Tips for American Tourists Planning to Visit Israel After the Ban Is Over in 2022
Even though it is uncertain for now when Israel will lift the tourist ban, it is going to be lifted eventually in 2022. So, if you are planning to visit Israel the next year, don’t stop your preparations. Be ready to travel to Israel as soon as travel restriction eases. Israel is an incredible country with rich history and religious importance and has been blessed with many wonders as well. If by any chance, this is your first trip to Israel, then there are some things you must know to make sure that you don’t get any nasty surprises.
Carry Compatible Electrical Adapters with You
The most common mistake that many American tourists make is that they go to explore Israel without their electrical adapters. The electrical outlets in Israel require a 3 round-pegged prong, which means carrying a discharged mobile phone with you if you don’t have the right adapter. This would be the last thing you want when you are in a new country.
Get Your Phone Unlocked and Buy Israel Data SIM Card
International roaming prices can drain your savings sooner than you even realize it. So, contact your customer support and get your phone unlocked. Buy or rent an Israel data SIM card online and install it on your phone to ensure that you can stay connected with your loved ones all time. Alternatively, you can also rent a basic phone or iPhone for Israel to avoid the hassle of unlocking your phone.
Be Ready to Get Served with Kosher Food
In Israel, most restaurants offer only kosher food. You might wonder at first what this means. Eating kosher food is a religious rule for Israelis and that is the same in a way what Halal is to Muslims. While most of the newer generations are open about their food choices, it is still important to be familiar with what you are going to eat there.
Pack and Wear Clothing that Doesn’t Offend Locals
If you are planning to visit religious places such as Jerusalem or other orthodox neighborhood regions, it is important to wear modest clothing. When visiting places like the Western Wall, it is recommended to wear t-shirts with sleeves that fall below the elbow and long skirts or pants. Just follow the phrase you have learned as a child – “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. It is important to blend well and not make others uncomfortable.
Get Prepared To Be Strictly Interviewed and Quarantined
In Israel, security is very tight. If you are a tourist, you might have to face a long list of questions regarding the purpose of your trip, if it is your first trip to Israel, what do you do for a living, who you come along with, who packed your bags, and so on. If you haven’t been vaccinated fully, you need to take some time and complete your vaccination doses first. You might be advised to quarantine for 72 hours or up to an entire week. Some people get naturally anxious about it. However, there is nothing to worry about. Give all the answers straight and you are good to go.
Lastly, ensure that you keep the paper visa safely that you are given by the officials as Israel doesn’t stamp your passport when you visit Israel to avoid any hassles related to security. This paper slip is proof that you have entered the country after being checked. You will need to show this paper visa slip at cross points. So, keep it with utmost care along with your passport.