Question regarding traveling to the State of Israel, a Middle Eastern country home to the holy sites of many religions

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How likely is it for Israeli airport security to withhold my laptop and send it on later?

I’ll be visiting Jordan and Israel soon in a guided (recreational) group tour. The group will be some 20 people in size. The organiser gave us beautiful leaflets on what to expect in the countries we ...
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Least expensive way for a tourist to get cash in Israel? [duplicate]

What is the least expensive way for an American tourist in Israel to get cash? The options seem to be: Debit card - but there are withdrawal fees, often 5% or more. Credit card - but interest ...
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Getting cash in Israel (least expensive way) [duplicate]

What is the least expensive way for an American tourist in Israel to get cash? The options seem to be: Debit card - but there are withdrawal fees, often 5% or more. Credit card - but interest ...
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Can airport security in Israel force me to provide my access credentials to laptop or online accounts?

I've read that going through airport security at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport can sometimes be a nightmare. Being asked a bunch of questions and having someone going through your every ...
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How long are lines in Tel Aviv airport

Is two hours before flight time early enough to show up at the Tel Aviv airport for a mid-morning, El Al flight to the States on a typical Wednesday? Or are the lines there so long that three hours ...
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Data connection while in Israel

Is there a cost effective way getting a data connection (sim card) for a mobile phone for 3 weeks while I am in Israel? So that I can read emails, and make use of google maps on my phone?
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Is there in the world trails like Israel National Trail? [closed]

In Israel there is something called Israel National Trail (Hebrew: שביל ישראל‎, Shvil Yisra'el). It is a trail that goes from the north of the country to the south in about 1000 km. A trail where you ...
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Is there an ATM at Tel-Aviv airport?

A few years ago I saw money changers (costly) in the Tel Aviv airport but not a money machine (kash-po-mat). Is there a money machine at the airport? If so, where is it and does it charge the same as ...
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How common is public wifi in major cities in Israel?

How widespread is public wifi in hotels, public places, coffee shops, trains, buses, or even whole cities in Israel? Also, are they generally password protected (like many coffee shops in the USA)?
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cheapest way from Hussein bridge to Tel Aviv , Israel

I am looking for transport from the border crossing in Hussein bridge to Tel Aviv. The most important factor is price.
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Indoor swimming in Tel Aviv. Israel?

Often hotels with swimming pools will let non-guests purchase a pass to their pool but it can be pricey. Sometimes there are municipal swimming pools that do not make it to the guide books but which ...
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What would be an example of a currently possible overland route from Europe to Israel?

Given the problems between Israel and several of its neighbours added to the problems in several Middle East countries due to the Arab Spring, and perhaps some other closed borders or unsafe ...
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How to tip in Israel?

What's the proper etiquette for tipping in taxis, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers, etc.? See equivalent question for the US. I've heard many different opinions online and during my travels, so I'm a ...
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Is it possible to avoid getting an Israeli passport stamp?

I was talking with my friend the other day, and we're trying to figure out her situation. She is Lebanese by origin, born in Saudi Arabia and lived there for more than 10 years, and has both a ...
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Is it possible to carry pepper spray for self-defense? [closed]

I want to carry pepper spray with me when traveling for self-defense purposes only. Is there a way to be allowed to do that or is there any official document that allows me to safely travel with ...
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How long may I stay in Israel after my A2 visa expires?

My A2 student visa will be expired by 7th dec. I would leave Israel by 12th dec. May I stay in Israel these days without visa. Is there any difficulties I will face during my departure time?
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Trying to find a specific restaurant in Jerusalem

I was in Israel for the first time about 10 years ago. I have a vivid memory of that trip, in which my father took me and my sister to get real Israeli schwarma for the first time and it was sooo ...
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Entry as tourist with intent to stay as student [closed]

If you enter a country as a visa-waived tourist but plan to stay as a student and obtain the longer term student visa once in the country can/will the country prevent you from entering as a tourist? ...
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Cheapest way of getting from Tel Aviv to Amman as an Israeli citizen?

Is it possible for an Israeli citizen to get from Tel Aviv to Amman for less than $400 (cost of a direct round-trip flight)? I see that there is relatively straightforward border crossing through ...
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Beef jerky to Israel

For the purposes of customs, is beef jerky considered a raw meat product? In other words, can I bring beef jerky from the US to Israel?
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Where can I find customs/import fees for Israel?

Where can I find the fees applicable for entering Israel (and declaring) more than the exempt amount of personal products (foodstuffs). I've found in multiple locations that I can bring up to $200 ...
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Can I pay tips with credit card in Israel (just like in US)

I've asked a couple of times in restraunts but I guess I failed to explained what I actually want after all. So, my question is - can I ask to include tips to the bill in Israel or should I instead ...
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How do I know when to use an adapter or a transformer? (Israel)

Israel uses a different plug shape than used in America, as well as a different voltage for power outlets (if I'm not mistaken, Israel uses 220V, while USA 110V). I could use an adapter like this ...
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How can I get to Mike Brant's grave?

Mike Brant, the famous singer is buried in Haifa. According to Wikipedia the cemetery is called "Camp David". Could someone tell me where exactly it is and how I can get there from the German ...
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How much should I worry about the 6 month rule on passport validity for visiting Israel?

I have reservations on El Al to travel from JFK to Israel on July 5th and return on July 15th. My US passport expires on January 10, 2016. The airline told me that they would not let me board ...
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Where near the Dead Sea can you most likely get to see a Hyrax?

I am planning to visit the Dead Sea, and from what I have gathered through online research, Ein Gedi is the place where I can find high end hotels. I am actually hoping to get a close look at Hyrax ...
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Does one need a permit for personal photography in Tel Aviv Yafo?

I was looking though some websites and came across permit requirements on Tel Aviv Municipality site and Filming in the Tel Aviv site. These sites mention that permits may be needed for photography in ...
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International transfer in Tel Aviv?

In the airport in Tel Aviv (Ben Guirion) I noticed a sign for "international transfer passengers". This piqued my curiosity... is there actually a "city pair" (with both cities outside of Israel) ...
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How easy is it to exchange US dollars to shekels in Israel?

In past years, it was easy to exchange US dollars for shekels in Jerusalem. Many small retail stores did money changing on the side. Is that still true? How much better is the unofficial exchange ...
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If I get a tourist visa to Israel prior to traveling can I still get denied entry to Israel?

I heard that it's always a good idea -regardless of your destination- to get a visa to the country you traveling to prior to your travel even if it was the case that you can get a visa upon arrival as ...
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Will a UAE stamp in my passport cause problems entering Israel?

I will be traveling to Israel soon and am concerned because some colleagues have suggested that the visa stamps in my passport from the United Arab Emirates (eg Dubai) might cause me difficulties on ...
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How long are you supposed to stay out of Israel after your 3 month tourist visa has expired in order to get another tourist visa? [duplicate]

How long are you supposed to stay out of Israel after your 3 month tourist visa has expired in order to get another tourist visa? I am Chilean citizen and I tried to get a meeting for extending my ...
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Activities to do with children in and near Jerusalem in the summer, especially to avoid the heat?

What is there to do in Jerusalem in the summer months with 4 year old and 10 year old boys. I am looking for activities to avoid the heat and sun that is present much of the day. I will be evaluating ...
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Israel tourist visa renewal

How long are you supposed to stay out of Israel after your 3 month tourist visa has expired in order to get another tourist visa? I'm a U.S. citizen, if it matters.
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I would like to visit Israel. How can I work or visit after that in UAE?

I would like to visit Israel. How can I work or visit after that in UAE? I have an Indian Passport.
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English in Israel and Palestine

Seeing as Hebrew is a very tiny language, just like Swedish, are Israelis in general good at English, so a tourist like myself can make it? I've noticed that if the language is not used ...
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Re-entry into Israel as tourist (Australian citizen)

I am Australian and I plan to visit Israel on a tourist visa for three months from end of May to end of August. I will be travelling out of Israel to Copenhagen third week of August for six days and ...
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Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays?

Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays? I got different answers for my question every time I ask. Can somebody with real experience help?
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One way trip from Tel Aviv to Petra and more in Jordan?

I am planning a short winter vacation in Israel and the (award) flight back I found goes through Amman and so I thought I would visit Petra and perhaps more on the way back cos why not. So, I will be ...
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Expired Israeli student visa - returning to Israel on this?

I am a U.S citizen and have an expired Israeli student visa which I used to study in Israel for two years. I now plan to go back for another year of study. Will I be able to enter the country on my ...
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Is it safe to travel to Jerusalem?

I would travel in an organised group at the time around Easter. I would like to do some sightseeing, but wouldn't insist on anything even remotely dangerous. I'm not sure about the arrangement yet, ...
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What's the emergency number (the 911 equivalent) in Israel?

I'm planning on traveling to Israel at some point or another, and I don't know the emergency services number. What is the Israeli equivalent of the American 911, or the British 999?
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Re-entering Israel as a tourist after student visa expires? [duplicate]

My husband and I are British nationals living in Israel with student and spouse visas. Our visas expire on 3rd December 2014, and we have been unable to get an appointment to renew them before January ...
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Mobile connectivity in Israel, in and outside small and large cities?

What is mobile connectivity like in Israel, especially outside the cities but also in the smaller cities? For example, will I be able to use GetTaxi, the Israeli equivalent of Uber, at the Beit ...
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Good places to visit Dead Sea on the Israeli side

I have never been to Dead Sea, and I'm planning to visit there during an Israel trip I'm planning. Are there any specific "spots" that are popular entry points to the sea? I'm a good swimmer but I'm ...
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Iran visa after having visited Israel

I'm considering going to Iran this summer so I'm reading the wikivoyage article which states Entry will be refused to citizens of Israel and foreign travellers with any evidence of visiting ...
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Are taxis available on the Israel side of the northern crossing to Jordan?

After touring in Jordan, my guide will let me off on the Jordan side of the Beit She’an / Sheik Hussein – Northern border crossing (between Tiberias and Jerash). Is there a taxi stand on the Israel ...
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Tourist Visa to Israel for Indian Students studying in the US

I have to travel to Israel for a short trip on my Indian Visa. I'm currently studying in the US on an F-1 Visa. I read that I need a tourist visa to travel to Israel. What are the steps I need to take ...
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How safe the neighborhood around the Leonardo Hotel in east Jerusalem? [closed]

Have there been news reports in the past few months of stone throwing, knife attacks and the like along the route from Mea Sharim to the Leonardo Hotel at 9 Saint George Street, 97200 in east ...
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Are you likely to be asked for medical travel insurance when visiting Israel as a Russian citizen?

I'm going to visit Israel for a couple of days. I am a Russian citizen and don't need to get a visa. How high is the probability that I'll be requested to show any kind of medical travel insurance? ...