Things to Consider When Visiting Israel

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Here are a few important things that you must take into consideration, if you are planning a visit to Israel:

Electricity

The electrical supply standard is 230 volts, 50 Hz alternating current (AC). As a standard, three pin plugs are used. You can buy adaptors, if you want, in Israel.

Visa as well as Entry Requirements

Currently, the US and Canadian nationals are not required to have a visa when they enter Israel. It is important that you verify the rules that are currently applicable with the local consulate or embassy as the visa requirements keep changing on a regular basis. People of all nationalities are required to have a passport that is valid for at least a period of six months from the proposed date of entry into Israel. Further, if you are travelling on a tourist visa, you are required to have a round-trip ticket with you. If you are planning to proceed to one of the Arab countries, except Jordan or Egypt, after a visit to Israel, then you must make sure that your passport does not have an Israeli visa or stamp.

Embassies

Telephone number of the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, United States of America is (202) 364-5500.
Telephone number of Israeli Embassy in Ottawa, Canada is (613) 567-6450.

Health Requirements

Presently, there is no risk of Yellow Fever or malaria in Israel. If you are travelling to the Middle East, it is recommended that you have the following vaccinations done. Of course, you must discuss with your healthcare provider and find out which of the following vaccinations you would require.

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Tetanus

The medical facilities in Israel are excellent and tourists can go to any of the first-aid centres or emergency departments. However, you must be aware that any kind of treatment can be expensive. You can easily identify a health centre; they will all be marked by the red Star of David on white background. It is also recommended that you have sufficient medical insurance when visiting Israel.

Climate

Israel experiences Mediterranean climate. The summers are long, hot and dry, whereas the winters are short cool and rainy. Of course, there will be variations based on the latitude and altitude. The coldest month in a year is January as temperatures can fall to 5 to 10 degree Celsius. The hottest is usually August with temperatures ranging from 18 to 38 degree Celsius.

The country gets about 70 percent of its rainfall between the months of November and March. From June through August, Israel does not experience any rainfall. In Israel, rainfall is not uniformly distributed; it reduces a great deal as you move in the southward direction. In the extreme southern areas, the average rainfall may be less than 100 millimetres in a year, where as in the northern side the average annual rainfall can be around 1,128 mmillimetres The high ranges of the central highlands, including Jerusalem, may experience snowfall during the months of January as well as February.