First of all, the age old question..... Is it safe to travel to Israel? has now become a little tiresome. It is no more or less safe than traveling to any country within Europe. Keep up to date with latest travel advice and you can't go wrong!
There are almost 100 airlines flying into Ben Gurion airport so access is easy with a multitude of standard scheduled services and now low cost flying options also.
ELAL is the national carrier and it is often said that flying with ELAL is literally like flying on a piece of Israel itself. Within the group is also the low cost carrier Called UP airlines.
When planning your holiday, do bear in mind that busy periods and travel restrictions could be expected around major Jewish holidays like Passover, Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur etc. Take a look at our quick glance calendar for a general view of Jewish holidays. Busy months also and to be during August and October so plan ahead to avoid last minute high costs.
If you fly with ELAL remember you will not be able to fly on the Sabbath. Shabbat often means that travel restrictions will be in place nationwide so its usually best to travel Sunday to Friday. Sunday is the start of the working week in Israel.
ELAL has some great deals sometimes and a good APP can also be downloaded to complement the overall customer experience.
Ben Gurion Airport also has a great APP worth downloading before a visit and has some great information on services and travel.
In short, travel to Israel is fun, safe, exciting and now very affordable. The only thing you now need to do is book your flights!
Checkout Ben Gurion Airport official website for a full list of airlines flying to Israel at this time:
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they are departing the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez-passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it.
Visitors are entitled to remain in Israel up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them. Visitors intending to work in Israel must submit a request to the Ministry of the Interior for a special visa.
Israel no longer stamps passports at airports and most Land Crossings. Nonetheless, because at times technical difficulties arise, and at times, the border control must revert to back to the method of stamping passports, we recommend that tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries officially request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on their passport. The tourist must notify the clerk of this request before documents are stamped.
The Gate Pass is an official form of identification while in Israel. We ask all tourists to keep the card at hand at all times as proof of their visa status. At the airport and designated Land Crossings, this card allows the traveler to exit the arrival terminal and continue to the luggage pickup area.
The tourist is asked to keep the card at hand at all times. If ever you are stopped or in trouble, this is the document you would be asked to produce. It will save a lot of time and convenience for you if you have it, You receive one on arrival and one on departure.
Israel welcomes visitors to Israel. Many countries have a Visa Waiver Program with Israel, which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a visa arranged in advance. Before embarking on a trip, visitors desiring to stop in Israel on their way to other destinations must check if they need a prearranged tourist visa. The list of countries in the following link specifies from which countries tourists are required to present a prearranged visa.
All Visa Waiver Program travelers must present a machine-readable passport at the port of entry in order to enter Israel without a prearranged visa; otherwise, a visa is required. This applies to tourists arriving with a passage card from countries with a Waiver Program.
The Currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Broken down 1 Shekel equates to 100 Agorot. The beautifully designed and colourful bank notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100 and 200. Coins are in denominations of 10 agorot, 50 agorot, 1, 2, 5 and 10 Shekels.
Payment by credit cards are very common and you will also find ATM / cash points all over Israel.