Travel advice for Israel.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Israel.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Shekel ILS

Currency exchange rate

ILS 100 = ~ CHF 29.75 ; CHF 1 = ~ ILS 3.36 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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National language

Official language

Hebrew and Arabic

Language capabilities

English, German and French

Capital

Jerusalem (Yerushalayim)

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / 3-pronged plug

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
For travelers travelling to Arab countries (except Egypt and Jordan) it is recommended to let stamp only the entry permit and not the passport.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Tel Aviv, 228 Rue Hayarkon
Tel. +972 3 546 44 55

Opening hours

Banks

8.30 - 12.00 h and 16.00 - 17.30 h (Sun, Tue, Thu)
8.30 - 12.00 h (Mon, Wed)

Stores

9.00 - 13.00 h and 16.00 - 19.00 h (Sun - Thu)
8.00 - 13.00 h (Fri)

Driving
  • Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals if obtained at least 1 year previously, varies by rental company.

  • International driver's licence recommended.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 (varies by rental company).

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

Health situation

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles recommended.

Cultural characteristics

Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 1h

Other information

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Across the country, there is a risk of violence.

  • Travel to the West Bank and Gaza Strip (including Israeli settlements) strongly not advised. Travel to the border area with Libanon is not advised. Travel to the border area with Egypt along highway 10 is not advised due to unrest. Mine fields dot the border areas and the Golan Heights occupied by Israel.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

Special legal regulations

Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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