Health matters & travelling abroad
Health matters and vaccination requirements vary from country to country. We suggest that you check recommended practice with your GP, practice nurse or travel health clinic. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad, for more infomation visit The Foreign & Commonwealth Office website .
You may also like to visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre, this website will also give you destination specific health advice.
Visa and Passport requirements
All travellers must be in possession of a passport with recommended 6 months unexpired validity. Visa requirements vary from country to country and we suggest you contact the appropriate embassy for current visa information. NB Some passports issued by British Consular posts abroad may not be machine readable – please check with the UK Passport Service on 0870 521 0410 or for more information please visit the UK Passport Service website
Travel for the Handicapped
Israel places enormous importance on providing comfortable conditions for travellers with disabilities. Considerable efforts and resources have been invested to enable the handicapped visit destinations and attractions and to receive service comparable to that received by the general public.
Additional information and tips for people with disabilities is available at:
The Israel Centre for Technology and Accessibility. Milbat, situated at the Sheba Medical Centre (972-3-5303739) specializes in building, transport and other aides for people with disabilities. The centre gives advice on transport solutions for people with disabilities. More Information
Yad Sarah is a volunteer organization with branches all over Israel that lends tourists wheelchairs, crutches and other aides without charge and only a security deposit. More information Or by calling +972-2-6444555.
Hebrew, the language of the Bible, and Arabic are the official languages of the State of Israel. Hebrew (and Arabic too) is written from right to left.
Almost every highway and street sign is in English as well as Hebrew and Arabic, and English language newspapers, magazine and books are available everywhere.
The State of Israel’s currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS) or shekel for short (pluralized as shkalim in Hebrew or shekels in English). There are 100 agorot (agora in singular) in each shekel.
Bank notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200; coins are in denominations of NIS10, NIS5, NIS1 and 50, 10 and 5 agorot.
Unlimited sums of local and foreign money may be brought into Israel as cash, travellers’ checks, credit cards or State of Israel bonds. Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is required when exchanging travellers’ checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission. It is recommended, though not obligatory, to carry a small amount of US dollars, since certain tourist sites, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, take payment in dollars. More Information is available here.
Holders of international credit cards can withdraw local or foreign currency at banks which accept their credit cards. There are Automated Teller Machines outside most banks.
Major credit cards – American Express, Diners, Visa, MasterCard/Euro card – are widely accepted in Israeli restaurants, stores, hotels, museums, etc.
Religious places of interest
Please visit the following website for information on places of interest for specific religions:
Christian places of interest:
Jewish places of interest:
Muslim places of interest:
Weather in Israel
Temperatures vary greatly depending on the time of year. December and January are the coldest times of year, with snow falling in the north in places such as The Golan and the Galilee. Skiers and snow boarders love to travel to Mount Hermon where they can, for a short time, enjoy their winter sports. Even Jerusalem sees snow, turning it into a beautiful picture postcard.
However, for tourists that want some sun, Eilat is the perfect winter destination. Set on the southern tip of Israel, it dips into the Red Sea, and it is never too hot in the winter. It’s great for activities as well as sunbathing and tax-free shopping! The coastal town of Tel Aviv is just cool and a light weight jacket would suffice.
It hots up in the summer, between June and September. Some places are humid and some have a dry heat that is much more bearable. Tel Aviv, Haifa and Tiberias are very humid in the height of the summer season in the months of July and August. However, Tel Aviv’s shopping centres are air-conditioned and the sea provides a refreshing cool down. Jerusalem, Eilat and the Dead Sea have a dry heat, but it’s not recommended that you travel to the Dead Sea area in the scorching heat of 100 degrees!
For moderate temperatures, the best seasons to travel to Israel are spring and autumn, in the months of March, April, October and November.
For more specific information, contact the Israel Meteorological