gaza, the West Bank and other areas of Israel, it is always advisable to read the up to date travel warnings from a reliable source.
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