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Tips & Advice for Your Pilgrimage

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Weather

The time of year that you plan your pilgrimage is very important. The weather may influence what you need to pack, in terms of clothing, but also your itinerary and activities, especially liturgical celebrations and local holidays. Summers are very hot and dry while winters are mild with short but intense rains. In springtime, temperatures tend to be hot during the day and drop considerably by sundown. During the summer, it is very important to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.

Clothing

Comfortable shoes are highly recommended for long walks and irregular grounds. Both men and women must cover their arms and shoulders for entering the Holy Sites. It is also important to respect local customs and etiquette.

Language

The national languages are Hebrew and Arabic. However, most locals speak English. Also, signs, receipts or menus in touristic areas are easily found in English as well.

Currency

The local currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Euros, US Dollars, and most credit cards are usually accepted anywhere.

Visas

Citizens of most western countries do not need a visa to enter Israel as tourists. They are granted a 90 day tourist visa from their entry to the country. Either way, it’s convenient to verify this information in the Israeli consulate of your country especially if you’re planning to visit Egypt or Jordan. It is not possible to travel Lebanon or Syria from Israel, or vice versa.

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