Israel visa requirements and health insurance
January 03, 2019
Rich in history, culture and delicious cuisine, Israel should not be missing from any vacationers list. From visiting the holy city of Jerusalem to the modern and buzzing city of Tel Aviv or taking a dip in the Dead Sea, Israel is totally unique and diverse and has something to offer everyone. There’s a lot to get excited about when thinking of visiting Israel. With all the excitement and opportunity to explore, travel insurance will not be your first priority, but it’s important to think about organizing your travel insurance policy so you can kick back, relax and unwind during your vacation.
Aside from finding the right cover for you, here are some other important travel tips to be aware of before you set off on your adventure:
Visa Information for Israel
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Israel?
If you are an American Citizen with a valid US passport visiting Israel for up to 90 days, then you don’t have to apply for a visa.
Travel Documents You Will Need:
A valid U.S. passport.
All passports must have a minimum of 6 months before expiration. That is 6 months from the date of your travel departure, and your passport should also have at least one blank page for stamping.
Health and Medical Advice
Before jetting off on your travels, you should check for any required vaccinations and any epidemic breakouts occurring in Israel. It’s also a good idea to find out where the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency.
Do I Need to be Vaccinated When Travelling to Israel?
We would recommend getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, Rabies and Typhoid as well as updating your routine vaccinations as a precautionary measure. The standard vaccines are:
• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
• Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
Book an appointment at your local practitioner or find your local Passport health clinic. You should book an appointment at least four to six weeks before your trip.
Travel Health Updates in Israel
In July 2018, CDC reported that there was an outbreak of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in neighbouring countries to Israel and in the Arabian Peninsula. We suggest that you take precautions while in Israel.
To keep up to date on any breakouts, visit the CDC website.
Emergency Contact Information
No one ever wants to have to call the emergency services whilst they’re on vacation, but unfortunately accidents happen and it’s important to be prepared for when they do.
Police emergency number in Israel: 100
Fire emergency number in Israel: 102
Medical emergency number in Israel: 101
Israeli Local Laws and Customs
- A modest dress code is advised in Israel, especially when visiting areas like Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.
- If you’re visiting ultra-Orthodox Jewish districts dress appropriately, women should not wear trousers, and avoid driving into these areas during Shabbat (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset).
- During the month of Ramadan, especially in Palestinian territories, you should avoid drinking, eating and smoking in public areas as a courtesy and sign of respect to the Muslim holy month.
- You must be able to prove your identity if requested. Identity documents can include a passport.
- Illegal drug use or trafficking will be punished with a fine or prison sentence.
Safety and Security
Terrorist attacks are likely to occur in Israel and other territories due to the region's instability. Some attacks can be indiscriminate and could include areas that are popular to tourists or large public areas like transport stations. It’s important to stay vigilant and be aware of any possible safety concerns.
We would strongly advise you to not travel to Gaza and avoid the West Bank due to high risk of terror attacks, potentially violent demonstrations and armed conflicts.
Here are a few tips listed from the Travel State Government Website:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when traveling to popular tourist locations and large crowded public places
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Israel.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Petty Theft and Crime
Crime is generally not much of a problem but, like any popular tourist areas, pickpocketing and petty theft can occur. Be alert and keep your belongings with you at all times, especially in crowded areas like train or metro stations and popular tourist areas. It’s always a good idea to keep valuable belongings or extra spending money in a hotel safe, if you have one.
U.S. Embassy in Israel
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser
Jerusalem 9378322, Israel
Useful Tips for Israel
Official Language: Hebrew and Arabic
Modern Hebrew is Israel’s national language and Arabic is an official Israeli language. English is also widely spoken and understood by the majority of the population, especially in popular tourist areas like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Currency: Israeli new shekel
Israeli Plug Sockets: Type H
The standard voltage and frequency in Israel are 230 V and 50 Hz. If you don’t have one already, you will need to buy a plug adapter for your appliances and devices.
You will also need to buy a voltage converter or transformer as the standard Israeli voltage is higher than in the U.S (120 V). Its best to go for a converter which can also alter the frequency as the U.S. frequency rate is 10 Hz higher than in Israel and so may be dangerous to use without a converter.
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