Travellers to Israel who pay some attention to hygiene and skincare usually don’t run into health problems, apart from some harmless intestinal complaints.

Food and drinks
Tap water is not suitable for consumption. Mineral water is usually for sale but expensive. Soda water is a good alternative. If you order a drink, ask if they serve your drink without ice cubes, because they are usually made from uncooked water and germs may contain. Incidentally, where many western tourists will stay in most hotels, the ice cubes are made from boiled water, ask for it. In small restaurants, you should not advance peeled fruit or salads. Preferably eat in busy restaurants. People eat there for a reason and the velocity of the prepared food is high. Do not eat ice cream, except in expensive restaurants. Wash your hands thoroughly before you eat.

Medical passport
If you are on prescription medicine, bring an extra supply and keep it separated. This way you’ll always have a spare stock. Ask your pharmacy to draw up a medical passport for you. This includes names of the substances and the exact composition of the medication that you use. Keep this document and your medication in your hand luggage. If you have a chronic illness, ask your GP for a written explanation of your disease and its treatment (in English).

For information about vaccinations and use of malaria medications, we would like to refer you to a medical specialist. Further information is subject to change and the question of what you need additionally is dependent on previous vaccinations, possible sensitivity to certain drugs, pregnancy, age, etc. Shoestring phone gives no further information about vaccinations.

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