Formalités / Santé

Customs formalities :

With a few exceptions, visitors to Israel and the Palestinian Territories need only a passport that’s valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Nationals of most Central American and African countries (but not South Africa), India, Singapore and some ex-Soviet republics also require a pre-issued visa (US$17).
If you’re not sure, ask to your Foreign Ministry if you need a Visa.
Visas given at the border are valid for 90 days. But (importantly) you will be asked how long you plan to stay in Israel and what you state is generally what you get. So even if you don’t plan on staying the full three months, you might as well ask for it anyway.


The medical infrastructure is excellent in Israel. No vaccinations are required, but make sure you are up to date with your vaccinations against hepatitis A and B. If you go into the Negev desert or along the Dead Sea , take all necessary precautions against the risk of dehydration, sunstroke and sunburn. Tap water is perfectly safe and suitable for consumption.
Before departure: Consult your doctor (if your dentist ) and do not forget to subscribe to assistance / repatriation insurance
For more information, please visit the following websites:

  • Institut Pasteur ( plug Israel)
  • Institut Pasteur ( record Palestinian territories )
  • Institut de Veille Sanitaire
  • World Health Organization

Security :

Israel is a major tourist destination. Some regions are strongly discouraged travelers , including border areas with Lebanon , Syria , Egypt and southern country bordering the Gaza Strip . General vigilance is needed in the country, as well as strict monitoring guidelines Israeli civilian security available on the website of the Embassy of France in Israel. Travelers are advised to exercise caution in public areas of major cities and gatherings .
JERUSALEM : The City of Jerusalem is relatively safe and hosts many tourists and pilgrims. To the east, the Old City and the Holy Places (especially Temple Mount or Mount Temple) , however, remain an area of ​​regular tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. It is the same neighborhoods of East Jerusalem where Israeli settlers are installed ( Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan , Issawiya or French Hill). If tensions , police deployments are quickly becoming important and access to the Old Town can be closed.
It is recommended to stay vigilant. Should avoid crowds and also to observe discretion and prudence in the use of photographic apparatus , especially during Shabbat or travel in areas with strong religious majority.
PILGRIMS : The movement of groups of Christian pilgrims are relatively easier. However access to Bethlehem is slowed by the need to pass a checkpoint . The wait can be long . In the Old City of Jerusalem , we must be attentive to petty crime .
Generally, it is suggested to keep on saying his passport as the input plug on Israeli territory ; not to hitchhike and do not take hitchhikers ; not to accept packages from strangers , initially as during the stay ; Any use of taxis and official tour operators , who know the potential risks in certain areas; not drive around in neighborhoods and cities ultra -Orthodox on Shabbat , to have a list of emergency numbers.
We strongly recommend that you consult the latest information about the country on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

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