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Tips For Traveling To the Holy Land


Alcoholic Beverages:
Alcoholic beverages are available in most hotels, and selected restaurants. Both local and international wine and beer can be purchased. International brands tend to be more expensive.

Cameras & Video Cameras:
Only video cameras must be registered at Tel Aviv Airport upon arrival. This process takes only a few minutes.

Overall, the Holy Land is a very casual country! However, you may want to plan accordingly for the weather. Day dress should include cotton and breathable fabric clothing, comfortable shoes, hat, and sun block. Shorts are acceptable. Evening dress is smart-casual. A light jacket or sweater is advisable for the months of October through April.

Electrical Current:
220 volts is the electrical current used within the country. The 220 volts is a two-pronged plug. Most five star hotels provide hair dryers and ironing service. However, if you need to bring an appliance, you may want to purchase an adapter before traveling.

Food & Water:
A change in drinking water and food can upset your stomach when traveling. We advise you to drink only bottled water, which can be purchased at most hotels and vendors. In the first few days, we recommend you eat lightly and avoid any raw vegetables or fruits, unless you can peel them. If you should encounter the "Pharaoh's Curse", no worries! Your tour guide or representative will be able to help you obtain certain medications specific for this problem. These medications can be purchased in most pharmacies throughout The Holy Land.

International Telephone/Fax Service:
Most hotels have business centers where you can make international calls or send faxes. You should be able to make international calls in the privacy of your room, but not in all hotels.

Medical Assistance:
Medical assistance is available throughout The Holy Land. If you should require medical attention, please speak with your representative or tour guide for assistance. They will help you to locate a physician or medical center.

The international news can be viewed on BBC and CNN in most five star hotels. Newspapers and magazines can be purchased at most hotels, bookshops, or news stands. The Jerusalem Post is the local newspaper published in English.

Your passport will be collected at your hotel upon arrival. The hotel staff will retain a copy of your passport as a standard procedure upon check-in and then return your passport to you once this copy has been made. It is advisable for you to make two photocopies of your passport before departure and store in separate locations while traveling.

The local currency used is the New Israeli Shekels (NIS). Most hotels have a bank on the premises for your convenience. The hotel banks offer a fixed exchange rate. There are also banks located in most cities in the Holy Land . Make sure to take your passport with you when exchanging money. Most hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops accept credit cards. Using your credit card within the local markets (among vendors) is not advisable.

Postage stamps can be obtained from hotels and souvenir shops that sell postcards. Depending on the location you are sending mail to, out-bound mail takes approximately 10-14 days to arrive to its destination.

Shopping/Handy Crafts:
The Holy land is known for its handcrafted souvenirs and unforgettable shopping experiences. Gold and silver jewelry and handmade crafts from Olive are among the most popular souvenirs purchased by tourists.

If you decide to venture out on your own, taxis are very affordable and safe. Remember to set the price before you commence your journey and carry the right amount of change if possible, to avoid being taken.