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Planning Before

Visiting Israel

Start Preparing Early

Don’t wait until April to start figuring out your plans. To most, this will be a trip of a lifetime so we highly encourage you to spend several months reading, discussing, researching, and learning about Israel. Especially, historical Israel as seen in the Bible and what it looks like now in the 21st century.

This website will continue to be updated based on questions that people have so, please, don’t forget to check back often and utilize all of the resources we’ve put together to make this an incredible experience for you.

get to know each other

As we get closer to May it is encouraged to get to know some of the other people that will be going.

Learn the Culture

Talk with other church members that have been to Israel before and read up on the culture there.

Establish Goals For The Trip

Review the itinerary and think about some of the takeaways you want most out of this trip.
Average Temperature in May
77 F
Population of Jerusalem
Temperature of the Dead Sea
80 F

important things you should know

Questions And Answers

Since you are allowed 1 suitcase, pack carefully. Don’t over pack…leave some room for souvenirs. Think layers…it will get cool in Jerusalem in the evenings and will be hot in the Dead Sea region. Temps will be between 60-95 degrees. Check the weather in Jerusalem right before you depart…it will be coolest there.  Having comfortable shoes is a MUST (tennis/hiking shoes.) Shorts at the knee are acceptable.  Jeans are OK for cool evenings. Some may want a pair of lightweight zip pants/shorts.

  • “Catholic” & “Muslim” Modesty Clothing– there are certain holy sites where knees/legs and shoulders/arms must be covered. Each night we will tell you if you need modesty clothing any time the next day. You can either dress modestly for the whole day or have modesty clothes in your daypack, you can quickly get into on the bus. Catholic modesty for women- cover your shoulders…cover your knees.  Muslim modesty for women (1 morning only)- cover arms to wrists, cover legs to ankles (No Capris), no low neckline, Head covering for women is never required. Catholic and Muslim modesty for men- long pants and a shirt that covers the shoulders. Most days will be warm and we might only have one modesty stop for an hour as part of a whole day…so you will want something to quickly slip into on the bus so you can wear shorts the rest of a hot day (Zip-off pants work great for modesty days!)
  • Swimming and footwear that can get wet– You will want to bring your swimming suit. We will spend 4 nights along the Sea of Galilee at a hotel that has a beach. For women, it’s also helpful to have a cover for your swimsuit when out of the water. We will also go through Hezekiah’s tunnel in Jerusalem, a great experience. The water in the tunnel is spring fed so it can come up to your thighs during high flow. You will need old shorts and shirt for the tunnel (not your swim suit). You must wear footwear so you will need shoes you can get wet. (Crocs, water sock shoes, flip-flops, or hiking sandals.) Micah will be wearing Chaco sandals for most if not the entire trip.

No COVID-19 or other vaccines are required for this trip or entry into Israel.

Israel uses the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Each shekel is divided into 100 Agorot, which are like pennies. Many stores accept US dollars, so make sure you know whether any prices you are being quoted are in dollars or shekels. You are expected to barter in the shops in the Old City (except Jewish Quarter). Prices are generally fixed outside the Old City. MasterCard and Visa are usually accepted for larger purchases (Amex and Discover are not as readily accepted). I wouldn’t give my credit card to most shops in the Old City…use cash only. ATM machines are available in the Old City, but I would only use one in the Jewish quarter (ATMs distribute shekels only). ATMs recognize your card as being issued from a bank in an English-speaking country so instructions should display in English. Do not exchange money into NIS before you arrive in Israel…you’ll get a poor rate. We have a trusted relationship with a store owner in Jerusalem who gives a fair exchange rate and recommend exchanging your money safely with him. Pickpockets are at work in the Old City. Consider the use of a money belt worn under your clothing or zippered pockets. Guard your passport, money, and other valuables very carefully.

Each day we will leave the hotel by 8 a.m. and return in time for dinner. You will want a smaller daypack/backpack to carry your stuff during the day. Many times, you will leave this backpack or certain items on the bus while we get off and tour a site. You may want a secondary bag for the items you leave on the bus. Sometimes you will carry the backpack with you when we leave the bus for 3 hours at a time. This back pack will hold your water, camera, snacks, Bible, tour notebook (8.5 x 11), meds, modesty kit etc… You need something that isn’t huge, but that you can cram a lot of stuff into and carry with you for a few hours comfortably.

Only bring one checked suitcase and a carry-on. Check airline for weight limit. Usually has to be under 50 lbs. Mark your suitcase and carry-on bag so you can recognize them clearly in a pile of 25+ suitcases. Do not pack cameras, medication, or other valuables in your checked suitcase. Pack them in your carry on.  Bring a small combination lock for your suitcase so you can lock up any valuables when we leave the hotel room each day.

Israel requires all visitors to have passports that expire at least six months after their scheduled visit (This means your passport must have an expiration date after November 2023).

  • If you do not currently have a valid passport, you should apply for one immediately to ensure you get it in time. It can take 3-6 months to get your passport. It would be good to begin the process now in case there is an error on your passport which requires an amendment.
  • If you do not have a passport and you are unsure where to begin to apply for one, your local post office can usually help you.


Israel also requires a visa to enter the country.  Passport holders from the USA will get a visa for no charge upon entry into Israel.  There is nothing to do before you land in Tel Aviv.  If your passport is from another country, you need to check Israeli visa requirements online.

Israel has decent cellular coverage in the more populated areas. Although not necessary, if you would like to be able to make calls, text, or use data, you will need to check with your provider. Many Cellular providers have additional (temporary add-on) plans for international travel. Some providers include many international counties in their normal text messaging plans without an addition plan. If you are not planning on using the cellular features on your phone, it is advisable to turn off your cellular function on your phone to prevent your phone from roaming (wastes battery) or connecting to an international cellular provider and paying for service (expensive). Most of the hotels we will be staying at will have free wireless internet which you can use on your Wi-Fi enabled devices (including your phone). So, you will not want to turn your Wi-Fi off, just your cellular data.

Israel uses 220-volt AC. Most modern electronics are designed to work within a range from 100 – 240 volts so a transformer is not typically necessary, although consult your specific electronics to be sure. If your appliance is rated for only 110 volts, you will also need a converter or transformer, which will change it from 220 into 110 volts. (If you plug your 110 appliances into 220, it will work at twice the speed for a few seconds and then never work again!). Once you have converted the electricity you still need to be able to plug the appliance into the socket, since the outlets are a different size. Go on-line and look at the adaptor plugs used in Israel to see what you need for your appliance (search “electrical adapters for Israel”). Most outlets accept the 2-prong small round adapter that is used in Europe. NOTE: You can buy 2-in-1 converters with outlet plugs. Read carefully to see if that’s what you have.