Policies

Visas and Passports
  • Participants must have a valid passport that will not expire within six months of entry date (December 14, 2013). If a passport expires before December 14, 2013 it must be renewed; participants may need to apply for an expedited passport. USA passport holders do not require a tourist visa to travel to Israel.
Ground Transportation
  • MEPI will provide roundtrip ground transportation between the Tel Aviv airport and the hotel for arrivals only on Tuesday, May 14 and departures only on Sunday, May 19.
  • Ground transportation to and from the Tel Aviv airport on days other than May 14 and May 19 is the responsibility of the participant. Travel by taxi is around $70. A shared-ride taxi minibus (Sherut – Nesher) is around $15 and can be arranged at the main exit of the arrival hall at Tel Aviv airport (Yellow vans on the right) or through the hotel for departure.
  • When arriving at Tel Aviv airport, participants should look for a MEPI representative holding a sign saying “MEPI”. If the representative can not be found by the time they receive their luggage, participants should call Miri at 972-50-955-7092 or Rosa at 972-50-731-4324.
Accommodations
  • Sleeping rooms at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel are assigned on a double-occupancy basis – two persons to a room. If participants have a particular roommate in mind, they and their roommate should each request each other on their registration forms, and ideally arrive and depart at the same times.
  • If a participant desires to stay in a single room for the duration of the tour, an additional fee of $300 should be applied when completing the online registration form.
  • Check-in time at the hotel begins at 12:00 noon on May 14 and check-out is before 12:00 noon on May 19. Additional hotel charges will apply for early check-in or late check-out and are the responsibility of the participant.

  • Each participant is responsible for personal expenses such as room service, mini bar, telephone calls (using phone cards is recommended), laundry, etc. If such services are desired, participants should indicate that at the hotel reception desk upon check-in where a personal credit card will be recorded to cover personal expenses. Personal accounts must be settled during check-out.
  • Tipping is not necessary for cab drivers. As for restaurants, bills should be checked to see if “service is included” (it often is). If not, a 10 – 15% tip is appropriate. It is accepted practice to tip hotel staff, tour guides and tour bus drivers. The expected minimum for the tour guides is US$5 per day, bus drivers US$3 per day, and hotel maids, US$1 per day.
Security
  • Most time will be spent on private tour buses, in a secured hotel, and at holy sites in and outside of Jerusalem. Travel will not be on public buses or in the open commercial areas where security is more difficult to maintain.
  • Meetings with Muslim, Jewish, Druze and Christian friends to demonstrate goodwill and unity will be coordinated by officials with the highest concern for safety. Each participant must take personal, prayerful responsibility for their own participation in this pilgrimage/peace mission.
  • It is necessary that participants make a photocopy of their passport and leave it in their hotel room during their stay in Israel. Passport and hotel contact information must be carried at all times.
  • Personal belongings, such as cameras, purses, etc. should be cared for at all times and not left in public places. Valuables should be stored in hotel room safes. When travelling, participants should be mindful of pickpockets or “scam artists” in public places. MEPI will not be responsible for loss or damage of personal belongings.
Sightseeing
  • Visits will be made to religious sites during the tour. Women should cover legs, cleavage and shoulders (even arms in some mosques). A light scarf can serve as a wrap or headscarf.
  • The weather in Israel will be mild with high temperatures during the day in the 80’s and low temperatures at night in the 60’s.
  • It is recommended that participants take sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen and water bottle while sightseeing. Other useful items are wet wipes, small roll of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and insect repellent.
Insurance and Liability for Loss
  • Participants should be aware that the tour includes visits to sites that require some walking and going up and down stairs and small hills. Any handicap or special needs should be indicated when completing the online registration form. Participants are responsible to arrange their own travel insurance.
  • MEPI is not responsible for loss of private property (such as lost luggage), or for personal medical conditions. Participants should consult with their health insurer about international travel and prepare all the necessary documents that would be needed in the event of an emergency. This should include, but not be limited to, the exact contact information for doctors, prescription details, etc.
Medicine
  • All medicine should be packed in carry-on bags, not in regular luggage. This prevents problems if luggage is delayed.
Electricity
  • The electric current in Israel is 220-volt AC, 50Hz cycles. Sockets are round-pronged and three-pinned (though many can accept two-pinned plugs). Adaptors for international travel can be found at Best Buy. If participants are taking electrical appliances such as a hairdryer that is for 120 volts only (as used in Canada and the United States), they will need a transformer.
Language
  • The language of the program will be English. If translation is needed, participants should indicate their need for translation in the online registration form.
Tour Package Fee
  • The fee includes:
  • -  All tours and transportation between May 14-May 19
    -  Accommodations for five nights from May 14 through May 18 (double-occupancy)
    -  All meals beginning with dinner on May 14 and ending with breakfast on May 19
    -  Ground transportation between the airport and the hotel only on May 14 and May 19
  • The fee does not include airfare; incidentals such as room service, phone calls, tips, and meals outside the conference plan; any visas required for Israel, additional nights, ground transportation on any days other than May 14, 2013 to May 19, 2013 or from any city other than Tel Aviv.
  • Payment is due by credit card at the time of online registration or by personal check to be received by a local MEPI representative before May 10, 2013.