ISPN 2018, Tel Aviv - General Information

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Congress Venue

David InterContinental
Kaufmann St 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 61501, Israel

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A warm Israeli welcome awaits you at the David InterContinental Tel Aviv Hotel. The hotel is in the perfect location, right on the beach, located by the trendy neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek and the beautiful and historic Old City of Jaffa. When you walk out of their doors, whichever way you go you are bound to find a magical and memorable Tel Aviv experience. When you walk back through their doors after a day of exploring, the best service in Tel Aviv awaits you.

Language

The official language of the 46th ISPN Annual Meeting is English.


Time Zone

Standard Time is 2 hours ahead Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) 
Israel operates Daylight-Saving Time which is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). 
Daylight Saving Time starts at 02:00 a.m. on the Friday before the last Sunday of March and ends at 02:00 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.


Visa Requirements

All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they are departing the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez-passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it.

Visitors are entitled to remain in Israel up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them. 

Israel no longer stamps passports at airports and most Land Crossings.  Nonetheless, because at times technical difficulties arise, and at times, the border control must revert to back to the method of stamping passports, we recommend that tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries officially request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on their passport. The tourist must notify the clerk of this request before documents are stamped.

Many countries have a Visa Waiver Program with Israel, which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a visa arranged in advance. Before embarking on a trip, visitors desiring to stop in Israel on their way to other destinations must check if they need a pre-arranged tourist visa. The list of countries in the following link specifies from which countries tourists are required to present a prearranged visa


https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Tourists.pdf


All Visa Waiver Program travelers must present a machine-readable passport at the port of entry in order to enter Israel without a prearranged visa; otherwise, a visa is required. This applies to tourists arriving with a passage card from countries with a Waiver Program.


Transportation

Israel is a small country, which makes getting around fast and convenient. Taxis are common in Tel Aviv and throughout the country for urban and interurban travel and can be flagged in the street or booked via phone or designated international apps such as GetTexi.

The main forms of public transportation are buses and the national train service both offering a convenient, reasonably priced means of travel to nearly every destination in the country.

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths in the central bus station in each city or town, or from the driver. Most of the bus lines do not run on Shabbat or on Jewish holidays. Service ends on Friday afternoon and resumes Saturday evening.

Students are entitled to discounts on intercity bus lines.  To receive a discount they must present an international student card when purchasing tickets.

Smart ride card - Rav Kav

Tourists can purchase an Anonymous Rav Kav Card. It can be purchased on board for a small fee and then can be reloaded with a regular Multi-Ride or Single ticket, usually within the region offering a 20% discount.

Tourists cannot use a Personal Rav Kav Card which has all the passenger’s personal details and is for citizens.

Renting a Car

Most international car rental companies and local companies have offices in the large cities and at Ben Gurion Airport.  It is recommended to reserve a car in advance from abroad.

To rent a car in Israel the driver must be over 24 years of age and must hold a valid international driver’s license and an international credit card.

Israel has an extensive road system and clear signage in most places (in Hebrew, English, and Arabic).


Climate

With around merely 40 rainy days a year on average, Israel is known for its sunny disposition, yet keep in mind this is a 4 season country. Summers are long, lasting from April to October and the height of heat and humidity is usually around July-August. Fall and winter last from November to March.

The southern city of Eilat enjoys nearly 360(!) sunny days a year, making it the hottest city in Israel (no pun intended).

The Israeli Meteorological Service: www.ims.gov.il


Clothing

The dress code for ISPN 2018 is business formal for all occasions unless stated otherwise.


Electrical Supply

The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pinholes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, travel irons, and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.


Liability & Insurance

The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee nor the Conference Secretariat assumes any liability.

Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.


Currency & Exchange

Currency exchange rates

The State of Israel’s currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS) or shekel for short (pluralized as shkalim in Hebrew or shekels in English). There is 100 agorot (agora in singular) in each shekel. Banknotes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200; coins are in denominations of NIS10, NIS5, NIS2 NIS1 and 50 and 10  agorot.
 

Changing Money

Unlimited sums of local and foreign money may be brought into Israel as cash, travelers’ checks, credit cards or State of Israel bonds. Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is required when exchanging travelers’ checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission. It is recommended, though not obligatory, to carry a small amount of US dollars, since certain tourist sites, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, take payment in dollars. More Information is available here.
  

Cash Withdrawal

Holders of international credit cards can withdraw local or foreign currency at banks which accept their credit cards. There are Automated Teller Machines outside most banks.


Safety & Security

Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.


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