Frequently Asked Questions
SALT Israel 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that you probably have questions about this trip! We’d encourage you to sign up for our mailing list, so we can keep you updated as we finalize the itinerary and share news. This way, if you have a question, you’ll be able to email JoeAngel or Luke about this trip directly.
But first, check out a few of these questions that we think you may be asking.
- What is the size of group that will be on this trip?
We anticipate this group to be somewhere between 30-50. Our minimum to take this trip is 25 people. If we do not get that, we will refund all deposits.
If we get more than 50 people interested, we will start a waiting list, so if you know you want to go, please make sure to pay your deposit as soon as possible!
- Do I get any discounts by registering early?
Unfortunately, we are not offering an early-bird discount. However, we will be giving a free Israel dinner at SALT19 to those registered and paid in full on or before October 4, 2019.
Additionally, we will be giving a SALT19 ticket to those registered and paid in full prior to September 4, 2019.
The last day to register is November 4, 2019.
- When is the last day to register for this trip?
The last day to register for this trip is on November 4, 2019.
However, the last day to register with the Payment Plan (deposit + 3 monthly payments) is August 4, 2019.
- Can I Cancel or Transfer My Registration/Deposit?
The deposit is non-refundable, unless we don’t have 25 people sign up (because we have to provide payments to the hotel, airline and travel agency to hold spots). However, we will let you transfer your reservation to someone else. The last day to transfer registration without fees is October 4, 2019.
- How is Lodging Determined?
If you choose a single-occupancy room, you will have the room to yourself. However, everyone else will have a roommate (to save costs). If you want to register with a spouse or pre-determined roommate, please let us know at the time of registration. Otherwise, when we do rooming lists, we will randomly assign you a same-gender roommate. The last day to let us know your preferred roommate is November 4, 2019.
- Do I need to know my roommate when I book?
No! However, make sure you choose double-occupancy as your room choice, and you can let us know who you want to roommate to be, anytime before November 4, 2019.
- Do I need a passport to register? What if it is expired?
Yes! You will need a current passport to be able to register for SALT Israel 2020. Furthermore, you will need to make sure your expiration date on your passport is valid through August 2020 in order to be able to return to the United States.
If you are not traveling with us from the United States, and would like to attend this trip, please contact [email protected] and let us work with you.
- Do I need a Visa to travel to Israel?
If you are traveling from the United States, you do not need a separate Visa to visit Israel. Please make sure you have an updated Passport and it doesn’t expire within 6 months of returning to the States (August 2020 or later expiration date).
There are no exceptions to this policy.
Please do not register until you have your passport in hand.
- Is ground transportation included in the cost of the trip?
Yes! However, if you choose to do something on your free-day, or something that is not part of this itinerary, you will be responsible for those costs. Our group will be renting a deluxe air-conditioned coach bus (with free WiFi) that will be ours for the entire week.
Once we get to Jerusalem, we will be walking considerably since most of the locations on our itinerary are so close to each other. Please make sure to prepare accordingly.
- Do I need travel insurance?
Travel Insurance is not included in our registration fees, and would need to be secured from a third party insurance provider.
- How safe is traveling to Israel?
While Israel is a very safe country to visit, we will encourage everyone on the trip to use the same precautions they would normally use when traveling in a foreign country.
It’s safe to say that America and Israel have great relationships and your trip leaders will remind you throughout the process that Israel wants to protect both you and tourists.
- Will there be WiFi everywhere? Or do I need to bring my cell phone?
You will have access to Wi-Fi on our bus (mostly wherever we will be traveling) as well, both hotels have free Wi-Fi for guests. Further, most restaurants and coffee shops have internet access, so you will likely be able to FaceTime Audio call your friends and family while overseas. Wi-Fi also makes it easy to iMessage or email with those back home.
If you want to have full cell phone use over in Israel, we would recommend reaching out to your cell phone provider. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all have great rates for international short-term plans if you choose to use your phone while abroad.
- What do I need to expect to pay for while on this trip? Do they take US Dollars or credit cards?
Each participant on this trip will be responsible for getting to the departure airport (right now we are expecting this to be JFK Airport in New York City). On top of that transportation, you will need to plan for the following:
- Tips / gratuities for driver & guide (plan for $80/person for the week)
- Lunches (if you choose to eat, estimate $10-20 per meal)
- Transportation / museum entrance fees for you free day (pre-planned days on the itinerary have included all of these costs)
- Additional spending money for shopping, beverages, or activities you choose to participate in beyond the trip itinerary
The United States Dollar is accepted in most places in Israel. However, there may be a few places where change in US currency will not be available. Please be prepared to negotiate with store vendors and marketplace shops.
Credit cards are generally accepted (in most established places of business). We recommend calling your credit card company ahead of time to identify international exchange fees and to ensure that they card doesn’t get declined while traveling abroad.
Israel’s primary currency is the Shekel. If you choose, you can exchange money in ATM’s or banks throughout the region (including the airport).
- Will my outlets work over there? Do I need an adapter?
Most hotel rooms are quipped with hair dryers and have shaving sockets. For all other appliances, Israel’s electricity runs on 220v (United States is 120v). Therefore, you will need a 110v-220v transformer. Here is a link to a few on Amazon you may want to pick up before the trip.
Israel outlets are typically three-prong, but still have a chance to fry your electronics if they don’t have built in transformers.
- Is the water safe to drink in Israel?
Yes, the tap water in Israel is safe to drink. However, if you prefer to drink bottled water while on the trip, you will need to purchase that once you get over there.
- What do I need to pack? Do I need any medical preparations before traveling?
We will provide a more detailed list to those registered closer to the time of departure!
As far as medications, there are no specific immunizations that are required before traveling to Israel. However, you may want to consult your doctor before traveling abroad.
- I want to bring my spouse. Can they get a discount?
We would love for you and your spouse to experience this together! However, this would be the same situation as two individuals who want to room together, therefore there is no additional discounts.
If you want to attend as a couple, simply make sure to choose double-occupancy room for both of your registrations, and put your spouse in the preferred roommate box. We will make sure you two will be together.
- I have another question, who do I reach out to?