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.
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.