The official language of the Congress is English. Kindly note, the Organizing Committee will decide closer to the start of the Congress to have the option for simultaneous translation for a second language. This will be dependant upon the number of participants from different countries.
Tourist Visas Information
Please note that all visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the Country.
Individuals from countries who require an entry visa to Israel should contact the Israeli Embassy/Consulate in their home country to obtain a tourist visa. For a list of Israeli offices abroad and for more information about Israeli visa requirements for tourists, please refer to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
Invitations will be issued by the Congress Secretariat, upon request, to qualified individuals from countries that require an entry visa to Israel. All invitation requests should be sent on the official letterhead of the applicants' company/organization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals from countries without diplomatic relations with Israel may apply to the Congress Secretariat for assistance in obtaining a visa. Applications must be received a minimum of three months prior to the congress, and should include their full name, date and place of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiry, date of arrival and flight details in their application letter. In handling the visa applications, the Congress Secretariat will be in contact with the Israeli authorities and do its best to arrange for a visa to be issued at the airport upon arrival.
Important note for tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries (Except Egypt and Jordan): It is strongly recommended that you request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on your passport. You must notify the clerk at passport control of your request before your documents are stamped.
Note: Passport and visa requirements may change on short notice. Travelers are advised to check entry requirements with the Israeli Embassy/Consulate or with their travel agent prior to departure.
For any question relating to visas, please contact the Congress Secretariat at: email@example.com.
The official airline for the Congress is El Al Israel Airlines. Further information regarding El AL flights will be updated in due course.
The Congress Secretariat will arrange upon request, private transfer from the airport to the selected congress hotels for a fee (up to 2 people) including airport assistance right after passport control. A VIP service from the aircraft doors is also possible for additional charge. Participants who book these services should notify the Secretariat of their arrival details no later than one week prior to arrival and they will be met at the airport by Ortra's representatives.
Rates (up to 2 people):
Airport Assistance & Transfer € 63
Meet with a Congress representative directly after passport control and be escorted through the luggage pickup area to the transfer to your hotel.
VIP Service & Transfer € 126
Meet with a Congress representative outside the aircraft doors and be escorted through passport control and the luggage pickup area to the transfer to your hotel.
The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS), commonly known as the Shekel. Approximate currency rates as of March 2010:
US $ 1 = NIS 3.79
Euro € 1 = NIS 5.10
There are no restrictions on transfer and use of foreign currencies in Israel.
Most international credit cards are accepted.
Electricity in Israel is supplied at 220V, 50Hz and has a three-pin connecting plug.
Value Added Tax Reimbursement
According to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law, a foreign tourist is able to benefit from a zero rate of VAT on a vast array of services obtained during a stay in Israel or request a VAT refund on purchases made during a stay.
For more details please visit the official website of the Ministry of Finance, Israeli Department of Customs and VAT