Useful information for travellers to the HolyLand - Israel - Jordan - Egypt

PORTS / BORDERS OF ENTRY/EXIT
BY AIR IN TEL AVIV AT THE NEW BEN GURION AIRPORT, TERMINAL 3, FINISHED IN 2004.
BY BOAT VIA HAIFA PORT OR ASHKELON PORT.

 
 
BEN GURION AIRPORT:

    • INFORMATION: +972-3-9755555  or  from Israel: *6663
    • IMMIGRATION:  +972-3-97145455 / +972-3-9712467

 
 
BY LAND VIA
 
SHEIKH HUSSEIN INTERNATIONAL BORDER IN THE NORTH NEAR BEIT SHEAN, FROM/TO JORDAN.
ALLENBY BRIDGE FROM/TO JORDAN.
Arava Border From To Jordan In The South Near Eilat.
TABA BORDER FROM/TO SINAI/EGYPT.
 
 
VISA
 
Most Nationalities get free tourist visas for 3 months on arrival.
However, there are RESTRICTED NATIONALITIES, who must be in possession of a valid visa on arrival at the borders.  Therefore, if in doubt, ask your travel agent.
 
 
Traveling from Israel to Jordan, several possibilities
 
Tourists who are not of restricted nationalities and do not need visa for Jordan:
 
1.       Depart Israel via sheikh Hussein international border in the north at Beit Shean.
2.       Depart Israel via Arava international border in the South, near Eilat.
3.       Tourists who have a visa for Jordan can depart via Allenby Bridge, near Jericho.
4.     Tourists who Arrived from Allenby Bridge can return to Jordan Visa Allenby Bridge.
 
Traveling from Jordan to Israel, several possibilities
 
1.       Enter Israel via sheikh Hussein border.
2.       Enter Israel via Arava border.
3.       Enter Israel via Allenby bridge.
 
Most European Nationalities, u.s./Canadian citizens and some south American nationals, do not require visa for Israel.
 
If in doubt, contact your next Israeli embassy/consulate for more information.
 
BORDER CROSSINGS: for OPENING TIMES and VISA INFORMATION.

    • ALLENBY BRIDGE from and to JORDAN: +972-2-9942302
    • ARAVA SOUTHERN BORDER from and to JORDAN -entry from the South: +972-8-6300555
    • SHEIKH HUSSEIN BORDER from and to JORDAN - entry from the North: +972-4-6093410
    • TABA BORDER from and to SINAI - near Eilat: +972-8-6360999

 
For GENERAL INFORMATION on WEST BANK/PALESTINE,
www.thisweekinpalestine.com a monthly magazine that provides articles and information on life and cultural activities in the West Bank/Palestine.
 
CURRENCY
 
The official currency in Israel is the NEW ISRAEL SHEKEL, NIS.
However the U.S. DOLLAR and the EURO are accepted everywhere, prices are converted as per the valid rate of exchange of the day.
 
 
CASH OR CREDIT CARDS
 
Cash is the preferred way of payment. Most Credit Cards are accepted in hotels, souvenir shops, supermarkets, restaurants.
However, on some occasions, tourist agents/ ticket agents may not accept credit cards and will ask for cash only.
 
 
LANGUAGE
 
 
HEBREW & ARABIC are the official languages, ENGLISH, GERMAN & FRENCH are also spoken in many locations.
 
 
TRANSPORTATION
 
 
If you travel in a group, your means of transportation will be by coach with a tourist guide.
If you travel alone, you will have to choose if you want a driver/guided tour, i.e. a licensed tourist guide who drives his own car.
 
Or you may want to choose private taxi services, or a shared: sherut taxi, to get around. The latter being limited to trips from and to airport and between major cities only.
CAR RENTAL with all the major international brands, is available.
EGGED/DAN BUS SERVICES are serving the public within all cities in Israel and connecting within an excellent net all the cities within the country.
TRAIN SERVICE is available and being expanded, between Haifa/Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
 
 
WEATHER
 
 
The climate in Israel can be divided into two Seasons: DRY SUMMER and RAINY, COLD WINTER.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
SPRING: MAR, APR, MAY: 12-27C/53-81F
SUMMER: JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP: 19-32C/66-89F
AUTUMN: OCT,NOV:16-19C/60-78F
WINTER: DEC,JAN,FEB:8-14C/47-56F

Please consider climate change also affects this Near East, and weather is often unpredictable nowadays.   During Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec warn clothing. a sweater/jumper and anorak is recommended.
 
 
RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS
 
 
ROMAN CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT CHURCHES ONLY HAVE FIXED YEARLY HOLIDAYS: CHRISTMAS, EASTER etc.
ORTHODOX CHURCHES, JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS DIFFER YEARLY.
SUNDAY is the official Christian Holiday, when some shops and most CHRISTIAN SITES are closed.
FRIDAY is the official Moslem Holiday, most shops in the Jerusalem Old City and outside the city walls are closed during prayer times, many open in the afternoon.
 
FROM SUNSET FRIDAY TILL SUNSET SATURDAY, on the Jewish Sabbath, shops are closed. Only few open Saturdays after sunset.
 
 
 
RESTAURANTS, FOOD, DRINK
 
 
There are plenty of restaurants along the "tourist roads" and in the cities that offer self-service and waiter-service meals for lunch and dinner.
Food is excellent, Arabic, Jewish, European, Fast Food, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, you find it all.
Humus and Felafel, Gefilte Fish, Wiener Schnietzel, McDonalds/Burger King, Sushi, Fish dishes of any kind fresh from the Med, vegetarian meals, etc. all is plentiful.
Many locals are drinking tap water, but bottled water of many different local and important brands are available and recommended for tourists. Israel also has excellent local wines to offer.
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