Trip to Israel: what can and cannot be done
If you intend to visit Israel from Kiev or any other city or country, you should know that this is a country in which it is forbidden to photograph other people’s children, and on Shabbat you should not smoke in public places.
But in general, not everything is as bad and scary as it seems. There are no official prohibitions in this country, it is a free state, but local traditions should be taken into account, here most of the population honors, respects and respects them. About how not to get into trouble during the journey through the holy land, we will tell in this article.
Travel Tip # 1
According to Jewish traditions, Saturday is a required day of rest. This day is Shabbat, which begins on Friday evening and ends with sunset only on Saturday. During this period of time, shops, restaurants and other public institutions (of course, not all) may not work. Even public transport does not work, so if you need to get somewhere, then a taxi is the only way out for a tourist. You should not drive by car to the religious quarters of Jerusalem, however, if you are eating with professional representatives of a tour operator according to the program, for example, “Kiev – Israel”, then they should tell you about this nuance.
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Travel Tip # 2
As we have already said, Israel has a very high level of security. Therefore, do not be indignant when airport staff or security personnel in a public place look at your luggage and personal belongings upon arrival – this is a normal and usual procedure that locals have long been accustomed to.
Travel Tip # 3
Leaving personal belongings or baggage even for 5 minutes unattended is an excuse for the security services to work, they can regard your belongings as a bomb left by a terrorist and the like. Take pictures only when you are allowed. At airports, train stations and other public institutions, this is best not done.
Travel Tip # 4
Remember, 90% of all restaurants in Israel are kosher, that is, they do not serve pork and seafood, however, there are also no kosher ones. And if you went to a restaurant, and it was written “kosher”, then in no case do you need to ask about the availability of pork or seafood!
Travel Tip # 5
Always carry water with you. A bottle of water will save you from overheating in a warm, “good-natured” Israeli climate. Ideally – 2 liters of water and you will be ready to explore the Promised Land far and wide.