Participants from most EU countries and the USA do not need visas
to Israel. For participants from other countries, we suggest you
check with your travel agent, local Israeli embassy, or
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at
least six months from the date they enter the country. Please
contact the conference secretariat if a letter of invitation is
needed to assist in applying for a visa. Refer to the Israeli
on Israeli visas.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
contains information on how to obtain a visa for those traveling to
The site also includes contact information for the Israeli
embassies and consulates worldwide. Because regulations for visa
authorization tend to change periodically, we recommend that you
verify the information on the web site with the relevant embassy or
For visa support letters, please send all requests to firstname.lastname@example.org as instructed here.
Participants are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
coverage. The conference organizers shall not be liable for any loss
or damage to property belonging to conference participants nor for
personal injuries sustained during or as a result of the SYSTOR Conference.
Ben Gurion International Airport is the main international gateway
to and from Israel. It is situated approximately 50km (31 miles)
west of Jerusalem.
Climate and Clothing
It is summer in Israel in June. Average temperatures: 18°C
– 28°C (64°F – 82°F). Casual dress is
appropriate for all conference occasions. Sunscreen, a sun hat, and
sunglasses are essential items throughout the year.
The voltage in Israel is 220-240 volt AC.
Stores are generally open Sunday through Thursday 09:00-19:00 and
Friday 09:00-14:00. Most shopping malls are open also on Saturday
from one hour after sundown until 22:00. All "Superpharm" and
"Newpharm" stores include a pharmacy.
Banking and Changing Money
Banks are open Sunday through Thursday 08:30-12:00 and on some
afternoons. Hours vary by branch. All banks are closed on Fridays
The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is the official currency in Israel.
Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport,
banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies. Most
if not all establishments that accept credit cards will honor cards
issued outside of Israel. These cards will also work in most ATMs to
withdraw NIS or $US.
Ben-Gurion International Airport - Haifa: 100km/ 62.5 miles
Ben-Gurion International Airport - Tel-Aviv: 15km/9.5 miles
Ben-Gurion International Airport - Jerusalem: 47km/ 29.5 miles
Haifa - Tel Aviv: 95km/59 miles
Haifa - Jerusalem: 145km/91 miles
Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport
From the Ben Gurion Airport train station, located near the arrivals
hall in the airport, you can take a direct train to Haifa. Buy a
ticket to the Hof HaCarmel station in Haifa and go down the escalator
to the train. Make sure you board on the correct track. Take a taxi
from the Hof HaCarmel station in Haifa to your destination.
For more information, see the Israel Railways site. Note that trains and buses
do not generally run on Saturdays in Israel. If you arrive on Friday
afternoon or Saturday, you will probably want to rent a car or take a
taxi to Haifa.
You can take a direct Egged bus from the airport to Haifa. Take the
947 bus to the Hof HaCarmel station in Haifa and take a city bus or
taxi from there to your destination.
To find out more about the buses that serve the University of Haifa
campus, go to the main Egged Web
Sherut Taxi Service
Shared taxis, called Sheruts, are available from the airport to all
destinations in Israel. Sheruts are much cheaper than the price of a
private taxi, so they're a good deal, especially if you're going to a
distant area such as Haifa or Jerusalem. Keep in mind that you may
have to wait a while, since the taxi only leaves the airport when it
is full. Generally, there are 10 seats in such a car. The rate for a
one way trip from the airport to Haifa (city center) is about 75 NIS
(~USD$20) or 115 NIS (~USD$32) for a specific address.
You can also pay in dollars, but there is no credit card payment
As you exit from the terminal building, look for the supervised taxi
stand. Give your destination to the dispatcher and he will direct you
to the correct taxi. The fares from the airport to some destinations
including Haifa are fixed, so the driver should not use the meter.
The rate for a one way taxi trip from the airport to Haifa is about
521 NIS (~USD$140) or 637 NIS (~USD$172) during nights and Saturdays.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and other local firms have offices at