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Israel (מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל) is a small country in the Middle East. It is bordered by Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank to the east, and Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the southwest. It has a population of 7.5 million people, of which 5.7 million are Jews. The second largest ethnic group are Arab citizens of Israel, which are Muslims, Christians, Druze and Samaritans.
The capital of Israel is Jerusalem while its main financial center is Tel Aviv. The country practices parliamentary representative democracy.
Travel Tips to Principal Cities in Israel
Jerusalem Travel Tips Sacred city to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem is also the largest city in Israel.
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Planning your visit to Israel
Nationals of most European and North American countries as well as Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Russia do not need a visa to enter Israel. Nationals of Germany born before 1 January, 1928 do need to apply for a visa prior to arriving.
Entering Israel may result in your being barred entry to a number of Arab and Islamic countries. If you wish to also visit an Arab state, ask the Israeli immigration office to stamp on a separate piece of paper rather than your passport. Countries that will give you trouble include Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yeman.
The main gateway to Israel is the Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv. It is the base for Israel's three main airlines, namely El Al, Arkia Israel Airlines and Israir. Budget travelers can fly Easyjet from London's Luton Airport or by Air Berlin from Berlin to Tel Aviv.
From the airport, you can take public bus 947 to downtown Jerusalem. The fare is 20 NIS. You can reach Tel Aviv from the airport by taking the train, for 14 NIS.
The Sabbath is observed fervently in Israel. Between Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, everything takes a rest. That means, no train or bus services, and very limited taxis.
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