U.S. citizens traveling to Israel do not need a visa. However, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date you are departing Israel for your return home.
If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, be sure to pack enough to last your entire trip, as well as a little extra in the event of unexpected delays. Carry each medication in its original container with the label and pack it in your carry-on bag. Travelers’ diarrhea and/or upset stomachs are the most common conditions for tourists. It is recommended to bring Imodium AD and/or chewable Pepto Bismol tablets.
NOTE: Some religious/holy sites require your knees and shoulders to be covered (applies to both men & women) – a scarf is recommended.
Temperatures in Israel average between 50 – 80F during the spring and fall, and 70 – 90F during the summer. Jerusalem is slightly cooler while Galilee and the Dead Sea region are warmer. As you get closer to your departure date, we recommend that you add Jerusalem and Tiberias to your weather app to get the forecast and current temperatures.
Most of the major U.S. cell phone carriers offer a “Travel Pass,” which allows you to use your domestic plan for an additional $10/day. If you do not want to get charged for using your phone, put your phone in airplane mode before you arrive in Israel. Each hotel and the tour bus will have free Wi-Fi available.
The electrical current in Israel is 220 volts with a Type H power socket. If you want to use shavers, curling irons, hairdryers, and other small appliances you will need both a power converter and an adapter. For small electronics, such as phones and tablets, you will only need an adaptor. Power converters can be purchased at most retailers; be sure to check whether or not the power converter is made for appliances like hairdryers and curling irons. Most of the hotels in Israel have hairdryers in each room.
In general, the dress in Israel is very casual. Modest shorts or jeans are acceptable at several tourist sites. Some holy sites require more modest clothing, particularly for women. Short skirts, shorts, tight pants/leggings, low cut or sleeveless tops should be avoided. Women should cover their shoulders, knees, and chest. We recommend that women carry a scarf or lightweight cardigan to cover up if necessary. Men should wear pants or shorts at or below the knees. Your guide will let you know which days to wear more modest clothing.
If you would like to be part of the baptismal service in the Jordan River, you will need to take a change of clothes. Either a one-piece bathing suit or tank top and shorts may be used while getting baptized. A plastic bag is convenient for storing your wet clothes. At the baptismal site, there are facilities for you to change your clothes. You may also rent or purchase towels and white gowns for the event. Your guide will advise you in advance regarding the day of the baptismal service.
The airline will allow each person to check one suitcase weighing 50lbs or less for your international flight. You may have one small carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a purse or laptop bag, onboard with you. Any carry-on bags and personal items must be able to fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. Over-sized carry-on bags will be checked by the gate agent. Domestic carriers may charge for checked luggage.
You will walk an average of three to five miles per day on this tour. This walking is done in small increments throughout the day and you will have frequent opportunities to rest if needed. If you are not accustomed to this amount of exercise, start walking a little each day to prepare yourself. We recommend properly breaking in any shoes you plan to wear before departing on the tour.
The currency in Israel is the Israeli Shekel (NIS). You WILL NOT need to exchange dollars to Shekels. The dollar is widely used and accepted.
ATMs are available; however, you will only receive the local currency. Notify your bank or credit card company if you plan to make purchases with your debit or credit card.
Make sure you are wearing your name badge – this aids in identifying you with your group!
Go through customs and passport control, then collect your luggage.
If you have missing or damaged luggage, fill out paperwork with the airline before leaving the baggage claim area.
Exit baggage claim area, watch for “Elias Tours” signs – guides will remain in the area to locate guests.
Follow guide instructions for transferring to the bus and loading luggage.