Basic Things You Need To Know About Travelling in Israel

Israel is a small, gorgeous country in the Middle East. It is bordered by various nations which includes: Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Visa Data

Taking a tour to Israel from the United States or other Western region? You probably won’t need a visa before entry into Israel. Also  integrated on this ruling is Argentina, Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, Japan and a few others. It should be noted however, that if you are a German resident born earlier than January 1, 1928, you need to fill an application for a visa for travelling in Israel before entering the country.

Official Language

The formal languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic, but don’t worry! English is not only comprehended by many locals, but you will be surprised to find out that it can be spoken throughout the country. In the bigger cities, street, freeway and business markers could be found in English and Hebrew or Arabic.

Holidays and the Sabbath

When you are travelling in Israel, it is important to remember the Jewish calendar and the festivals in mind. This is because activities in the country can take a break depending on the holiday or festival being celebrated. Holidays also include general public transportation.

Also important to observe is the Sabbath, which occurs in between sunset on Friday and sunset on Saturday. In the course of the Sabbath, there is no train or bus service in Israel (except in very few places). You must be willing to drive yourself or hail a taxi otherwise, buckle down until the Sabbath has ended.

Photography Limitations

When you are travelling in Israel, be aware of the photography restrictions. Photography is strictly forbidden at the Western Wall throughout the Sabbath and on some national celebrations. There are also restrictions concerning photographing navy installations and police stations. A lot of religious people of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths don’t like getting their pictures taken, especially when they are praying.

With such a lot of things to see and do, it is best to fix your itinerary ahead before you travelling in Israel to ensure that you make the most of your time you will be spending there.

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