The official language of the conference is English.
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.
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.
The weather in Israel during July is hot and sunny. Day time temperatures range from 30–35 degrees centigrade.
The symposium dress code is business-casual.
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.
PRE/POST CONFERENCE TOURS
Day Tour to Jerusalem – The tastes of Jerusalem
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.
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.
Day Tour to the Galilee
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.
Day Tour to Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra and Acre
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.