General Information about Israel
Summer time will be in effect at the time of the conference, meaning that Israel will be GMT +2:00.
Climate and Clothing
The weather in September in Tel Aviv is mild with occasional rain showers. The average daily temperature is 30°C.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Currency (and travelers’ checks in most major foreign currencies) can be exchanged at any bank or, post office and at most of the larger hotels and currency exchange locations around the city.
In Israel banknotes are issued in Shekels (ILS) in the following denominations: 20 ILS, 50 ILS, 100 ILS and 200 ILS. Coins in use are: 10 Agorot, 50 Agorot, 1 ILS, 2 ILS, 5 ILS and 10 ILS (One New Israeli Shekel = 100 Agorot).
As of January 2016, 1 US dollar is approximately equivalent to 3.9 ILS and 1 Euro is 4.35 ILS.
All hotels that are working with this event have internet connections (cable and/or wireless) either on a paying basis or as a complimentary service. Participants are advised to check availability and rates with their chosen hotel.
Banks, post offices, major shops and public offices are generally open as follows:
Sunday to Thursday – 08:30-13:00; 16:00-18:30, Friday – 08:30-12:00
Saturday – Closed
Voltage in Israel is 230 Volts (50 Hz). Please note the socket types below (diagram #1 is the most currently available socket type). An adaptor may be needed. Adaptors are easy to find in airports, hotels, or shops in the area.
The organizers cannot accept any responsibility for accidents, losses and/or damage which may occur. Participants are advised to obtain travel, medical, personal accident and luggage insurance in their home country prior to departure.
Passports, Visas and Vaccination
All travelers must have a passport with at least six months’ validity remaining from the date of entry to Israel as well as a return ticket from Israel.
Participants are advised to check with their local travel agency about regulations regarding passports, visas, and vaccinations and, particularly, the time required for obtaining a visa, if necessary. In case of doubt, information can be obtained from the nearest Israeli embassy, consulate or diplomatic mission.
If needed, the organizing committee will send an official invitation to participants who have indicated this request in their registration form.
Most large hotels will be able to assist you with any postal services you may require.
Smoking is prohibited in public buildings shopping malls, cinemas, theaters and on public transport
Taxes (17%) are included in the prices of all products and services.
Public telephones are available throughout Tel Aviv and in the lobbies of most hotels. International and domestic calls can be made from hotel rooms. Israel’s country code is 972.
Gratuities are optional, but the common practice is to leave a 10-15% tip in restaurants and bars for good service.
Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.
Transportation from the Airport
Public Transportation– Public transportation services are located in the three-storey bridge on the second floor, next to Gates 21 and 23.
Special Transportation – A number of companies providing special transportation services from the Airport to various areas throughout the country operate at BGN.
Car Rental – The car rental companies’ counters are located on the first floor of the East Gallery in the Greeters’ Hall. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Taxis – Taxi services are regulated and the taxi companies at BGN operate under permission.
Trains – The train station is located on Level S of the Landside Building, next to the Greeters’ Hall. For train schedule and more information: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx
About Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, also known as “the city that never stops” because of its active nonstop nightlife. It considered as the largest and the busiest metropolis in Israel and is a cultural center as well as an economic one.
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Tel Aviv offers a large number of restaurants to suit every budget and for a wide variety of tastes. Relevant details and information are available through the hotel concierge services.