General Information about Israel

Time Zone
Summer time will be in effect at the time of the conference, meaning that Israel will be GMT +2:00.

Climate and Clothing
The weather in March in Tel Aviv is mild with occasional rain showers.
The average daily temperature is 24°C. Light clothing with something warm to wear in the evenings is recommended.

Credit Cards
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Currency
Currency (and travelers checks in most major foreign currencies) can be exchanged at any bank, post office, most of the larger hotels and currency exchange locations around the city.
In Israel banknotes are issued in Shekels (ILS) in the following denominations: 20 ILS, 50 ILS, 100 ILS and 200 ILS. Coins in use are: 10 Agorot, 50 Agorot, 1 ILS, 2 ILS, 5 ILS and 10 ILS (One New Israeli Shekel = 100 Agorot).

As of January 2016,1 USA Dollar is approximately equivalent to 3.9 ILS and 1 Euro is 4.35 ILS.

Internet Connections
All hotels that are working with this event have internet connections (cable and/or wireless) either on a paying basis or as a complimentary service.
Participants are advised to check availability and rates with their chosen hotel.

Business Hours
Banks, post office, major shops and public offices are generally open as follows:
Sunday to Thursday – 08:30-13:00; 16:00-18:30, Friday – 08:30-12:00
Saturday – Closed

Electricity Supply
Voltage in Israel: 230 Volts (50 Hz). Please note the socket types below (diagram #1 is the most currently available socket type).
An adaptor may be needed. Adaptors are easy to find in airports, hotels, or shops in the area.

Insurance
The organizers cannot accept any responsibility for accidents, losses and/or damage which may occur.
Participants are advised to obtain travel, medical, personal accident and luggage insurance in their home country prior to departure.

Passports, Visas and Vaccination
All travelers must have a passport with at least six months validity remaining from the date of entry to Israel as well as a return ticket from Israel.

Participants are advised to check with their local travel agency about regulations regarding passports, visas, and vaccinations and, particularly, the time required for obtaining a visa, if necessary. In case of doubt, information can be obtained from the nearest Israeli embassy, consulate or diplomatic mission.

Postal Rates
Most large hotels will be able to assist you with any postal services you may require.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, shopping malls, cinemas, theaters and on public transport. In hotels, non-smoking floors/rooms are available. Smoking rooms can be booked upon request on your registration form.

Taxes
Taxes (17%) are included in the price of all products and services.

Telephones
Public telephones are available throughout Tel Aviv and within the lobbies of most hotels. International and domestic calls can be made from hotel rooms. Israel’s country code is 972.

Tipping
Gratuities are optional, but the common practice is to give 10-15% in restaurants and bars for good service.
Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Transportation from the Airport

Public Transportation
Public transportation services are located in the three-storey bridge on the second floor, next to Gates 21 and 23.

Special Transportation
A number of companies providing special transportation services from the Airport to various areas throughout the country operate at BGN.

Car Rental
The car rental companies’ counters are located on the first floor of the East Gallery in the Greeters’ Hall. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Taxis
Taxi services are regulated and the Taxi companies at BGN operate under permission.

Trains
The train station is located on Level S of the Landside Building, Next to the Greeters’ Hall. For train schedule and more information:
http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx

About Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, also known as “the city that never stops” because of its nonstop active nightlife. It considered being the largest and the busiest metropolis in Israel, It a cultural center as an economic center

Dining Facilities
Tel Aviv offers a large number of restaurants to suit every budget and from a large verity of tastes. Relevant details and information are available through hotel concierge services.

About Israel Trade Fairs Center
MEDinISRAEL 2017 will take place in Hall 1 at the Israel Trade Fairs Center – Rokach Boulevard 101, Tel Aviv.

The Israel Trade Fairs Center is the largest and most sophisticated complex in Israel for organizing conferences, exhibitions, trade fairs, examinations, performances and events at an international scale. Hundreds of events and exhibitions are held in the complex each year and attract more than 2.5 million visitors annually.

The Israel Trade Fairs Center is located in Tel Aviv, About 10 minutes from the hotels area in a taxi.