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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 She’...
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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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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? ...
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I am in Israel after 90 days without a visa, can I get in trouble for this?

Without judgement, please, I need help. I am in Israel at the moment and have been here for longer than 90 days, surpassing my allowed 90 day allowance. Am I going to get in trouble when I go to get ...
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Is it possible to travel to Israel if it's not recognised by your passport's country?

I'm wondering if it's possible for passport holders of countries that do not recognise other countries to travel to that particular country. Israel is not recognised by the Malaysian passport, so ...
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Are there any Verizon smartphones that work in Israel?

I know all the new 4G phones have GSM radios, but I heard that many (or maybe even all) of Verizon's smartphones make it so certain capabilities - specifically, data - don't work with international ...
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As an Israeli with dual EU citizenship, which passport to use to go to Jordan?

I have a very distinctive Jewish name and a dual Israeli-EU citizenship. I wonder what is the safest way to go to visit Jordan. With my Israeli passport, as an Israeli, I would be probably looked ...
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Are there any repercussions from having an Israeli stamp in my passport?

I have heard people say that having a stamp from Israel in your passport can cause problems when trying to get into other countries. Is there any truth to this statement? If so, which countries does ...
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Transit visa required in Paris, France? [duplicate]

I'm flying from Singapore to Tel Aviv, Israel and will be transiting in Paris, France for about 2.5 hours via Air France. Do I need to apply transit visa? Going back time is from Israel to Rome, ...
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Re-entering Israel after Student Visa expires?

My multiple entry student visa was issued on June 25th, 2012 and expires on June 24th, 2013. I entered Israel on August 26th, 2012. I am planning to leave Israel on June 13th (to Poland) and return ...
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Cheap way to get from Israel to Hong Kong

I want to fly from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong. I searched Kayak and so on. I wonder: Do travel agents have cheaper offers which I cannot find on the Internet? Is there any cheaper way to get near Hong-...
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Single travelling in Sep-Oct - which destination: China, Russia, Barcelona + Portugal, or Cuba?

I'm Israeli. I get 3 weeks vacation from work during Sep-Oct 12. I want to travel overseas (for now alone). I thought to use the relatively long vacation to get further away than nearby Europe. Does ...
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Travel from Tel-Aviv, Israel to Thessaloniki, Greece

I want to get from TLV to Thessaloniki, Greece on 21-24/June. What is the cheapest way?
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Being denied entry to Israel due to political activism?

I love Israel as a country and culture, but I am very skeptical of what's going on there with the Palestinians. I have a few Jewish/Israeli friends, and political discussions easily turn heated – e.g. ...
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Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?

This, to me strange, topic has come up a few times lately, usually about Iran not being a middle eastern country. In fact it just came up in the chat room but pretty regularly when chatting to people ...
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American citizen, resident in Israel, getting student visa for France

My family and I (American citizens) have been living in France on tourist visas for the past 87 (88?) days. We plan on staying in France long term. But as you might know, we have to leave the country ...
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Applying for a Schengen visa from Greek embassy with an expired resident visa in Israel?

I'm Philippines passport holder and currently living in Israel. A few months ago my resident permit expired and I'm ready to go back home for good. My question is - can I apply for a Schengen visa in ...
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Once in Israel, are tourists allowed to exit to the areas outside of the Israeli responsibility (Palestinian areas)?

My understanding is hazy, but I've been told that to get from certain parts to others, like Jerusalem to Bethlehem, you may need to cross non-Israeli-controlled areas. Does this mean you'd need your ...
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Cheapest way to transfer USD from GB to Israel [closed]

I have a friend who owes me ~600 GB pounds. I have asked him to pay me in USD. What is the cheapest way to transfer the money from the UK to Israel? 1) I have checked Paypal - 3.5% commissin for ...
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Is travelling to the West Bank safe?

I am currently signed up for a trip to Israel and am planning an extension to visit the West Bank, probably Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Bethlehem. Given that Israel recently bombed Syria and Hezbollah is ...
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What is a good town/place to stay at, in order to visit the Dead Sea?

I am wanting to see the Dead Sea. Is there anywhere safe/nice to stay on the Israeli/Palestinian side of the sea? Travel guides I have read recommend travelling from Jerusalem but its circa 40km ...
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What is the best way to travel around Israel and Palestine?

I am want to go to travel around Israel and Palestine (ideally most places other than the Gaza Strip) what is the most practical way to get about? Is it best to hire a car? - I've heard its hard to ...
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Possibility of praying in Masjid Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem)

I will be visiting Jerusalem in a week. Is Israeli government allow to pray in Masjid Al-Aksa? Can I go there freely? Is there anything I should know before I go there?
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Are there restrooms on trains in Israel?

Many trains in Israel travel long distances. I would like to know if there are restrooms on board all trains.
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Will knowledge of Yiddish be useful traveling in Israel?

I am traveling to Israel for the first time this summer, and generally when I go to a country I like to learn a little bit of the language to make navigation easier (and because it's cool). However, ...
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Short layover in CDG between Morocco and Israel

I have a EasyJet flight from Marrakech (Morocco) to Paris CDG. 2H15 later I have an El Al flight to Tel Aviv. It is my understanding (would love some confirmation) that I cannot checkin my luggages ...
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Is it possible see the interiors of the Dome of the Rock?

Is it possible to visit Dome of the Rock for non-muslim tourists these days? Last time I tried was in 2005, and back then it wasn't.