Climate and Clothing
Jerusalem weather is warm in May, with a possibility of heatwaves.
The average daily temperature is 25°C, but could at times reach over 30°C.
Light clothing is recommended, with something a bit warmer to wear in the evening.
In general, the Israeli dress code is very casual. There is no formal dress code for business meetings, most restaurants or cultural events.
The Israeli currency is New Israeli Shekel (NIS).
Banknotes in use are: 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).
Foreign currency (and traveler's cheques 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.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
In Israel the power plugs and sockets are of type C (EU) and H (unique to Israel but works with plug C). The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 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 at airports, hotels and shops in the area.
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.
Smaller grocery shops around the city are open every day until 23:00.
Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, shopping malls, cinemas, theaters and on public transport.
VAT (17%) is included in the price of all products and services, and should not be paid separately.
Gratuities are optional. The common practice is to give 10-20% in restaurants and bars for good service.