Israel is located in the Eastern Mediterranean and has a population of 7.3 million people. Beyond its spiritual connection, Israel has distinct character and atmosphere all to itself. It is home to seascapes, deserts and historical points of interest. The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic; however a number of other languages, including English, are also spoken.

Medical tourism

See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

Israel has a Mediterranean climate with pleasant weather all year round. Winters in the north, however, can be cool.

Money and costs

The national currency is the New Shekel (ILS, symbol ₪). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Tourists from the USA, Canada, Australia, UK and most of the EU do not require visas for entry into Israel for stays of up to three months.

Getting there

The two main airports for entering Israel are Tel Aviv and Eilat Central Airport.

Dialling codes

To call Israel, the country dialling code is +972.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Israel at:

Lonely Planet -​israel

Israel Embassy in the USA -

Israel Embassy in the UK -

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011