VISIT

Tourist Information

LANGUAGE

Israel’s official languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

Most Israelis speak English, and most of the signposts are also in English.

The official language of the Symposium is English.

WEATHER & CLOTHING

February is winter in Israel. Temperatures in Tel Aviv range between 8-18°C 46-64°F.

Dress will be informal throughout Fair.

CURRENCY

The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS), commonly known as the Shekel.

The Shekel consists of 100 Agorot.

As of January 2020

1 US$ = approximately NIS 3.5

1 EUR = approximately NIS 3.8

Exchange rates are fluctuating daily.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity in Israel is supplied at 220V, 50Hz and has a three-pin connecting plug.

VALUE ADDED TAX REIMBURSEMENT

According to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law, a foreign tourist is able to benefit from a zero rate of VAT on a vast array of services obtained during a stay in Israel. In addition, a special arrangement exists whereby a tourist may also request a VAT refund on purchases made during a stay. For more details please visit the official website of the Ministry of Finance, Israeli Department of Customs and VAT.

VISA

Some participants may require a visa to travel to Israel. Visa regulations depend on participants’ nationality and country of origin. To find out if you need to obtain a visa, please click here. For the most updated information regarding visa requirements, we strongly suggest that participants consult the Israeli embassy or consulate in their home country or via a travel agency for specific details relating to visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.

FLIGHTS

The best way to travel to Israel is by air. There are regular direct flights from major cities in Europe and North America, as well as from a number of Asian cities to Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion International Airport. For further details please contact Ms. Anna Cheinin anna@ortra.com or +972-3-6384450/447.

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION

TAXI

Taxis are readily available at the airport. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a private or shared service. Taxis can be found right outside the Arrival Hall of the airport. Taxi services are regulated and the Taxi companies at BGN operate under permission.

TRAIN

The train station is located on Level S of the Landside Building, adjacent to the Arrival Hall. The train will take you to the Hahagana Station in Tel Aviv from where you will need a Taxi to reach your hotel. The cost of the train is about 15 NIS and the cost of the Taxi is about 40 NIS.

BUS

Public transportation services are located in the three-story bridge on the second floor, next to Gates 21 and 23. Line 445 runs from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Terminal 3, to the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv from where you will need a Taxi to reach your hotel. The cost of the bus is about 10 NIS and the cost of the Taxi is about 40 NIS.

CAR CENTER

The car rental companies’ counters are located on the first floor of the East Gallery in the Arrival Hall. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Kindly take into your consideration parking fees of about 50 NIS per day in Dan Panorama Hotel parking lot.

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