For the first time in Israel

For the first time in Israel

Israel is a country that attracts foreigners with its traditions of hospitality, Mediterranean climate, an endless variety of attractions: historical, archaeological and religious monuments. And the tourist infrastructure - health resorts, luxurious beaches and nature reserves, comfortable hotels, shopping centers and exotic bazaars of noisy cities, numerous religious temples - meets the most stringent requirements.

A trip to Israel is a wonderful choice for a family vacation. Resorts on the coasts of the Mediterranean, Red and Dead Seas, numerous attractions for children, a rich excursion program, medical tourism annually attract thousands of foreigners. And Russians are also tempted by the current visa-free entry to the State of Israel and the absence of a language barrier - after all, about a quarter of the country's residents speak Russian.

The uniqueness of this state, national originality, richness of culture and religious traditions of the society encourage the tourist to familiarize himself with the rules of conduct on its territory in advance. Both travelers who use the services of tour operators and those who prefer to plan their trips on their own should know how to behave in Israel.

Overview of security measures in force in Israel

A trip to this country will leave pleasant memories for tourists only if they treat with understanding and respect the laws and regulations adopted on its territory that ensure the safety of Israelis and foreign guests. Foreigners arriving in Israel are required to comply with the instructions of the security personnel at the airport.

In addition, they are strongly encouraged to know and comply with a number of requirements of state law enforcement agencies when visiting official institutions, most public places and public events.

  • Always carry a document with you to confirm your identity, be polite with representatives of state power structures, do not be indignant and, in particular, do not resist the actions of law enforcement officers. To do this, before traveling to Israel, it is advisable to take a photocopy of your passport and other documents, for example, a driver's license.
  • With understanding refers to the inspection of personal belongings in places where a large number of people are present. Know that metal detectors are installed at the entrances to banking institutions, shopping centers, some restaurants and other crowded places, and security personnel are allowed to check hand luggage - bags, backpacks, briefcases, etc. for suspicious items.
  • It should be remembered that an Israeli police officer can require any person to introduce himself, give his address of residence, and present an identity document. A police officer has the right to detain a foreigner and take him to a nearby station on the basis of only suspicion of criminal acts or intent to commit them. In this case, he must necessarily present a service certificate.
  • It is important to know that the detention of a foreign tourist by law enforcement officers for more than 20 minutes is regarded as an arrest. In this case, he gets the right to file a lawsuit against the police with a claim for compensation for non-pecuniary damage. To avoid such situations, an official act is drawn up at the police station explaining the reason for the detention.
  • Personal luggage should not be left unattended. Items that the police define as ownerless: suitcases, packages, bags - as a rule, are immediately destroyed.
  • It is not allowed to photograph government agencies, military and special objects (some monuments, power plants, maritime and airports, police stations). You can only shoot local residents with their consent.
  • There is a tense political situation in Israel, so foreigners are not advised to visit some cities and regions of the country. Dangerous places such as the Gaza Strip, territories bordering Lebanon, the Arab quarter in Jerusalem and some others are deliberately not included in tourist routes. And for tourists wishing to visit the sights of Palestine, for example, in Bethlehem or Hebron, in the interests of safety and to speed up the passage of control at the checkpoint, it is advisable to take a group tour.
  • In case of loss of important documents, as well as in case of emergency, Russian citizens staying in the State of Israel should immediately contact the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Five Tips for Tourists Before Traveling to Israel

The norms of behavior in different countries are often not similar, and sometimes even contradictory. The customs and traditions followed by the Russians are different than those followed by the Israelis. Therefore, in order to avoid conflicts and embarrassing situations when communicating with the local population, the main rule of how to behave as a Russian tourist in Israel is observed: - to be aware of being just a guest in this country, to respect the national culture and lifestyle of its owners.

For tourists, there are rules for visiting holy places or other religious monuments. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with them in advance. The necessary information can be easily found on the Internet or obtained from the tour operator's guide.

For example, clothing requirements are met. The length of women's skirts or dresses is only much below the knee, and the blouse or the upper part of the dress completely covers the shoulders and arms. Men should also dress appropriately for the occasion. Of course, shorts, T-shirts and similar clothing are excluded. More often women, but sometimes men also need to wear a headdress.

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