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Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required before arrival.

Health Insurance

Even as a tourist, it's possible to get pretty complete medical coverage at reasonable rates through one of Israel's excellent HMOs provided you’ll be staying for at least three to six months. For details, drop by one of the offices of these organisations:

Maccabi Healthcare Services ( Look for details on its Well-Come program.

Me’uchedet ( Provides coverage under its Foreign Members Plan.

In Jerusalem

Tap Water

Tap water is safe to drink but sometimes has an unpleasant taste (it can be slightly saline) so many locals use filters or spring water dispensers at home. Bottled water is available everywhere.

Medical Services

Hadassah Medical Centre Ein Kerem The Ein Kerem campus of this venerable hospital has a 24-hour emergency department and staff who speak English and Russian. Board a westbound train from the Central Bus Station and disembark at the last stop (Mt Herzl), where you can transfer to bus 27.

Hadassah Medical Centre Mount Scopus The Mt Scopus campus of this nonprofit hospital has a 24-hour emergency department and a specialist paediatric emergency department that is also open 24 hours.

Orthodox Society Medical Centre In the Old City’s Christian Quarter, the Orthodox Society operates a low-cost medical and dental clinic that welcomes travellers.

Super-Pharm Pharmacy located between Jaffa Gate and the downtown area.

Terem Efficient multilingual walk-in medical clinic that handles everything from minor ailments to emergencies. It’s a short walk from the Central Bus Station.