FAQ

Israel Letter of Invitation and Listing with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Please download the invitation letter and fill in the necessary details, forward the letter to John McIntyre (john@kfp.org). We will then have it signed and sent it back to you. We will also add you to the list with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs will help us in making the entrance and exit of the Fellows arriving to the summit easier. We will have a list of people who think they might have a problem entering Israel. That may be any Fellow arriving from states which don’t have any Diplomatic relationships with Israel. Also, each person arriving for the summit who might visited in countries which don’t have diplomatic relationships with Israel may benefit from being on the list.

Entrance/Exit to Israel with assistance from
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

If your passport is from one of the following countries OR if you have visited one of the following countries and have a stamp on your current passport, please contact us as soon as possible so we can assist you on obtaining the correct paperwork to enter and exit Israel.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassie Kerr with Wellington at 913.402.1881 x152 or via email at ckerr@wellingtonexperience.com.

  • Algeria
  • Comoros
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Mauitania
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • United Arab Emirates

  • Afghanistan
  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Niger
  • Bhutan
  • North Korea
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Bahrain
  • Djibouti
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Qatar
  • Somalia
  • Tunisia
  • Bangladesh
  • Chad
  • Iran
  • Mali
  • Pakistan
  • Cuba
  • Bolivia
  • Syria

U.S. Embassy in Israel

71 HaYarkon Street
Tel Aviv 6343229, Israel
Phone +972 03-519-7575
Il.usembassy.gov

Passports

There is no minimum date requirement, but your authorized stay will not exceed the validity remaining of your passport. Airlines may DECLINE your boarding if your passport has less than six months validity remaining. Your passport should be valid through, October 28, 2018 to be certain you are allowed on the plane.

Banks and ATMS

Israeli banks are open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 1pm. They are closed Fridays and Saturdays. ATMs links to international banking networks are widespread in Israel, and some dispense US dollars and euros.

Currency

Israeli’s currency is the new Israeli shekel (NIS).

To see an example of the conversion to USD to NIS, please click here.

Exchange

Cash can be changed at banks, exchange offices, and hotels. Note that rates vary and, in Israel, it is best to use a licensed exchange or post office, which don’t charge a commission.

Credit/Debit Cards

Major credit cards, such as VISA and MasterCard, are widely accepted throughout Israel in shops, restaurants, and hotels. Debit cards are rarely used for purchase but can be used in ATMs. International Fees may be charged – contact your bank or card issuer for more details.

Phone Codes

The country code for Israel is 972. Area codes: Jerusalem (02); Tel Aviv (03)

WhatsApp App Free Calling & Texting:
To make free calls and send free texts in Israel, the WhatsApp app is recommended. It allows you to communicate through Wi-Fi with other WhatsApp users*. This includes group texting.

*Please note, data charges may apply. Contact your provider for details.

For additional information, visit here.

Phones (Israel)

Rent cell phones with local sim cards at the airport. Rental rates start at $1 per day, plus cost of calls. You can also buy a local sim and pay-as-you-go. To dial abroad use the international access codes 012, 013 or 014.

Internet

Internet cafés are rare in Israel, but free Wi-Fi is in bars and restaurants. Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem and Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv have free Wi-Fi, and hotels and hostels either offer access to Wi-Fi of computers.

Police and Security Forces

Special tourists police are posted at major sites throughout the region; report any problems to them. Israel police wear navy blue, and border police wear grey. Armed personnel are ever-present, especially in the Old City.

Documentation

Carry your passport with you at all times. It is required when crossing into the West Bank, and to gain admittance to some museums.

Theft

Visitors to the region rarely encounter crime and in general, Israelis and Arabs are extremely honest. To minimize risk, do not leave valuables in full view in hotel rooms and never leave them unattended inside a car. In case of theft, remember to get a police report to make an insurance claim.

Please note, The Hilton Tel Aviv provides safety deposit boxes and The Mamilla provides electronic safes for personal belongings.

Taxes and Tipping

In Israel, it is customary to leave a 10-15 percent tip for good service.

Tel Aviv Health Care Information

Locations close to the Hilton Tel Aviv

Super Pharm Dizengoff (7 min walk)
Address: Dizengoff St 208
Phone: +972 77-888-2200
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 08:00 – 23:00, Friday 08:00 – 18:00, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00
Super-pharm.co.il

Superpharm London Minister (14 min drive)
Address: 4 Shaul Hamelech Blvd
Phone: +972 77-888-0390
Hours: 24 Hours
Super-pharm.co.il

Ichilov Hospital (15 min drive)
Address: Weizmann St 6
Phone: +972 3-697-4000
Hours: 24 Hours
Tasmc.org.il

During Shabbat there is a pharmacy on duty which always changes, so in case of an emergency, please check with the hotel concierge.

Jerusalem Health Care Information

Locations close to Hotel Mamilla

Superpharm Mamilla Mall (5 min walk)
Address: 9 King Solomon Street
Phone: +972 77-888-1450
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 08:00 – 24:00, Friday 08:00 – 4:00 PM, Saturday Closed
Super-pharm.co.il

Terem Urgent Care (15 min drive)
Address: Dani’el Yanovski St 6
Phone: +972 1599-520520
Hours: Daily 08:30 – 24:00
Terem.com

Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem (20 min drive)
Address: Kiryat Hadassah, POB 12000
Phone: 02-677-7111 or +972 2-650-0670
Hours: 24 Hours
Hadassah.ru

THINGS TO AVOID

Inappropriate Dress

All religious places require visitors to dress suitably; shorts and bare shoulders are not acceptable. Head coverings are usually provided at religious sites. Wearing inappropriate clothing is considered disrespectful, and will result in entrance being denied. Also dress modestly when visiting Islamic and Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

Pubic Displays of Affection

Jerusalem is much more conservative than the rest of secular Israel, and in Orthodox areas segregation of the sexes is customary. Intimate physical contact in public is taboo in Arab regions, with the exception of some Sinai beaches. Kissing or even holding hands can cause offense.

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