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Travel advice for getting to Jerusalem

Visas for Israel
Many countries have a Visa Waiver program with Israel which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a visa arranged in advance. On entry, visitors from these countries are normally granted leave to enter for a period of up to 3 months. Evidence of a previous visit to another country in the region does not normally prevent entry into Israel, although it may lead to additional questioning at the border.

If you have any particular concerns about previous travels to another country, you are recommended to contact the Israeli embassy/consulate in your country. Also, visa regulations are subject to change and should always be checked with the Israeli embassy/consulate in advance.

Israeli border controls
Security measures beyond what you might encounter in most countries are taken for flights both to and from Israel. The entrance procedures for Israel are time-consuming for some and a breeze for others. You can expect a number of questions about your recent travels, your occupation, any acquaintances in Israel and possibly your religious or family background.

Upon departure from Israel, arriving at the terminal at least three hours before your flight is well advised. Bag inspection, both by machine and hand, is routine and should be expected, in addition to an interview about your time in Israel. The interview is casual; the security personnel intend to ensure that you are not a potential threat.

Getting to Jerusalem
Most students arrive by flight to Tel Aviv´s Ben Gurion International Airport, which is approximately 40 km from Jerusalem and 12 km from central Tel Aviv.

At Ben Gurion Airport, you can find a shuttle to Jerusalem right outside the airport doors. The shuttle waits until it fills up (10 passengers) and then heads to Jerusalem. It will drop each person off where he/she wants to go in Jerusalem. Depending on which order you’re dropped off, the ride to Jerusalem takes 40 minutes to over an hour.

At departure, Nesher service taxis (02-6257227 or 1599500205) pick up booked passangers from their accommodation (or for example from in front of the Damascus Gate if you are staying in the old city close to this gate). The service is available 24 hours a day. Book your service 24h in advance, or 48 hours if you are travelling on a weekend.

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