Israel: Fast Facts and Tips

The following carriers fly direct from North America to Israel:

El Al offers daily service, but does not fly on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset). It serves New York (Kennedy and Newark airports), Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore/Washington, Miami and Orlando, Fla.


Call (212) 768-9200 or (800) 223-6700; Web site www.elal.co.il.

Tower Air departs for Tel Aviv from Kennedy airport in New York daily except Fridays. It offers six nonstop flights and two via Athens, Greece, in both directions.
Call (718) 553-8500 or (800) 34-TOWER.

TWA flies nonstop from Kennedy to Tel Aviv; almost all return flights are nonstop. The agent help desk number is (800) 275-4892 or call (800) 221-2000.

Air Canada operates five weekly nonstops between Tel Aviv and Toronto.
Call (800) 869-9000, Web site www.aircanada.ca.

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Currency

The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is divided into 100 agorot. Bills are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 shekels; coins are for 1, 5 or 10 agorot and for NIS 1.

Current

The electric current is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 cycles. Sockets are usually three-pronged. Travel with a transformer and adapters for necessary appliances.

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Travelers hate it when bad weather spoils a trip. Don't forget this selling point when discussing Israel with you client.

You can offer tourists to Israel guarantees against rain for most of the year. Rain is rare in the Holy Land's southern regions at any time of the year, and desert temperatures there can range from 70 to 100 degrees F.

In the rest of the country, where temperatures average from 60 to 90 year-round, it rains only a little in the winter, usually for a few hours a day, a couple days a week. And it does not rain at all between April and October.

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