FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the best currency to take? Should I take cash or travellers’ cheques?
Israeli traders prefer U S Dollars, though many accept Sterling and Euros. Cash is best as it is often difficult to change travellers’ cheques. We recommend that you not purchase Israeli shekels prior to travelling: you will be given them in change.
ATM machines are difficult to find outside Jerusalem, so it is simplest to take all the cash you feel you will need with you.
In the USA ATM machines are widely available in larger towns and cities, though we are generally in smaller communities until we reach Nauvoo.
Spending money and tipping
As you are travelling half-board, you need only money for water, lunches and souvenirs. In Israel allow approx £10 per lunch; in the US we would advise approx $15 per lunch. It is important to keep hydrated so you should always provide yourself with a bottle of water in your daypack and drink frequently.
Tipping: please see current tour booking form
What insurance do I need?
Travel insurance can be arranged through Maranatha Tours; please see booking form.
Vigilance is always needed in public places: should you be so unfortunate as to have something stolen, please inform Peter or Arthur immediately and you will be taken to the local Police to make the necessary reports for your insurance claim.
Do I need any vaccinations?
No vaccinations are needed for either the US or Israel.
Passports and Visas
Please check that your passport is up-to-date in plenty of time and valid for the dates of travel and for a minimum of 6 months after your return date.
No visa is needed for Israel. For the USA you will need the new ESTA, available at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ Please use this site, as others may make a further charge additional to the US Government’s own charge.
Weather and clothing
Springtime in Israel is like a warm summer’s day in England, with occasional rain showers and cool evenings. You should carry a rainproof in your daypack and pack a jumper or cardigan for the evenings.
The USA in springtime can vary from cold and snowy to warm and sunny, so layers are advisable. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are a must, and trousers are acceptable for ladies, except of course for worship services.
Religious sites in Israel require modest dress: shoulders must be covered, and occasionally ladies’ heads, so we suggest carrying a headscarf. Shorts must reach to below the knee for both male and female visitors. A hat is advisable for hot days; for instance at Masada the sun can be intense.
Can I bring my medicines?
You should consult your GP if you have any queries about your health and the advisability of travel. You should carry a supply of any prescribed medicines for the whole duration of the tour and please advise Arthur or Peter. It may be safest to carry those in your hand-luggage, together with a doctor’s note as to your needs.
Other medicines: anti-diarrhoea medication, of which the most effective is Imodium, should be included in your packing, and Dioralyte is also worth bringing. Both of these are available without prescription at chemists. Sunscreen is advisable, as is an anti-mosquito spray for the evenings, plus bite-relief just in case!