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Israel country information

Israel map
State of Israel
Area: 20,770 sq km
Population: 7,282,000
Population density: 324 per sq km
Capital: Tel Aviv
(Although Israel has named Jerusalem its capital, the United Nations and most countries do not recognise it as Israel's capital; taking the position that the final status of Jerusalem is pending future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. source: wikipedia)
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British No
Australian No
Canadian No
Other EU No


Passport valid for a minimum of six months from date of entry required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note
(a) Former nationals of Israel holding a foreign passport must have written proof of having given up Israeli identity, otherwise they may be required to obtain a new Israeli passport or renew their original one.
(b) Tourists continuing to Arab countries excluding Egypt and Jordan are recommended to request that an Israeli stamp does not appear in their passport. As of July 2008, foreign passports no longer require entry stamps. Instead, tourists should fill out form 17L, which shall be stamped by passport control upon entry/exit. The form 17L will not be collected upon exit as it is necessary for the collection of tax refunds and proof of legal entry.

Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to three months.Instead there is a departure tax of 101 NIS.
Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Nationals are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements if staying for longer than three months or if travelling for business purposes.

Applications to: Consulate (or consular section at embassy). Working Days Required: Approximately two weeks. Some visas will require authorisation from Israel and so it is advisable to contact the embassy before booking travel tickets.
Getting there

By Air
The privatised national airline is El Al Israel Airlines (LY) ( ).

Approximate Flight Times
From London to Tel Aviv is 4 hours 30 minutes and to Eilat is 5 hours. From New York to Tel Aviv 11 hours.

Main Airports
Tel Aviv (TLV)(Ben Gurion International) is 20km (12 miles) southeast of the city. To/from the airport: There are bus services from the airport to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Be'er Sheva and other smaller towns. The airport has a train station located on level five with services into Tel Aviv. There is also a taxi service (journey time - 20 minutes). A shared sherut (taxi service) is available, charging a fixed rate per passenger. The El Al airline bus goes to the airport terminal in Tel Aviv. Departure depends on El Al flights. The best way to travel to Jerusalem, which is 50km (31 miles) away, is by sherut. Facilities: Banks, restaurants, duty-free shops, general shops, tourist information, car hire desks and VIP lounge.

Eilat Central Airport (ETH) is in the centre of the city. To/from the airport: Buses, taxis and limousines are available to the hotel strip and elsewhere in town (journey time - 5 minutes). Facilities: Duty-free shop, light refreshments, a souvenir shop and car hire.

Departure Tax
Included in the ticket price.

By Water
Main ports: Ashdod and Haifa. Foreign craft sailing to Israel may use these ports of entry as well as Eilat and the marinas of Ashkelon, Herzliya and Tel Aviv. There are regular sailings of car/passenger ferries from Haifa to Limassol in Cyprus. The ferry is operated by Rosenfeld Shipping ( Many cruise ships also dock at Israel for excursions to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

By Road
Road access to surrounding countries are limited. To Egypt the main crossing is at Eilat / Taba (open 24 hours). A NIS 101 departure tax is charged at the border when leaving Israel.

To the east, there are many crossing points to and from the Palestinian-controlled West Bank, which it is also possible to enter from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge near Jericho, about 40km (25 miles) from Jerusalem. The Allenby Bridge border is closed at night. EGGED buses and taxi services are also available to the bridge from Jerusalem.

It is also possible to travel in and out of Jordan without entering the West Bank. The Yitzhak Rabin (formerly called Arava) Checkpoint crossing to and from Jordan is situated 4km (3 miles) north of Eilat; closed at night. The Jordan River Crossing (Sheikh Hussein Bridge) to and from Jordan is near Beit She'an, in the north of Israel; closed at night. Transfer of bus or taxi passengers between the Israeli and Jordanian checkpoints is carried out by shuttle service. Transfers on foot are not permitted.

There is no road access between Israel and Syria or Lebanon. Travellers should note that both Syria and Lebanon refuse entry to travellers who have evidence of a visit to Israel in their passport. Evidence can include an Israeli visa, Israeli border stamps or any visa purchased in Israel. It can also include Jordanian or Egyptian border stamps that indicate the traveller crossed to/from Israel. Border authorities will stamp separate slips of paper upon request.

Jordanian visas can be obtained at the Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan River border crossings, but not at the Allenby Bridge border crossing. Travellers crossing Allenby Bridge must arrange their visas in advance, either through a tour operator or in person at a Jordanian embassy or consulate. Officially, mobile telephones are not allowed on buses crossing any border.

Cycling & Maps

Israel Travel Map
by Reise Know How
scale 1:250,000


Cost of living
Food & drink
Bike shops
  Bike shop details and reviews marked with an ¤ are contributions by Shohamit, an Israeil couple that cycled through South America from November 2010 till August 2011.

Slalom ¤
branches throughout the country

Review ¤
excellent service, reasonable prices for bicycles (Kona, Trek, Marin, Jamis, Iron Horse, Dahon, Turner, Niner, Yeti, Independent Fabrication and more) and mechanical service;, high prices for accessories.


Rosen & Meents ¤
branches throughout the country:
Nahariya, Kiryat Motzkin, Karmiel, Misgav, Afula, Haifa, Castra (Haifa), Netanya, Raanana - Petah Tikva, Rishon Lezion, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv Azrieli, Tel Aviv Yarkon, Tel Aviv University, intelligence , Eilat and unique VIP provinces Branch.

Review ¤
Terrible service, reasonable prices for bicycles (GT, Merida, Mongoose, Colnago, Rocky Mountain, Schwinn, Vision, Commercal and more) and accessories; poor mechanical service. They also sell electric bicycles.


Moti Bikes ¤
7 Yehuda Hanassi Street
Tel: +972-2679-5656

Review ¤
good service, cheap yet basic mechanical service, all the rest is more expensive. They also rent bicycles, but it is not cheap. Don't buy anything expensive there.

  Nitzan Bikes
137 Jaffa Street
next to the Mahane Yehuda market;
about 10 mins walk from the central bus station.
Tel: 02 623 5976

Pedalim ¤
16 Hardworking Hand Street
Talpiot Industrial Zone
Tel: 6729904 -02

Review ¤
excellent service, cheapest prices for bicycles (Marin, Jamis, IRON HORSE USA. Redline, Turner, Chumba Racing and more)

Kibutz Beit-Oren (near Haifa) The Single Track
Kibutz Beit-Oren 30044
Tel: 04-8307340
climate chart Jerusalem
Road distances
Israel road distance chart
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