What do I need to travel abroad?

What do I need to travel abroad?

U.S. or European citizens need a passport valid for at least 6 months after your arrival. As your stay will be less than 3 months, you do not need a visa.

If you plan to visit an Arab country (except Jordan and Egypt) after this trip, ask the customs official to affix the stamp of entry or exit to a separate piece of paper instead of directly on your passport. Many Arab countries do not grant tourist visas if your passport has a stamp from Israel.

Always carry a photocopy of your passport with you, and leave a photocopy at home as well.

Do I need immunizations or special health insurance?

The following general guidance only. You should contact a professional health advisor prior to travel.

There are no mandatory immunizations to enter the country, but it is recommended that you are up to date with immunizations against hepatitis A, polio, tetanus, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever.

Rabies is present but extremely rare. The risk of encountering an infected animal on a mainly urban journey such as this is slight, but a vaccine is available if you are concerned.

All participants should have valid health insurance before they travel. Check your current insurance policy and ask your agent about the need for additional coverage to cover emergencies such as medical evacuation.

The following websites all provide information for travelers regarding health issues:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad (MASTA)

World Health Organization (WHO)

International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)

You can find pharmacies in the West Bank.  Nevertheless, we recommend you bring the following medications as they are often helpful:
* Intestinal antiseptic
* Antibiotics broad spectrum
* Sunscreen high protection
* Aspirin or pain reliever
* Disinfectant (such as disinfectant hand wipes or antibacterial hand gel)
* Antihistamine (for allergies, bites)

What equipment do I need?

* A large travel bag or suitcase that is flexible, and a small backpack containing personal belongings for use during the day
* A sweater for the evenings, as that could be cool some times.
* Comfortable shoes for walking
* A swimsuit to enjoy the waters of the Dead Sea, Wadi Quilt and other swimming areas
* A scarf is always useful

* A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

* A sleeping sheet not sleeping bag .

Do I need to book my own flight?

You may arrange your own flight through a travel agent or by booking online. Please be aware of the airline’s cancellation/change policies before booking your flight. You are responsible for for the cost of your ticket and any agent fees.

Is it safe?

We have designed this trip with careful attention to your safety and well-being. Our route of travel is in secured areas of the West Bank, avoiding settlement areas and closed military zones, in order to ensure safety for both the local people and international travelers. Your security is our top priority.

Very important, the culture of hospitality in this region is very strong and you will be cared for by your Palestinian hosts as if you were a member of their families.

Climate

One of the essential factors of the climate in Palestine is the sun, in summer as in winter. The climate is generally temperate with some variations depending on the region and altitude. While the days are hot or moderately warm for the entire year, the nights can be cool even in the summer. It should not be forgotten that most of the towns in the West Bank are at an altitude of about 800 m. It is important always to take suitable clothing.

Winter is a season which can be rainy, but the rain rarely lasts for more than a few days. The spring sometimes brings hot winds which blow volatile sand storms from the Egyptian desert and the Saudi Arabian peninsula. This is the khamsin. Thus, temperatures remain cool at night in summer and during much of the winter, despite regular sunshine.

Currency

The currency in both Israel and the West Bank is the shekel. Click here for the current exchange rates.

The US Dollar and the Euro may also be used for all tour payments.

The rate of exchange in banks at offices and border posts are poor and they charge a heavy commission. It is better to trade your money in exchange offices in major cities.  West Bank Money changers give the best deal by far.

ATMs are widely available in most major Palestinian cities, though they are less likely in villages and small towns.

Time

The West Bank is located in zone GMT +2. In the winter, this is 1h more than in France, and 2 hours more in the summer.

Electricity 

The electrical current is usually 220 volts. Most plugs are 2 round prongs.

Telecommunications

Calls from abroad to Palestine: 009720 + 7-digit phone number
Calls from abroad to Israel: 009722 + 7-digit phone number
Public telephones operate with cards sold at post offices and supermarkets. It is rare to find Internet cafes in the villages we visit, although the hotels in Jerusalem have internet access, as do the host families in Bethlehem.

Uses and Customs (rules of courtesy)

The Palestinians are known for their sense of hospitality and will welcome you with open arms. In order not to interfere with their culture and customs, visitors, whether in the holy sites or elsewhere, are requested to dress modestly at all times. Specifically, please avoid wearing shorts (both men and women)  and t-shirts without sleeves.

As elsewhere, try to seek permission from the concerned individuals before photographing.

Remember that haggling is a common practice in the market.

Passports and Visas

Each person must possess a passport valid for at least six months after arrival. We are not responsible for securing your visa, if one is required

Travel & Health Insurance

Travel insurance is an important part of your safe and enjoyable travel experience. We encourage you to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance plan to suit your journey before you leave home.

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