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Israel Passport, Visas, Customs and Departure Information

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Israel Passport, Visas, Customs

and Departure Information


Passport Control

Upon arrival in Israel, visitors undergo a security check and are requested to present a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their departure.  Arrival by Air and Land Crossings – Incoming travelers continue to the passenger luggage area after their passports have been inspected. Carts are at their disposal. From there, they continue to customs control and to the airport exit.

The Population and Immigration Authority together with the Israel Airport Authority are currently engaging in major changes at Ben Gurion Airport which should promise smooth entrance into the country for tourists as well as citizens. Until recently, tourists wishing not to have their passports stamped can request from the border control to have their tourist visa stamped on “Form 17 AL” instead of their passport.  While the concept of form 17 AL was intitated to alleviate various problems, its application only proved to form new ones.  It became apparent to all that new and modern technological systems were necessary to meet the needs of the immigration and border control, security agencies, airport authorities as well as tourism authorities.  With this in mind,  the authorities developed the “Electronic Gate Pass”  as a technological solution.  With the press of a button, the card is printed at the Border Control station and includes the principle details of the traveler as in the first page of the passport.  Such details are picture, full name, date of entrance and type of visa.


The Gate Pass card opens the Gate to the area for luggage pickup without further delays and allows for departure from the Crossing.  The tourist will be asked to keep the card at hand at all times.


Passports and Visas

All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they are departing the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it.

Tourist Visas

Many countries have a Visa Waiver Program with Israel which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a visa arranged in advance.  Before embarking on a trip, visitors desiring to stop in Israel for an extended visit or on their way to other destinations must check if they need a prearranged tourist visa.  The list of countries specifies from which countries tourists are required to present a prearranged visa.  All Visa Waiver Program travelers must present a machine-readable passport at the port of entry in order to enter Israel without a prearranged visa; otherwise a visa is required.  This applies to tourists arriving with a passage card from countries with a Waiver Program who nonetheless require a prearranged visa.


More detailed information can be found in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

regarding  a detailed list from which countries a prearranged visa is necessary.  Please note that tourists are in column of Nationals while Service refers to Diplomats on official service.


Visitors are entitled to remain in Israel up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them. Visitors intending to work in Israel must submit a request to the Ministry of the Interior for a special visa.


Important note for tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries (except Egypt and Jordan): It is recommended that you request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on your passport. You must notify the clerk of your request before your documents are stamped.  The Electronic Gate Pass should alleviate such issues but nonetheless, we recommend such notification to the clerk.
As of July 3, 2008, an official decision has been made that will no longer require entry stamps on foreign passports. In such cases, you must fill out form 17L including your personal details, and that form shall be stamped by passport control upon entry/exit.  The form 17L will not be collected upon exit as it is necessary for the collection of tax refunds and proof of legal entry.


Extension of Your Stay

Your visa can be extended (fee required) at the Ministry of the Interior office closest to you, please call their call center at:  1 700 55 1111.

Tourists can fill out the form from the website in advance:

and forward the form to the closest Population and Immigration office.
There is a two-lane customs transit system, one green and the other red, at Ben Gurion Airport and the various Crossing Points.

Visitors who do not have goods to be declared may go through the green lane at the exit from the passenger arrival hall. Articles that do not need to be declared:

  • Personal clothing, shoes and cosmetics – in quantities that can usually be carried in the traveler’s hand baggage.
  • Alcoholic beverages – up to one liter for hard liquor and up to two liters for wine, per person aged 18 and over.
  • Tobacco of all types – up to 250 grams per person aged 18 and over.
  • Presents and other commodities – items other than alcoholic beverages, alcoholic perfumes, tobacco,  and television sets, costing up to $200 per person two years of age or older, as determined by the clerk at the entrance terminal, according  to lists in his possession.
  • Food – up to a total weight of three kilograms, on condition that the weight of each type of food does not exceed one kilogram.
  • Additional items such as cameras, binoculars, personal jewelry, musical instruments, camping or sports equipment, bicycle and other like articles.


Visitors with goods for which a deposit must be paid that will be returned to them when they leave Israel must go through the red lane. Visitors with items not appearing in the list of duty free items or in the list of taxable items must also go through the red lane and declare them. In case of doubt, the tax authorities recommend going through the red lane. Failure to declare taxable items represents an offense, for which the traveler must pay an administrative fine, be prosecuted or have the goods confiscated.


It is forbidden to import the following items into Israel without a license issued in advance: plants, firearms, raw meat, raw materials, counterfeit currency or documents, knife or penknife not intended for professional use, etc.


It is permitted to import vehicles for personal use. Visitors are also allowed to purchase a tax-exempt vehicle in Israel, on condition that they undertake to take it out of Israel upon leaving the country, and this no later than one year from the date of the tax exemption or its purchase. In order to receive a tax exemption, a foreign license and an insurance policy that are valid in Israel must be presented.


Address: Department of Customs, 5 Bank of Israel Street, The Government Complex, Jerusalem.


Telephone – 972-2-6664000



Leaving Israel

Security Check   

Passengers must arrive at the airport three hours before departure time.

Passengers arriving at the airport must first undergo a security check  before approaching the counter of the airline they are flying. Passengers and their luggage are inspected by airport personnel with modern security equipment.  They will then check in their luggage and receive a boarding pass and seat number.
Passport control

After the security check in the departure hall, passengers continue to passport control.  They must present their passport and airline ticket.


Tips for Passengers


  • Opening hours for the different Gateways vary seasonally. In addition, they vary between the different Gateways.
  • Ensure the value of goods purchased at the duty free shop up is up to the amount permitted by Customs Regulations (the Regulations appear on the signboard at the Terminal).
  • Should any problem arise during the crossing process, you may request the assistance of the Duty Manager.
  • Comply with the instructions of the ushers and the broadcasts over the public address system at the terminal
  • Ensure that you comply with all the regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture (appearing on signboards at the Terminal) and refrain from bringing in contraband goods such as: Food, animals, plants etc.).


Passage fee certificates:


Enclosed are the new directives from the Israel Airport Authority to the travelling public departing Israel from any of the Land Gateways:  Jordan River, Allenby, Yitzhak Rabin or Taba.


Travellers going abroad from Israel to Jordan or Egypt must according to the ordinances of the Israel Airport Authority from 1994, pay a Passage Fee to the Israel Airports Authority.


The fee is adjusted annually and is from 1/1/2013 until 31/12/2013.

  • The Passage Fee from the following Gateways is 100 NIS:  Jordan River Gateway, Taba Gateway and Yitzhak Rabin Gateway.
  • The Passage Fee at Allenby Gateway is 173 NIS.
  • Palestinians pay the Passage Fee of 152 NIS at the Palestinian offices in Jericho.
  • VIP  pay a Passage Fee of 20 NIS only at Yitzhak Rabin Gateway.
  • Jordanians holding  an Israeli work permit pay a daily fee of 9 NIS only at Yitzhak Rabin Gateway.


The Passage fee can be purchased in the following manner:

  1. At all Postal Bank offices with no additional commission.  The payment can be made in cash or Bank-Checks only.
  2. At the operating stations at the Gateways for a commission of five NIS.
  3. Within the next few months an online form of payment will be announced with no commission charges.  Additional information is forthcoming.



Please note:  while the Passenger Fee voucher is limited to 100 passengers only, it is possible to request multiple acquisitions with one Bank Check.  Tourism officials must explain to the clerk the breakup according to units of 100 passengers or less .


Recommendations for Group Leaders

  • In exceptional cases, requests for late group passage can be forwarded to the various Gateway Directors.  Please note, because such approval must be coordinated between both sides, requests should be forwarded as much in advance as possible.
  • Groups must arrive at the Gateway at least one hour prior to closing.

Recommendations for Individual Travelers

  • Check the validity of your passport – it must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • You may pay the exit Passage Fee at the bank at the Terminal or at some Post office Bank branches.
  • Ensure that your driving license is valid and that your vehicle is not attached or under lien (For those departing in private vehicles).
  • For passengers in private vehicles, it is recommended to return to Israel early – around noontime in order to alleviate unexpected delays or security inquiries.

Visiting Israel through Israel’s Land Gateways

Tourists can obtain a 3 months visa at the Crossings, with the exception of the citizens of countries from which Israel requires the issuing of the visa in advance.


Tourists traveling from Jordan can attain information at the Israel Embassy in Jordan,   Tel:  962 6696511.

Tourists traveling from Egypt can attain information at the Israel Embassy in Egypt: 202 3610528/545.

Information for Passengers with Special Needs                     


The border terminals were planned to be accessible to passengers with Special Needs , taking into consideration and providing solutions for the unique needs of assisted travelers, so as to enable them to receive services in person and independently.

As part of the service, passengers may apply to the terminal’s personnel for assistance and help in advance.  Passage through the terminal, both on departure and on arrival, is uncomplicated, accessible to the disabled and unimpeded in all directions.  Special parking places have been marked for the disabled in the parking lots. These are near the terminal building and easily accessible.

Wheelchairs may be obtained free of charge in the terminal. The wheelchairs remain at the disposal of those who need them until they leave the terminal.  Public toilets in the terminal are accessible and adapted to wheelchairs.

Within the framework of improving services to all those passing through the terminals, the Airports Authority has completed a process of checking the accessibility to persons with disabilities at the border terminals. The check was carried out by a professional company specializing in the field of accessibility. Terminal personnel will be happy to help and assist in solving any problem that may arise.


Below are the Land Gateways’ Hours of Operation and Present Rates as of 1/1/2013

להלן סיכום התעריפים ושעות הפתיחה במעברים נוסעים בלבד החל מ- 1/1/2013:





           מס נמל


שעות פתיחה










100 ₪  NIS

פתוח 24/7 – סגור רק ביום

כיפור ובחג הקורבן

Open 24/7 year round Closed on Yom Kippur and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice

08  6360999




100 ₪  NIS

א’-ה’ פתוח מ- 06:30 עד 19:00 ; 

ו’ וש’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 19:00; סגור ביום כיפור וראש השנה המוסלמית

Open S-Th from 06:30 until 20:00; Open Friday and Saturday from 08:00 until 20:00; 

Closed on Yom Kippur and the Moslem New Year

08 6300555




173 ₪  NIS

עבור תיירים וישראלים בעלי וויזה;

 NIS152₪ לפלסטינאים בלבד;

152 ₪  NIS


חובה להגיע לפני סגירת המסוף ולפי הפירוט הבא:

א’-ה’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 22:00

ו’ וש’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 13:00

סגור רק ביום כיפור ובחג קורבן;

Open S- Th from 08:00 until 22:00;  Friday and Saturday from 08:00 until 13:00;

Closed on Yom Kippur and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice

02 5482600

נהר הירדן

Jordan River

100 ₪ NIS

א’-ה’ פתוח מ- 06:30 עד 20:00

ו’ וש’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 19:00

סגור ביום כיפור וראש השנה המוסלמית;

Open S-Th from 06:30 until 21:00;

Open Friday and Saturday from 08:00 until 20:00; Closed on Yom Kippur and the Moslem New Year

04 6093400


לתשומת לבכם:  חובה להגיע למעברי גבול לפחות שעה לפני סגירה. 

Please note: It is required to arrive at the Gateways at least one hour before closing. 













  Taba Terminal






   Yitzhak Rabin Terminal-(also called Arava-

    Aqaba Gateway)


   Allenby Terminal– (also called King Hussein

    Gateway) – For tourists, Israelis holding a valid visa for Jordan from the Embassy and Palestinians.


   Jordan River Terminal – (also called also Sheik

    Hussein Gateway)





TABA CROSSING – Israel’s Gateway to Egypt


Terminal Information


The Taba Terminal serves as a border crossing between Israel and Egypt for Israeli citizens and foreign tourists, with the exception of Palestinians.

The Terminal is situated at the foot of a steep mountain on one side and on the other side is a coastal strip, which is a proclaimed nature reserve.

The geographical location of the Terminal limits the terminal to a narrow strip of land only45 meterswide and200 meterslong.

Close to 1 million passengers per year and about 7,000 vehicles pass through this location.


Please note:                                                                                     

    Taba Terminal

  1. 1.      Tourists wishing to enter Cairo must attain a visa from the consulate in Eilat in advance.  Visa to the Sinai Peninsula only, is available at the border.


  1. 2.      Tourists wishing to enter with a vehicle must produce “Carne de Passage” from their country of origin.  Israelis may acquire at the Memsi Auto Club.


  1. Passage in a rented vehicle – to the Taba area only


Rates for those crossing by vehicle- on the Israeli and Egyptian sides are subject to change!


Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation


Terminal switchboard 08-6360999
Terminal fax 08-6373024
Taba Terminal customs 08-6372108
Border Police 08-6370192
MEMSI – The Automobile and Touring Club of Israel office 08-6340502
Taba Taxi 08-6333339
King Solomon Taxi 08-6332426
Shachamon Taxi 08-6315455
Israeli Embassy in Egypt 00 20 2 – 3610528/545
Egyptian Embassy in Israel 03-5464151, Fax: 03-5441615
Egyptian Consulate in Eilat 08-6376882

Hours of Operation


The Terminal is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, when the Terminal is closed.  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.



Transportation To and From the Gateway


It is possible to arrive at the Gateway in the following ways:

  • By taxi from Eilat
  • Egged bus no. 15 departs hourly from the Eilat Central Bus Station
  • Tourist buses





All persons crossing into Egypt must purchase a passage fee certificate before leaving Israel.

There is also an inbound passenger passage fee at the Egyptian border.


On the Israeli side, the following services are available for a fee:

  1. Translation of vehicle license – (It is recommended to do this at one of the MEMSI (Israel Automobile Club) branches throughout the country).
  2. Issuing an international driver’s license.
  3. Comprehensive insurance valid for 3 months in the Sinai area.


For additional assistance, please feel free to call: Mr. Avi Kendlekar, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism Eilat Office 08 6309111 or 050 6214114.





Terminal Information


The Yitzhak Rabin Terminal is the southernmost border crossing between Israel and Jordan, and is located about3 km. north of the town of Eilat.


Formerly known as the Arava Terminal, it serves as a border crossing between Israel and Jordan for Israelis and foreign tourists only.


The Terminal serves also as a Freight Terminal through which goods are conveyed between Israel and Jordan.


The majority of outbound passengers pass through the Terminal in groups going on one-day trips to Petra, generally from hotels in Eilat.  Travel is customarily for organized groups as well as individual travelers.


Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation


Terminal management 08-6300555
Terminal fax 08-6336844
Yitzhak Rabin Terminal customs 08-6300400
Border Control 08-6336753
Foreign Corps Liaison Unit 08-6302425
Jordanian Embassy in Israel 03-7517722
Israeli Embassy in Jordan 00962-655524680


Hours of operation of the Terminal:

For your attention: It is required to arrive at Gateways at least one hour before closing. 

Sunday to Thursday – 06:30 – 19:00

Friday and Saturday – 08:00 – 19:00

On Yom Kippur (The Jewish Day of Atonement) and on the Muslim New Year – the Terminal is closed.  .  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.

Transport to and from the Terminal


The Terminal can be reached by taxi, shared service taxi from Eilat, or by private vehicle.  Travelers by car can continue to Jordan by car or park the vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to the Terminal.




All persons crossing into Jordan must purchase a passage fee certificate before leaving Israel.


Obtaining a visa at the Jordanian Terminal:


At the Yitzhak Rabin Terminal, any passenger, Israeli or foreign, can obtain a visa for two weeks at the Jordanian Terminal, with the exception of the citizens of countries from which Jordan requires issuing the visa in advance.  The visa can be extended beyond the two weeks, at any police station in Jordan, up to a period of three months.  A multi entry visa may be purchased at the Jordanian Embassy for a period of three to six months, with no limitation on the number of entries into Jordan.

For details: The Jordanian Embassy in Israel, Tel. 03- 7517722. 


Departing for Jordan by private vehicle


All payments applicable to passengers without a vehicle are also applicable to passengers in a vehicle, in addition to the following payments:

  1. Translation of the vehicle license by Change Place Co.
  2. International Driver’s License (not issued at the Terminal).
  3. Taxes and stamps in Jordan.
  4. Changing license plates in Jordan.
  5. Third party insurance in Jordan (depending on engine capacity).

Please note: Prices may change from time to time.

For additional assistance, please feel free to call: Mr. Avi Kendlekar, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism Eilat Office 08 6309111 or 050 6214114.

ALLENBY BRIDGE TERMINAL Israel’s Central Gateway


Terminal Information


The Allenby Terminal serves as a border crossing between Israel and Jordan and between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

The populations entitled to pass through the Terminal: Palestinians and tourists.

The Terminal also contains a freight wing, which serves for the transit of goods between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, and between Jordan and Israel.

The Oslo Accords of 1994 defining the understandings with the Palestinian Authority as well as the signing of the peace agreements with Jordan designated that the Israel Airport Authority would operate the Allenby Bridge Terminal. Palestinians traveling abroad use this bridge to exit the Palestinian Authority region into Jordan and then use the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman to fly abroad.

The West Bank side of the bridge is considered a border entry point by Israel. The Jordanian authorities recognize the bridge as an international border entry point, but in contrast to other border crossings with Israel, do not grant entry visas to foreign passport holders at this crossing.

Israelis are permitted to cross at this Gateway provided they hold a valid tourist visa from the Jordanian Embassy stating that it is valid at the Allenby Bridge. Tourists who wish to travel to Jordan must be in possession of a visa for Jordan in advance. Those who leave Jordan via the Allenby Bridge may return by showing the exit visa.



Recommendation for users of the Terminal


  • To those crossing by vehicle – for your information, on the Jordanian side you will have to purchase third party insurance. It is possible to purchase complementary insurance in Israel (this can be done at the bank branch at the Terminal).
  • It is prohibited to cross over to Jordan with a motorcycle.
  • Taxis and rented vehicles are not permitted to cross between the two countries.



Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation:


Position Office Tel. No. Fax
Terminal management (02) 548-2600 (02) 994-3289
Ministry of the Interior (02) 940-9187 (02) 940-9207
Customs management (02) 940-6555 (02) 994-4359
Police (02) 940-7444 (02) 940-7440
Liaison and Coordination

Administration(02) 994-3375(02) 994-3394Foreign Forces Liaison Unit(02) 940-5475 Agriculture(02) 994-3492 Post Office9947301 – 029947301- 02Kiosk9400137- 02 Laufer VIP Service – JHA02-940904102-9409041



Hours of Operation of the Terminal


The Terminal is open for business at the times stated below, 7 days a week, all year round, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) and the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, when the Palestinian Wing is closed.  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.



For your attention: It is required to arrive at Allenby Gateway during the following hours: Sunday to Thursday from 08:00 – 22:00

Friday and Saturday– 08:00 – 13:00



Transportation To and From the Airport


Travelers at the terminal can use the following travel options:

  • Special fare taxis to anywhere in Israel.
  • Taxi service to East Jerusalem.
  • Taxis from anywhere in the country.
  • Bus number 961 from Kiryat Shmona and from Jerusalem.


The bus stop is on Road number 90, next to the upper entrance gate to the Terminal. From this gate, entrance is by taxi only.  Upon leaving the terminal, passengers can take a taxi as far as the upper gate, and from there catch the bus to Jerusalem or north to Tiberius.



Terminal Information


The Jordan River Terminal is the northernmost border crossing over the Jordan River.  The Terminal is in the vicinity of the town of Beit She’an.

The Terminal is situated at an important strategic point: Close to Haifa, to the Port, to the center of Israel and to the center of Jordan, a fact that greatly eases transit in both directions and the conveyance of freight between the two countries.


The Jordan River Terminal serves as a border crossing between Israel and Jordan for Israeli citizens and foreign tourists, with the exception of Palestinians.


The Terminal serves also as a freight terminal through which goods pass from Israel to Jordan and vice versa.


Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation


Terminal switchboard (04) 6093400
Terminal fax: (04) 6586421
Customs (04) 6480018
Border Police: (04) 648 (04) 6481103
MEMSI (Israel Automobile Club): (04) 6068705
Taxi: (04) 6585834
Israel Embassy in Jordan: 009626696511
Jordanian Embassy in Israel: (03)7517722


The office hours of the above entities are to the same as the hours of operation of the terminal.


Hours of Operation of the Passenger Terminal:

Sunday to Thursday: 06:30 – 20:00 (*)

Friday and Saturday: 08:00 – 19:00

(*) For your attention: It is required to arrive at the Israeli/Jordanian Border at least one hour before closing.


The terminal operates throughout the year, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) and the Muslim New Year – Id el Hijra.  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.


Transport to and from the Terminal


The Terminal can be reached by the following means:

  • Taxis
  • Private vehicles – it is possible to cross over to Jordan with the vehicle or to park it at the parking lot adjacent to the Terminal – for a fee.





Passage Fees:  Rates are subject to change!



Additional Fees


  • Bus ticket from the Jordanian terminal to the Israeli terminal,
  • Bus ticket from the Israeli terminal to the Jordanian terminal,
  • Visa on the Jordanian side for all tourists.



For those departing by vehicle


  • Changing license plates on the Jordanian side + insurance for 1 week on the Jordanian side.
  • Changing license plates on the Jordanian side + insurance for 1 month on the Jordanian side.
  • Insurance on the Israeli side.

Choirs and Musical Tours

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1. Introduction

2. The Holy Land Educational Tour Programme and Booking Form

3. Our Newsletter



Our team at ITS have had valuable experience in handling musical tours, from small jazz bands to large Welsh choirs.

In Israel we can arrange meaningful venues for your choir to sing, from the tranquillity of the Sea of Galilee to a church in the Old City on the Via Dolorosa.

Both indoor and outdoor musical venues can be arranged.

Your musical experience will be combined in a tour that can be tailor made to your choice.

For choral visits of over 100 people, we offer the services of a senior member of our team to join you to ensure the smooth running of the operation and coordination of the visit.

You will benefit from our product knowledge and years of experience in handling group travel. Furthermore, we have excellent hotel and ground services rates and we use only the best local guides.

Once you have booked, one of our team can visit you in a location of your choice, give a talk about your pending visit, show a DVD and distribute relevant literature.

As IATA accredited agents, we deal directly with the airlines – saving time and money.

As members of ABTA, you can rest assured that we fully abide by their Code of Conduct and our clients enjoy many benefits from our trade association.

We hold an Air Tour Organisers’ Licence (ATOL) granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. This license ensures that all payments made to us are bonded and protected.

The Holy Land – Israel

Our intimate knowledge of Israel is unrivalled in the UK. Our agents in Israel are one of the largest Israeli travel organisations. Hence we are able to offer a full range of excellent professional services at the lowest and most competitive prices.


Educational Tour to Israel & Booking Form

Our next departure to Israel is 25th November – 2nd December 2013. The cost per person is £395.00 per person sharing a twin bedded room on half board basis, including scheduled flights from London Heathrow, 4 star hotels, 6 full days sightseeing, all entrance fees and transfers on arrival and departure. There are a few single rooms and you may bring along a spouse/companion. Both items carry a supplement. The airport taxes and fuel surcharges are not included and at the moment is £260.00 per person. The itinerary is similar to our classical itinerary, which can be seen on our web site. The tour will be a combination holy sites and musical venues. It is planned that we will meet influential people in the world of Israeli music.

To book please click here for a booking form to be forwarded to you.



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Tour Leader Profiles

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2013 – March 4th to 14th
David Nunn

Ever since his first visit to the lands of the Bible David has been aware of the enormous privelage of being able to stand where the Bible’s great dramas took place. He has produced a series of seven films, in which viewers all around the world are able to ‘come with him’ to such significant sites and to be enthused by his passionate presentation. His work is held in high esteem and his are the official films of both the Israeli and Jordanian tourist boards.

David and his wife Giselle, are in great demand to lead parties to these magnificent sites – so this promises to be a very special tour indeed.

For his entire career he has been the honourary assistant organist at All Souls, Langham Palace, in the heart of London’s West End, and thus played an integral part in its internationally renowned teaching and music ministry.




2014 – May 6th to 13th

Rev David Hamblin

I am a United Reformed Church Minister serving at High Cross Church in Camberley, Surrey which is a LEP with the Methodist Church. I have been here since 2003. Prior to this I was a Minister at Christchurch and St Faith’s LEPs Hitchin and Pirton Methodist Church in Hertfordshire. I began my ministry at Bush Hill Park United Reformed Church, Enfield, North London in 1985. Since 1997 I have served in ecumenical situations with both the Church of England and Methodists. Consequently I am not denominational-bound and am accepting of Christians from all backgrounds and none.
I am married with 3 adult children. I led my first pilgrimage to The Holy Land in 1990 and have led 8 further pilgrimages there plus pilgrimages to The Seven Churches of revelation in Turkey, Rome and Assisi in Italy and Jordan and The Sinai. I have also taken a short course at St George’s College in Jerusalem.


2013 – June 3rd to 13th

Rev Glyn Jones

I am Reverand R Glyn Jones, married to my Canadian wife Lois, when we lived in Canada.Welsh speaking,graduated with a 2(1)in geography in 1964, lived and taught overseas from 1965-75.
Ordained by the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1996. Aged 69, but feeling 21.Officially retired from full time ministry in the Llangollen and Ceiriog Pastorate, which had 3 Baptist, 3 Presbyterian , a Methodist and an United (all denominations) Church. Father to 4 children who have very responsible positions as Veterinary surgeon, University College Lecturer, Peadriatic A&E Consultant Doctor and a Computer  Consultant.
Grandfather to girls, from 18-1 yr old. Still involved in playing cricket, umpiring, refereeing, coaching , involved in football, table tennis, cycling( for  sponsorship), mountaineering, nordic walking, snooker, dominoes, draughts, playing cards. Involved with Christians in Sport.
I loved Mission work in Albania, Patagonia (Argentina). Taught Secondary School for 33 years. Head of Geography. Arranged trips through Schools and Churches , all over Canada from Vancouver to Halifax and Newfoundland.  To Bermuda, where my wife and I met. To the following other countries and cities :- Spain, N and S coast; Italy, from Lake Como, Rome, Florence Tuscany, Venice, Naples, Vesuvius , Sorrento etc. France, Normandy and Brittany, La Rochelle etc. Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, India, Jordan, Patagonia and of course Israel.
I have visited 7 times since our first visit in 1993. I always feel the presence of the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, encouraging and leading along the footsteps of Jesus.
I believe in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which assist me in my ministry. I naturally believe in Healing through prayer.
Prayer and a Quiet time : to be still (Psalm 46) very important ingredient of a successful trip.


2013 – November 18th to 25th

Garry Blair

Denomination: Evangelical Christian
God in His grace saved me when I was 18 years old, some 22 years ago… yes that does mean I’m 40 now! I am a full-time Bible teacher and evangelist working mainly with independent evangelical churches throughout Scotland. I do however give about 2 months of the year to wider travelling in ministry and these last two years have seen me in other parts of the UK as well as Italy, Albania, India and France, where I was a pastor/missionary for 10 years (1998-2008) in the Greater Marseille area. I am looking forward to taking a group from Grenoble, France to Romania this year (August 2012). I have completed Biblical studies at GLO, Tilsley College, Motherwell , BA in theology with Cross-Cultural Mission with the International Christian College (ICC) in Glasgow and I am in the final 2 months of completing a MTh in Biblical Interpretation with Aberdeen University in association with ICC. In total I have 17 years experience in full-time Christian work. Oh, and I should mention that I have one lovely wife called Kim and we have three young children Amy (7), Benjamin (5) & Charis (3)… affectionately known as A…B…C.

God Bless.


2014 – January 6th – 13th
Rabbi Douglas Charing

Rabbi Douglas Charing is the Founder-Director of the Jewish Education Bureau.

He is a co-founder of the Concord Interfaith group of Leeds,and was director of its

Multi-Faith Resources Centre.He was also connected with Sacred Trinity Centre,Salford throughout its 10 years life.
A few years ago he lectured on ‘The New Testament Through  Jewish eyes’ at the Manchester-based Northern Ordination College.
He has led many groups of Religious Education advisers inspectors and teachers to Israel and has also co-led one group of teachers ‘In the footsteps of St.Paul’.


2014 – February 12th – 19th
Rev David Sullivan

I have been on 6 tours with ITS and led 1 so far, with a wealth of, often, little known stories, facts and anecdotes about the places that we are visiting. I have produced more than 5 documentary and promotional films on Israel and the Palestinian Territories and have often introduced tour members to some interesting individuals doing humanitarian or Christian educational work in these places.

We have had some very interesting tours through the years from people of all Christian and religious backgrounds. On the tour which I led our tour members were fascinated to be able to visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum and actually to stand next to the President of Germany, Christian Wulf (not arranged by myself or ITS, I might add) – a very emotional moment.

From the Negev to Nazareth I have been able to visit many of the “Bible Lands” sites and have the Bible come alive in front of my eyes – sunrise on the Sea of Galilee from my hotel bedroom window, hearing a children’s choir at Yad Vashem, floating on the Dead Sea with almost every nationality, glimpsing the prepared utensils for “the Third Temple” in Jerusalem and, for most on our tour, – the unmissable emotion of having a last night’s communion celebration at the empty tomb in the Garden of Gethsemane at dusk. Fascinating, breathtaking, tear enduring and joyful. Each trip is entirely different. Once while eating lunch in Jerusalem at a kibbutz run cafeteria, we quickly grabbed our cameras as a tour of over 20 Christian gypsies from France sang joyfully, with guitar, ancient and modern Israeli songs right in our midst. This tour is an experience to see the unexpected and expect what you have never seen on earth in the setting of the living pages of The Bible.

Denomination: Evangelical
2014 – March 3rd – 13th
Rev Paul Baird

I am Rev. Paul Baird (Church of England) with 22 years of experience in leading pilgrimage groups to the Holy Land.
I studied in Bethlehem and Jerusalem and ongoing PhD studies in Pastoral and Theological elements of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Wide experience in Inter-faith work in UK, Europe and Middle East

Inter-faith speaker/workshop facilitator in UK, Europe and Israel

Chair of the South Hampshire branch of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ)  and member of the CCJ National Advisory Board.



2014 May 19th – 26th
Fr Robin Tree

I am an Anglican Priest in the Catholic Tradition and have just recently retired from full time ministry. Over the last 15 years my wife and I have lead many pilgrimages to various countries which include Italy (Rome and Assisi), Greece (Footsteps of St Paul), Turkey ( Seven Churches of Asia Minor), Jordan (Baptismal site and Petra), Egypt including Coptic Churches in Cairo and Sinai visiting St Catherine’s Monastery and ascending Mount Sinai. I have also lead many mid-week pilgrimages to Walsingham and also organised day trips to various places in England and some to France for parishioners.

Our aim is to encourage people to put place names mentioned in the bible into reality and to enjoy themselves as they visit another county.
2014 June 16th – 26th

Rev Michael and Mrs Linda Banfield

I am an ordained Baptist Minister, but since 1995 have been full-time Senior Chaplain at London Luton Airport. Although by the time of our pilgrimage I shall have recently retired, I am expecting to be continuing in both Airport and workplace chaplaincy together with any church based ministry that may be required of me well into retirement – although not by then living in Luton. My pre-ministry background is also in civil aviation, where I worked for two major airlines in the years after leaving school and before theological college. Airports, airlines, flying, and aircraft themselves have been part of my life.

But as a called and theologically-trained minister, I have also ministered in three Baptist churches over twenty years during my earlier ministry (in Portsmouth, Minehead, and Southampton), and am currently Interim Minister of a Baptist Church in Luton for some months whilst a new Senior Minister is prayerfully sought.

Linda and I have been married since 1970, and have two grown-up daughters and two young grandchildren. As a family, we have always loved travel and seeing new countries, with all the experience that brings into our lives – though when the children were young we weren’t able to take them to new countries! Now they take themselves!

Some years ago, before Airport Chaplaincy, Linda and I had the opportunity to lead various pilgrimages – four to the Holy Land and two to the Oberammergau Passion Play. These were wonderful experiences of being in the land Jesus walked, and provided great opportunities for a biblical ministry as our fellow-travellers found the experience of visiting sites associated with the presence, work, and teaching of Jesus so personally enriching. Since then, as an Airport Chaplain, it has been a joy to be able to meet, pray with, and support many pilgrims travelling through London Luton Airport to Israel.

The years of ministry, then, have given me experience of leading pilgrimages, ministering to people’s needs, and understanding airports and airlines. It may be a somewhat unique combination, but I hope you’ll consider joining us on what could be for you, literally, a journey of a lifetime.



2014 November 17th – 24th
Rev Simeon Damdar ACIS, FFA

Rev. Simeon Damdar is an experienced LONDON CITY MISSIONARY for 30 years, meeting and preaching in various denominations and outreach including Hospitals, Schools, Mission Halls.  Chaplain at London’s Bus Depot, to Railway Companies and British Transport Police.

In order to carry out the caring roll of Chaplaincy, I was also trained in Disability Awareness, Train Evacuation in Emergency, Conflict Avoidance the Practical use of Defibrillator and First Aid and Home Nursing and Fire Safety.

Presently I am a Chaplain to the Jewish Police Association and quite known to the Israel Govt Tourist Office and Israel’s El Al Air Line Office in London.


EXPERIENCE:  ‘As a Bible Land Tour Leader’ visited Israel over 50 times, and took Pilgrimage Groups throughout the Breadth and Length of the Country:-  From Mt Hermon to St Catherine’s – The 10 Commandment Mountains in the Sinai Desert.  Also to very many Biblical Sites, The Mediterranean Sea, The Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and The Red Sea.

I think that “ITS IS TRULY A SUPERIOR TOUR COMPANY”, and entrusted 29-30 Members of the Clergy (Male and Female) from over 10 Different Denominations, to my care and training “in an Educational and Familiarisation Tour to Israel.

The Ministry of Tourism in Jerusalem just simply asked me “How did you do this”, on having seen the satisfied clergies of different denominations under my care.

The Ministry of Tourism invited me to their offices in Jerusalem, and also a visit to their Parliament – The KNESSET.  To my surprise and delight I was awarded a special Certificate from the State of Israel and presented to me by the said Ministry of Tourism.

–   What a privilege it was for me to be trained in Tantur School in Israel by Dr. Jim Fleming, where Dr. Fleming took us to many archaeological sites including sites UNDER Jerusalem and to learn also how the Passover (Pesach) Meal was celebrated.


OTHER BIBLE LANDS – Nearby is Jordan, where I saw many Biblical Sites as described as far back in the Book of Genesis and where many New Testament activities took place – The Land of the Ammonites, the Moabites etc.  Overnight in Amaan, Dead Sea area, Petra, and Wadi Rum.

EGYPT – ‘Suez Canal, Red Sea, St Catherine, Cairo and its Museum, the River Nile; entered one of the three pyramids to the Burial Chamber.  Saw the place where Joseph, Mary and the Babe of Bethlehem stayed when they fled from King Herod.

TURKEY – ISTANBUL, The 7 Churches of Asia which are mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

GREECE – Athens, all the Biblical Sites from the North (eg) Thessalonica, to Corinth in the South.

MALTA – where nearby St Paul was shipwrecked

ROME – The Vatican, Forum, The Catacombs, The Coloseum.

Several Countries where I preached including The Philippines (for the Billy Graham Team) India, Zambia, Austria, Finland, Holland (for the Billy Graham Team in the Open Air).

USA – where also I am an Ordained Minister.

Canada – in Toronto

Caribbean – Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Guyana.

Why Me?!!  I am the first of thirteen in our household and thus had learnt to care for my brothers and sisters, (as oft times my father was ill) Early Sunday School days taught me the Scriptures, and so, as from 8 years of age, I chose the names of my brothers and sisters and my father agreed and registered what names I chose.

So apart from two sisters, the Names chosen by me were/are Daniel, Joshua, Isaiah, Aaron, Naomi, Esther, Elisha and Simon Peter.  You see what I mean!  Thus those early days have developed in me a strong desire to care for people (that’s, maybe why I left Accountancy to be the Lord’s Servant).  Every person who went with me to Israel have come back, strengthened in the faith, and living a more conquering life.

We are blessed in a special way because you are cared for, kept in harmony, peace and Safety in Israel; but most of all Thankful to God whose Word (The Bible) were written by the Jews, preserved by them for thousands of years, that you and I have the privilege of knowing and loving the Land, the People, the Land and the Lord.


“Come Thou with us, and we will Do Thee Good”

Rev Simeon Damdar



2015 – January 13th to 20th
Rev. Steve Pearman

Come with me as we explore the land Christ ministered in. Stand on the shore of Galilee and walk through the busy streets of Jerusalem. I have been to the Holy Land three times and excited at this opportunity to take you with me.Rev. Steve Pearman is a Baptist minister.


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