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Israel

The State of Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Travelers may visit the web site of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism for tourist information at http://www.goisrael.com/. Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem as a result of the 1967 War. Pursuant to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority (PA) was established in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in 1994, although its authority is limited, especially in Gaza. Palestinian Authority security forces are responsible for keeping order in those areas, and the PA exercises a range of civil functions there. The division of responsibilities and jurisdiction in the West Bank between Israel and the PA is complex.  Definitive information on entry, customs requirements, arrests, and other matters in the West Bank and Gaza is subject to change without prior notice or may not be available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Israel.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Israel
Continent: Asia (Middle East)
Capital City: Jerusalem; note- nearly all countries maintain their Embassy in Tel Aviv
Boundary Countries:

Egypt, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Haifa: Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center
Herzliya-On-Sea:  Herzliya Medical Centers
Holon:  Edith Wolfson Medical Center
Jerusalem:  Hadassah Medical Organization
Beer Sheva:  Soroka Medical Center
Jerusalem:  Herzog Hospital, Shaare Zedek Medical Center
Kfar-Saba:  Meir Hospital
Nazareth:  Nazareth E.M.M.S. Hospital
Netanya:  Laniado Hospital
Petach Tikva: Rabin Medical Center, Ramat Marpe Hospital
Tel Aviv:  Assuta Hospital, Basel Heights Medical Center, Sanitas Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

Main Cities:

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth

Country Size: 20,770 sq km
Population: 6,199,008 note: includes Israeli settlers in West Bank, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Hebrew (official), Arabic used officially for Arab minority, English most common used foreign language.

Currency: New Israeli Shekel (ILS); note- NIS is the currency abbreviation; ILS is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) code for the NIS
Predominant Religions:

Jewish 76.4%, Muslim 16%, Arab Christians 1.7%, other Christian 0.4%, Druze 1.6%, unspecified 3.9%.

National Holidays: Independence Day, 14 May (1948); note- Israel declared Independence on 14 May 1948, but the Jewish calendar is lunar and the holiday may occur in April or May
Economic Status:

The State of Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a modern economy.

Security:

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF): Army Headquarters, Israel Navy, Israeli Air and Space Force (ISAF, includes air defense forces); historically there have been no separate Israeli military services.

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser Street
Jerusalem 9378322
Phone: 02-630-4000
Document Requirements:

The general entry and exit requirements for Americans traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza are listed below. American citizens are advised to read all sections of this sheet very carefully for special regulations that may affect their travel.

The US Government seeks equal treatment and freedom to travel for all American citizens regardless of national origin or ethnicity. American citizens who encounter difficulties are encouraged to contact the US Embassy in Tel Aviv or the US Consulate General in Jerusalem by e-mail or at the telephone numbers below.

Security Screening: US citizens are advised that all persons applying for entry to Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza are subject to security and police record checks by the Government of Israel, and may be denied entry or exit without explanation. 

American citizens whom Israeli authorities suspect of being of Arab or Muslim origin are likely to face additional, often time-consuming, and probing questioning by immigration and border authorities, or may even be denied entry into Israel. 

American citizens who feel they have been wrongly denied entry to Israel or the West Bank, or unnecessarily subjected to additional security screening, should fill out the Denial of Entry Sheet located under the US citizen services tab at the Jerusalem Consulate General web site, or contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Entering Israel: A passport valid for six months beyond the duration of stay, an onward or return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds are required for entry. A no-charge, three-month visa may be issued upon arrival and may be renewed. Travelers carrying official or diplomatic US passports must obtain visas from an Israeli embassy or consulate prior to arrival. Anyone who has been refused entry, experienced difficulties with his/her status during a previous visit, overstayed the authorized duration of a previous visit, or otherwise violated the terms of their admission to Israel should consult the Israeli Embassy or nearest Israeli Consulate before attempting to return. Anyone seeking returning resident status must obtain permission from Israeli authorities before traveling. The Government of Israel at times has declined to admit American citizens wishing to visit or travel to the West Bank or Gaza. Persons denied entry and who seek immigration court hearings to contest such denials may be detained for prolonged periods while awaiting a hearing.

Additional information is available at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1064.html.

Major Airports:

Airports:  53, Airports w/paved runways:  30

Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV/LLBG)
Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, Israel, PO Box 7, Ben Gurion International Airport, 70100 Lod, ISRAEL
Tel: +972 (0)3 972 3344
Fax: +972 (0)3 975 2387
Website:
www.iaa.gov.il
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +972 (0)3 971 5511

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

US Department of State TRAVEL WARNING  Updated 15 January 2009.  Please visit the US Dept. of State website for complete details at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw/922.html.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  7.21 deaths/ 1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 79.17  (male 77.08/ female 81.37)

Immunization Indicators:

Required:  None
Recommended:  Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid
Boosters:  MMR, DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is reported throughout the area.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Modern medical care and medicines are available in Israel. Some hospitals in Israel and most hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, however, fall below US standards.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 12
Referrals: 41
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

There has been a recent increase in the number of cases of West Nile fever.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +972
Internet Country Code:  .il

 



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