General Info

LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English.

 

VISA

All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country.

For participants from most countries, a visa for Israel is not required; Participants are requested to consult the Israeli Embassy or Consulate in their home country or with their travel agency for specific details relating to visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.

Important note for tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries (except Egypt and Jordan): It is recommended that you request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on your passport. You must notify the clerk of your request before your documents are stamped.

 

LIABILITY & INSURANCE

The Congress Secretariat and organizers cannot accept responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the conference. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

 

CURRENCY
The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is the official national currency. All the major credit cards are accepted in Israel in places displaying the emblem at the entrance.

 

CLIMATE

The weather in Israel during July is hot, humid and sunny.
Day time temperatures range from 30–35 degrees Celsius.
All halls are air-conditioned. It is recommended to bring a light sweater.

 

DRESS CODE

The symposium dress code is business-casual.

 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Ben Gurion International Airport is served by many daily direct flights from most destinations. The International airport is 20-30 minutes from the city of Tel Aviv.

Taxi

The taxi service is provided under the supervision of the Israel Airport Authority, and the companies operate under licence granted thereby. Passengers are recommended to avoid the use of non-authorized taxi services for journeys from Ben Gurion Airport.

The taxi station and dispatcher post are located in front of the Terminal on Level G, near the exit through Gate 01.

Approximate cost for a drive from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel-Aviv is 140-160 NIS depending on time of day. No tipping is required.

Train

“Ben Gurion” train station is located in Terminal 3.

Station opening hours

Sun-Thu: 24 hours

From Friday afternoon until Saturday night – Closed

Link to the train schedule: https://www.rail.co.il/en

There are 4 stations in Tel-Aviv. The closest station to the conference’s hotels is Tel Aviv University or Tel-Aviv Savidor Center.

The approximate price from airport to Tel-Aviv is 15 NIS.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

A great transport network which makes getting around in Israel easy – whether you are using public transport or traveling on your own and renting a car. The country has a modern road network, with a great train and bus service between major cities. Taxis and Sheruts in Israel are inexpensive compared to in many Western Countries. 

If you plan to use bus service in Tel-Aviv you should purchase “Rav-Kav” Ticket.

The Rav-Kav is a “smart”, electronic card used for traveling public transportation, which replaces the various paper tickets, and aims at easing payment methods during travel.

The card enables travel through all public transportation carriers in Israel and free transfer between most means of transportation.

Travelers can load various contracts onto the Rav-Kav card such as: monthly, weekly and daily passes, multi-ride, or stored value contracts.

The Rav-Kav card has significant advantages: it is comfortable to use and it fits every wallet, pocket or purse, it is re-loadable, and provides the opportunity for the various discounts for which passengers may be eligible by law. In addition, the Rav-Kav card makes it unnecessary to carry cash for every ride.

If you are looking for ticket prices and types of tickets available click here.

You can purchase the Rav Kav at Ben Gurion Airport, every train station and in Tel-Aviv Central Station.

 

PRE/POST CONFERENCE TOURS

Day Tour to Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra and Acre

Date: July 19, 2019

Explore Israel’s Northern Coastline, including visits in Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra and Acre. 

Caesarea, once an important and strategic port of the Roman Empire constructed by King Herod, which today houses an impressive array of archaeological sites, Haifa, Israel’s third city, and home to the ‘hanging’ Bahai Gardens, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Acre, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, and Rosh Hanikra, with its beautiful cliffs and grottoes.

Light lunch is included.

Pick up from the conference’s suggested hotels at 08:00

Return to Tel-Aviv around 18:00

The tour will only take place with a minimum number of participants – 15 participants min.

Rate: 130 USD per person

Registration at the conference registration page.

 

Day Tour to the Galilee

Date: July 20, 2019

A guided day tour to the Galilee, the Northern part of Israel.

Nazareth, according to the Gospels was the childhood home of Jesus and where Mary lived. Visit the church of St Joseph which houses the Basilica of the Annunciation, an impressive site where the angel Gabriel informed Mary she would give birth to Jesus. Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel, with a distinct Middle Eastern flavour. Check out the charming local markets located in the winding cobbled streets of the Old City.

The beautiful Sea of Galilee, Israel’s largest freshwater lake, is where Jesus spent much of his ministry and performed some of his best known miracles. Visit the Church of Multiplication, where Jesus fed five thousand people fish and bread, Capernaum, home to the apostles and Yardenit, a baptismal site on the Jordan river. 

Light lunch is included.

Pick up from the conference’s suggested hotels at 07:30

Return to Tel-Aviv around 18:00

The tour will only take place with a minimum number of participants – 15 participants min.

Rate: 120 USD per person

Registration at the conference registration page.

 

Day Tour to Jerusalem – Old and New

Date: July 25, 2019

A guided day tour in Jerusalem, including:

A panoramic view from the Olive Mountain to the city of Jerusalem and from Mount Scopus to the Judean Desert. The most important and fascinating sites in the old city of Jerusalem, such as the famous Gethsemane Church, which is the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, as well as the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, Dormition Abbey, The Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (The Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Light lunch is included.

Please note: Tours of holy sites require modest dress code: shoulder covering and no short pants nor short skirts. Comfortable shoes and hat are recommended.

Pick up from the conference’s suggested hotels at 08:00

Return to Tel-Aviv around 17:30

The tour will only take place with a minimum number of participants – 15 participants min.

Rate: 110 USD per person

Registration at the conference registration page.