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Travel information about Israel

Israel is a nation located in the Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea and has always been a captivating tourist destination. The total area is 20,770–22,072 km2 (8,019–8,522 sq mi) and a population of approximately 8,770,680. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel where it’s called by the Christians and Muslims as the “Holy Land”. Mountains, deserts, and valleys are all found in this place of the Middle East.

Capital city of Israel: Jerusalem

Closest neighbors to Israel: Israel share borders with Lebanon in northeast, Syria and Jordan in east, Palestine, and Egypt in southwest.

Best times to visit Israel: Best time to visit Israel is during spring (April to May) or autumn (September to October) where the temperatures are high yet not overwhelming.

How to get to Israel: There are direct flights from Europe and North America to Tel Aviv. One can also travel via land borders from Jordan and Egypt.

Visa requirements for Israel: Visa is not required up to 90 days for British, Canadians, Australians, Americans, and other European countries though a passport is required valid for 6 months upon entry and a return ticket.

Currency of Israel: New Israeli shekel (ILS) is the currency of Israel.

Official Language of Israel: The official languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Israel

There are 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Israel and 18 on their tentative list.

  • Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee (2008)
  • Biblical Tels – Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba (2005)
  • Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves (2014)
  • Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev (2005)
  • Masada (2001)
  • Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal (2015)
  • Old City of Acre (2001)
  • Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves (2012)
  • White City of Tel-Aviv — the Modern Movement (2003)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.