Frequently Asked Questions
Nothing to worry about. Real life in Israel is calm and normal. There are areas where once every few years there is tension but nothing more.
The state of Israel is well-secured due to its religious sensitivity. There are lots of security guards and Israeli police (Uniformed and undercover). However, if there will be any warning or security tension we will know about it in advance and act accordingly.
In recent years, Israel has become a safer country than France, Britain, and Germany. Israeli security forces have the strongest sophistication in the world. Ask those who already visited Israel and rely less on the news.
Yes. In Israel, there are a lot of holy places for all religions. Before a trip to the Old City of Jerusalem or places of worship around the country, it is customary to wear long pants and shoulder covers for women.
During the summer the temperatures can get up to 110 F (Short sleeves, swimsuits, hat, etc.) but always bring Jackets if you planning to spend evenings in the mountains (eg Jerusalem). During the winter time, from November to March the minimum temperatures start at 29 F in the mountains and 44 F on the coastline (eg Tel Aviv). Read more.
Unfortunately not yet. The Michelin Guide does not cover Israel for unclear reasons. It does not mean that Israel doesn’t have great restaurants. Israel offers an amazing variety of excellent chef restaurants.
No. There is no need to get in a tie. In Israel there is an emphasis on quality food and a good atmosphere, wear whatever you want most comfortably.
If you are a couple or a small family who comes to Israel and your destination is Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, then it is better to sleep in these cities. Usually, tourists who stay in places like Bethlehem and Ramallah come in large groups and have a local bus driver who knows the roads. The prices there are relatively cheaper. However, you’ll be at a great distance from the sites Israel has to offer. quite a few times there are traffic jams at the exit from the West Bank at the checkpoints.
Definitely yes! Petra, located in the Kingdom of Jordan is about two hours drive from the Rabin Border Crossing. With the help of My Israel Guide, you can make a daily trip to Petra and return to Israel the same day. It is also possible to spend a few days in Jordan with accommodation contact us for more details.
The currency in Israel is Shekel or NIS (New Israeli Shekel) or ILS. The value of one US dollar is more or less 3.5 NIS. Check the current rate
Yes and no. Depending on where. Hotels, guides, taxi drivers, and maybe souvenir shops-yes, but most local stores will only receive shekels or credit cards. 99% of businesses in Israel receive credit cards. In Bethlehem and the Old City of Jerusalem, the situation is a bit different, over there everyone receives dollars however they don’t accept credit cards. Our recommendation is to be prepared in a pocket with a few hundred shekels and a few hundred dollars at the same time.
The Western Wall Tunnels are one of the best attractions in Israel (for kids and adults). You have to order tickets in advance here or contact us and we will build an itinerary for you so the rest of your day will not go to waste. The Western Wall Tunnels is about an hour and a half long and have local English-speaking guides. Be aware that if you are claustrophobic then it’s better if you will wait outside because most of the tour takes place in narrow hallways with low ceilings. The tour takes you to the underground excavations