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What language is spoken in Israel?

The official languages of Israel are Hebrew, now referred to as Israeli, and Arabic.

Is English spoken throughout Israel?

English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, it is not to be assumed every resident you meet will be able to converse in the language. 

What currency is used in Israel?

The currency used throughout the country is the Israeli new shekel. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are commonplace in Israel, dispensing local currency.

Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Israel?

A visa is not required when travelling from Canada or the United States as a tourist for up to 90 days. A valid passport is mandatory. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Israel.

When is the best time to travel to Israel?

The best time to visit Israel is either between April and May or between October and November as this is when temperatures are warm and not too hot throughout the country. 

Is there transportation within Israel?

The most common forms of transportation in the country are via taxis and buses. There are also some train services between major cities. Organized tours using large motor coaches continue to be the most common although car rentals are available.

Is Israel a family friendly destination?

Rich with culture and history, Israel can be a wonderful learning experience for the whole family. Whether it be exploring the Old City of Jerusalem or floating in the Dead Sea, there is something for everyone. ‘A fast paced country with a laid back attitude’ says it all. 

How welcoming is Israel to LGBTQ travellers ?

Israel in general, and Tel Aviv specifically, is a welcoming LGBTQ travel destination. Tel Aviv is known internationally for being one of the most welcoming cities for gay tourists. However, like most other Middle East nations, conservative beliefs still exist throughout much of Israel. All visitors are asked to understand cultural sensitivities at sites of antiquity, as well as during day-to-day touring. 

What vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Israel ? 

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Israel, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations, particularly in regards to malaria prophylactics.



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