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Information About Palestine

General Information:

  Palestine lies between the Mediterranean Coast and the Jordan River, at the crossroads between Africa and the Middle East. It is located to the south of Lebanon and to the west of Jordan.


Airports & Crossing Borders:

  Since Palestine is not a recognized state yet and is still under the Israeli occupation, it has no control over its ports of entry or exit. Thus, to visit Palestine you have to enter via Israel through one of the following:
         1.Air: Ben Gurion International Airport which is located near the city of Lod, 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Tel Aviv.
         2.Land: From Jordan through Allenby, Sheikh Hussain and Arava crossing borders. Also from Egypt through Taba and Rafah crossing borders.


Climate:

  The climate is clear during the year; it is cold in winter with the possibility of snowing in some areas. In general, Palestine enjoys friendly weather. The most convenient place in winter is Jericho. Average temperatures in Palestine range from 9-18° C in winter and 26- 30° C in summer.


Language:

  Arabic is the mother official language. English is our second language and spoken in almost everywhere in Palestine.Moreover, other languages such as Italian, French, German and Spanish are spoken with less extent.

 

Electricity:

  Electricity in Palestine is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If your system is different it is advised to bring your own voltage converter or adapter. Power sockets have three pin holes, but it also works with double pin holes.


Currency:

  The major currency in Palestine is the Israeli Shekel. US dollars, Jordanian dinars and Euros are also widely used and accepted. In addition, all major credit cards are accepted in almost all facilities such as   banks, hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and some local stores. ATM machines can be found in the major cities in banks or streets.


Transportation:

  Taxis and public transportations are easy and accessible. Prices are negotiable and it is advised to do so before you start your journey. The price list of all transportation can be found at the ministry of transportation website.


Telecommunications:

  It is well developed and highly competent. PalTel is the only land line service provider in Palestine and covers all the Palestinian cities and villages. Internet services and cafes' are also available through various suppliers. Mobile services are also available through two main mobile operators which are Jawwal & Wataniya. Prepaid SIM cards can be easily found and bought with reasonable prices.


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Bethlehem Star Tours & Travel
Manger Str.   
Beside the Arab Bank,
Bethlehem – Palestine
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