Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

1
Is Israel really safe?

We at Faith & Heritage Tours know that security is always a primary concern when considering a trip.

We place your safety and security at the top of our priority list at all times. On all of our programs, some basic safety measures and precautions turn an experience which is already safe into an even more secure one. For the most part, these measures are hardly perceptible and don't take away from the enjoyment and fullness of the experience itself. Our Israel office even has a full-time security officer working directly with a 24/7 situation room, providing our travelers and guides with an extra layer of safety! In regards to the Holy Land, with virtually no exceptions, visitors to Israel are amazed by the "normalcy" of everyday life in a country that seems so often to be in the headlines. If safety and security concerns are causing you to reconsider a planned trip to Israel, please feel free to contact us in order to discuss this important issue. We are confident that, with the right information in hand, you will be among the many tourists expected to visit Israel this year.

2
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 degrees though it 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 degrees.

SUMMER (June - early September)
Temperatures in the high 80s and 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 can be heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow sometimes. Temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills - and very cold at night. Pack layers to cover all weather conditions!

3
Do I need a passport to travel to Israel?

Absolutely - and you need to have AT LEAST six 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.
However, please refer to the tourist visa table issued by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure if you need a visa or not-
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Touris...

4
What's the local currency?

The New Israeli Shekel (NIS), comprising 100 agorot, is the local currency. U.S. dollars and various European currencies can be freely traded and are widely accepted, with change made in NIS. ATM Machines for Local and U.S. Currency Cash withdrawal are readily available. Israeli currency can be re-converted in airport or border banks at the end of your stay.

5
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.