Israel, Tel Aviv especially, is quickly becoming one of the globe’s technology epicentres and as a result, a growing number of professionals are making business trips much more commonly than ever before. In the past it was common to see religious groups on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but in today’s hi-tech culture, it is now just as common to see the business traveller as it is to see a pilgrim or history buff. If this is your first-ever trip to Israel on business, here are some tips that will make the journey a lot more enjoyable.
1. Have All Your Documents in Order
While you can enter Israel for a stay up to three months in duration without a visa, it is important to have all your documents in order to be checked upon entry as well as at any checkpoints you may encounter throughout the region. Keep your passport handy, any vaccination records you may need at any given time, and of course any supporting documents that you are there on business. Always keep contact information on your person in the event you are in an accident and your next of kin should need to be notified for advice on how to treat you.
2. Make Alternate Travel Arrangements for Saturday
When arriving in Israel unprepared for travelling in this religious state, the one thing you may find a bit disconcerting is just that! It is a religious state and as a result, all Jewish religious mandates are also law in this nation. As a result, public transport may be limited on Saturday, so if you will need to get around the city on weekends, perhaps a rental car would be your best option.
3. Take Time Out to Explore
Who could visit Israel without taking time out to explore some amazing things to do? From shopping to historical sites to technology centres and so much more, why spend all your time on business? Visiting the Dead Sea, for example, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience most people have on their bucket lists, but few people actually take the time to do. From all the temples to some historical sites written about for centuries, you will certainly want to see history (religious and secular) up close and personal!
4. Keep a Money Exchange App on Your Mobile Device
No matter what country you visit for the first time, the currency may be a bit of a challenge. Whilst most UK residents can easily convert pounds to euros without a problem, converting pounds to the New Israeli Shekel (NIS), may present a bit of a challenge. Not to worry, though, because there are a number of apps for your mobile device that will quickly calculate the conversions for you so that you know what to tip when dining out and how much cash to have on hand when exchanging those pounds on your trip. (Most airports and many banks have this service.)
One last word of advice is in order when travelling to Israel on business for your first time. Many Britons are used to rapid changes in climate and so they always pack an array of warm clothing. It is recommended that you go light on the packing because you will rarely need a sweater or coat, especially in the months from April through October. Here again, you have plenty of incentive to get out and about literally any time of year because you will rarely see inclement weather. Take time to see Israel, really see Israel, on your business trip and it will be like a holiday and business trip all in one.