What's the weather like in Israel?
Seasons overlap a little in Israel and so by following this advice you can be sure that you will pack for the "right" weather!
SPRING (Late March - May)
During the day, the temperature is very pleasant - around 65-70°:, though is can still be hot in the Dead Sea and Eilat areas. You may experience some rain, though nothing too serious. It can be cooler in the evenings in the north and Jerusalem - approx 45°:.
SUMMER (June - early September)
Temperatures in the high 80s, 90s. Humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias (like New York or Miami). Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot (110°:+!)...but dry. You will NOT get rain in summer in Israel!
FALL (Late September - November)
Same as SPRING
WINTER (December - early March)
Fluctuation is the key word here. Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow sometimes. Temperatures will be in the 50s, 60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills - and very cold at night. Pack layers to cover all weathers!
Do I need a Passport to travel to Israel?
Absolutely - and you need to have at LEAST 6 months validity left on your passport from your planned date of DEPARTURE from Israel. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to visit Israel - just a valid passport. Visitors from most European countries, Mexico, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and many other countries also do not need visas.
Do I need any vaccinations?
No vaccinations or shots are required for U.S. or Canadian visitors to Israel. (If you've visited a country prior to coming to Israel where cholera, typhoid or yellow fever is endemic, you will need a vaccination certificate.) Visitors are urged to bring sufficient quantities of any medications which they take regularly as not all medicines are available. Anyone requiring unexpected medical attention, however, can be assured that the level of medicine practiced in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank with the very best in Europe or the United States.
What's the local currency?
The New Israeli Shekel (NIS), comprising 100 agorot, is the local currency. US dollars and various European currencies can be freely traded and are widely accepted, with change made in NIS. Travelers’' checks are also widely accepted. Israeli currency can be re-converted in airport or border banks at the end of your stay