Travelling Tips

 

Travelling tips

 

Weather

The summer lasts from April to October, with July and August being especially hot. There is almost no rainfall during this period. Temperatures cool down between November and March, with rainfall especially likely in January and February. Bring warm clothing during the winter months.

 

Language

The primary language in Nazareth is Arabic. Almost everyone is fluent in Hebrew, and many people speak English to at least a basic level. Signs on major roads are in all three languages.

 

Working Week

The day of rest in Nazareth is Sunday, when many shops are shut. In the rest of Israel, shops and businesses shut during Shabbat, from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Nazareth is particularly busy during Shabbat because many Israeli Jews visit. Wednesday is early closing in Nazareth.

 

Money

The Israeli currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS), or shekel for short. Bank notes are distributed in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 200NIS. Coins are available in 1, 2, 5 and 10NIS. The current exchange rate can be seen at http://www.xe.com/ucc/. Money can be exchanged at most banks, and Nazareth has many change bureaux on the main street, which offer good rates.

 

Banks

Banks are open weekdays from 08.30 to 12.30 or 13.00 and closed on Saturday. Banks also open in the afternoon from 16.00 to 18.30 on some days – check with the bank for details. You will need your passport for transactions. ATMs offer cash in shekels.

 

Value Added Tax (VAT)

VAT in Israel is 16.5% and is usually included in the shown price. Non-Israelis paying in foreign currency are exempt from VAT at hotels, car rentals, on goods priced at more than $100 listed by the Ministry of Tourism. A refund can be claimed at Ben Gurion Airport upon departure with proper documentation.

 

Electric current

Voltage is 220. Sockets tend to be three-pronged, though they accept standard European two-prong plugs. If in doubt, pack an adapter.

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