Israel’s official languages are Hebrew and Arabic. Most Israelis speak English, and most of the signposts are also in English.
The official language of the conference is English.
Weather and Clothing
Israel’s northern and coastal regions are classified as Mediterranean climate characterized by hot and dry summers and cool rainy winters; whereas the southern and eastern areas of Israel are characterized by an arid climate. March is Spring in Israel. Temperature in Tel Aviv and Afula usually accelerates between 11 - 20°C. Israel enjoys temperate weather throughout the year.
Dress will be informal throughout Meeting.
The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (ILS), commonly known as the Shekel. The Shekel consists of 100 Agorot.
As of August 2017
1 US$ = approximately ILS 3.57
1 EUR = approximately ILS 4.24
Exchange rates are fluctuating daily.
Electricity in Israel is supplied at 220V, 50Hz and has a three-pin connecting plug.
Value Added Tax Reimbursement
According to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law, a foreign tourist is able to benefit from a zero rate of VAT on a vast array of services obtained during a stay in Israel. In addition, a special arrangement exists whereby a tourist may also request a VAT refund on purchases made during a stay. For more details please visit the official website of the Ministry of Finance, Israeli Department of Customs and VAT.
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. Individuals holding national passports of the following countries are not required to obtain a visa prior to their arrival at Israel:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (south), Latvia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
(Note: this is a partial list, compiled from the list of countries from which the conference web-site was visited; for a complete list of the countries with visa exemption agreements with Israel, please look here).
Letters of invitations will be issued by the conference secretariat to bona fide participants only. Requests should be sent on the official letterhead of the Applicants Company / organization.
Individuals from countries without diplomatic relations with Israel, should write to the conference secretariat Insects@ortra.com, no later than three months prior to the Meeting, giving their full name, date and place of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiry, date of arrival and flight details. The Meeting Secretariat will do its best efforts to arrange for a visa to be issued at the airport upon arrival; however, granting of such requests is at the discretion of the authorities in Israel.
As of July 2008 foreign passports are no longer stamped upon arrival and departure from Israel, instead you get a small ticket that you need to pass through a machine before you proceed to baggage claim. It could be advised to guests from abroad to keep that ticket (although I have never been requested to show it, I always just threw it away not knowing it was important to keep).
For more info, click here .
Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travelers are advised to check their entry requirements with the Israeli Embassy/Consulate or with their travel agent.
More Information about Israel on the Internet in the following web sites:
Ministry of Tourism
Tel Aviv "White City"
Jerusalem’s Official Site
Ministry of Foreign Affairs