Money: Currency

  • The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is divided into 100 Agorot.
  • Foreign currency (especially United States dollars or Euros) are usually accepted, though change will often be given in shekels. Paying in foreign currency on items such as accommodation and car rental avoids Value Added Tax of 18% (VAT).
  • ATMs are widespread and credit cards are widely accepted, but sometimes pilgrims’ hostels usually require payment in cash.
  • If you are visiting in a country where your national currency isn’t widely used or accepted, make sure to change your notes before departing to that destination. Currency exchange always proves expensive when on tour.