Entering Israel (via the airport): If you are arriving by plane, you should fly into Ben Gurion International Airport whose three letter code is TLV.
Please note that entering Israel has at times been an unpleasant experience for an unfortunate few. Even though most of the time everything goes smoothly, it is best to be prepared. In your hand luggage please carry the following items in addition to your passport:
- Information on the conference, including the Internet address of the conference website.
- If you are presenting a paper, a copy of the email stating that your paper has been accepted.
- If you asked and received from me a letter of invitation, bring the letter.
- Details on where you will be staying.
- Details on any tours you will be taking.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, bring contact information for members of the Conference Organizing Committee. This is in case the airport officials have any questions. This information will be sent out to all conference registrants about two weeks before the start of the conference.
When you get off the plane, follow the signs to passport control. Most of you will join the line for "all other passports". Here you will receive your visa. According to our sources, Israel no longer stamps passports on a regular basis, but rather gives you a separate sheet of paper with your visa. Keep this sheet of paper with your passport while you are in Israel.
After leaving the passport control area you will find yourself in the baggage claim area. There will be (free) luggage trolleys on your right hand side and directly in front there will be an information desk and a representative of the ministry of tourism. Inside the baggage claim area there is also a place to exchange money and ATM machines. After you collect your luggage you will be ready to pass through customs. There are two lines:
-- Green for nothing to declare. Most people that have nothing to declare walk through the green line without stopping, but random checks (e.g. luggage scans and/or searches) sometimes occur.
-- Red if you have something to declare.
After going through customs you will be in the airport reception hall. Again you have places to exchange money, ATMs, and there is also a place to rent a cell phone.
Getting into Israel
The State of Israel regulates who can and cannot enter the country. Citizens of the U.S, Canada, most of Europe and many other countries can obtain a free tourist visa at any point of entry into Israel. A good unofficial source of information can be found via the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Israel. Official (governmental) information can be found here. If you need a visa, click here for information on where to obtain your visa. Citizens of countries with diplomatic relations with Israel (e.g., China) should not have too much difficulty obtaining a visa from their local Israeli embassy or consulate. Citizens of countries without diplomatic relations with Israel should contact us for help. In either case, we urge you to deal with getting a visa ahead of time and not leave it to the last minute.
We will help you to deal with the bureaucracy as much as we can as well as provide letters and documentation needed to demonstrate the purpose of your visit. If you need a letter of invitation or any other help, just write Nilly at Nilly.POMS.Israel@gmail.com.
Getting from Ben-Gurion International Airport to your destination
For official information from the airport authorities, click here.
From the airport we suggest either taking an official taxi (we suggest not using the services of the people who come around telling you that they are better than the taxis) or the train. For example, to get from the airport to the conference hotel we suggest that you either:
- Take a train from the airport to the Tel Aviv – Savidor Center station, sometime called “Arlozorov” station and sometimes called “Mercaz” station and then a taxi ride (about 15 minutes) from this train station to the airport. The train should cost about 14 NIS and the taxi about 40 NIS.
You can find the train station just outside of Terminal 3 (almost all flights arrive to Terminal 3). You can purchase your ticket from the ticket window or use one of the ticket machines next to the entrance. You will need your ticket to both enter the train station at the airport and exit the train station at your destination.
You can find the taxi at the Tel Aviv – Savidor Center station just outside the train station.
- Take a taxi directly from the airport. The taxi should cost about 250 NIS. We suggest that you take one of the official taxis from the taxi station and dispatcher post located in front of Terminal 3 on Level G, near exit door 01. Note that depending on traffic the train combined with a taxi sometimes takes less time than a taxi.
- Please note that Uber currently does not operate in Israel. The application Gett Taxi dose work in Israel. Gett is currently working from the airport, but there are rumors that this could stop at any time.
- Please note that trains do not run on the Jewish Sabbath. Currently the last train from the airport on Friday is at 2:30 PM and the first train on Saturday is at 9:15 PM.
- Information on the trains’ timetable can be found here.
Arriving by bus
If you want to arrive to the conference using public transportation you should take buse 4, 10, 13, 104, 121, 161, or 204 to the Ben Yehuda/Gordon bus stop or buse 5, 39, 61, 90, or 239 to the Dizengoff/Gorden bus stop.
Parking can be found in the Atarim Square parking lot (חניון כיכר אתרים), just north of the conference hotel. For those coming from the north, after the Hilton Hotel, immediately before Atarim Square enter the service road and follow the signs to the Atarim parking lot. For those coming from the south, drive north on the promenade road, pass under the Atarim Square, continue until the Hilton lights (the first one allows a U-turn) and return towards Atarim Square. Immediately before Atarim Square enter the service road and follow the signs to the Atarim parking lot. The conference can be accessed from the beach entrance to the hotel, just go up the stairs.
Some useful distance information:
- Ben-Gurion International Airport – Tel-Aviv: 15km/9.5 miles
- Ben-Gurion International Airport – Haifa: 100km/ 62.5 miles
- Ben-Gurion International Airport – Jerusalem: 47km/ 29.5 miles
- Tel Aviv – Haifa: 95km/59 miles
- Jerusalem – Haifa: 145km/91 miles