Israel (not including the West Bank and Gaza – see
Palestine) features popular tourist destinations such as the Dead Sea, Baha’i Gardens, Masada National Park, and Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Israel may differ from your home country. Israel has public and private health sectors that both provide a high standard of care that meets international standards. The overall efficiency of the Israeli healthcare system is ranked high compared to other developed nations. Private clinics and hospitals operate throughout the country but the public health sector provides the majority of the country’s care. Many physicians speak English.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Israel typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate
travel health insurance to reimburse you and cover any additional medical costs. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Israel.
Pharmacies and essential medications are widely available and many pharmacists speak English.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Israel's embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a narcotic or psychotropic, you can review Israel's regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in Israel are in good condition and public transportation is efficient and safe. Drivers and all occupants of a vehicle are required to wear a seat belt at all times.
Travelling to Israel?
Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Israel. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary: