Banks, Currency and Money Exchange
Most banks are open from 8:30 am until 12 noon Sunday to Thursday, and 4-6pm on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Fridays and Jewish holiday eves, banks are open from 8:30 am until 12 noon. All banks are closed on Shabbat. The currency in Israel is New Israel Shekel (NIS). We recommend using the local currency. Most expenses in Israel may be paid with major credit cards. The current (June 2018) exchange rates are 1 US dollar = 3.63 NIS, and 1 Euro = 4.20 NIS.
Transport in Israel
Israel is a small country, and it is therefore easy to get from one place to another in a relatively short time. Public transportation is convenient, and you can get to almost any destination for a reasonable price. Israel Railways operates convenient, inexpensive train service. It is also possible to travel by taxi, but this is more expensive, particularly for inter-city trips. It’s therefore preferable to use shared service taxis. Several companies provide domestic flights between Eilat and Ben Gurion Airport or Sde Dov Airport in north Tel Aviv. Buses are the most popular form of public transport in Israel for both local transport and intercity trips. The Egged bus company operates most of the intercity bus lines, including Tel Aviv-Eilat, as well as the local service in most of the large cities and towns. Local and intercity transport in Tel Aviv and the surrounding suburbs is provided by the bus companies. The fare for all bus lines is reasonable, the busses are comfortable and air conditioned; there is regular, frequent service. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths in the central bus station in each city or town, or from the driver. Most of the bus lines do not run on Shabbat or on Jewish holidays, but in Eilat busses run seven days a week. Students are entitled to discounts on intercity bus lines. To receive a discount they must present an international student card when purchasing tickets.
Electrical equipment in Israel is 220 volt A.C., single phase, 50 cycles. Some appliances may require a plug adapter that can be purchased locally.
English is widely spoken in Israel and is the official language of the ENT 9.
Smoking tobacco products is banned on public transport and in all publicly accessible buildings, including hotels, restaurants, shops etc.
A goods and services Tax (VAT) of 17% applies in Israel, Eilat excluded. According to Value Added Tax (VAT) laws, a tourist is entitled, when departing Israel, to a refund of the VAT he/she paid when purchasing merchandise in Israel, if the tourist purchased them from a business that was approved by the Minister of Tourism, if the merchandise is in his/her hands at the time of departure, if he/she has a legal tax invoice, and if he/she paid the costs for the VAT refund. For more information:
Climate and Clothing
In March the daytime temperatures average 23°C (76F). Night time temperatures average 13°C (64F). Clothing is informal for all occasions.
Israel time zone is Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours.
The country code for Israel is +972
All visitors are required to have a valid passport, and for some countries, a visa is required. For more information please contact your nearest Embassy, Consulate or local travel agency well in advance. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.
We strongly recommend you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses.The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to conference participants (or their accompanying persons), either during, or as a result of the conference.