health matters in israel
Generally, US and Canadian citizens are not required to get any immunizations prior to traveling to Israel.
Other Health Concerns
Discipleship Travel LLC can not offer specific medical advice. However, we can direct your attention to the Center for Disease Control’s website, which has a page dedicated to travel to Israel and the West Bank.
We recommend that you visit the CDC page linked above and consult with your physician about any kind of immunization you may need before you travel to Israel.
Health Care and Insurance
The health care system in Israel is very good, among the best in the world. So, if you should have a health episode while in Israel, you’ll be in one of the better places in the world for something like that to occur. However, you will be responsible for the cost of your care. And you will likely have to pay the entirety of your medical bill before you receive a medical release to leave the country.
Some US based health insurance policies provide coverage outside the US. Please check with your provider to determine your coverage. Please get everything in writing, and should your provider say that you do have coverage in Israel, please get details of which doctors, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies you are able to use with your policy.
If you do not yet have health insurance coverage, please consider purchasing travel insurance by following the Travel Guard banner below.
Water in Israel
Although the water in Israel – even from public fountains – is safe to drink, it is not recommended that tourists drink the water. Your stomach is not adjusted to the local water and you might end up with an upset stomach. Bottled water is available on the bus for a reasonable $1 per bottle. We think it’s better to spend the money on bottled water than risk spending the day back at the hotel.