If you are planning a trip to Israel for business purposes you should always make sure you know the lay of the land, so to speak, before going on. This means preparing yourself for differences in how business is done, such as language, culture, travel, security, etc. There are many ways to organize your business travel to Israel.
First, find out what you need to know in order to enter the country. Do you need a Visa? Visitors from most countries are not required to have a Visa in order to enter, however, there are a few exceptions and you should be aware if your country is one of them. You should also make sure you know where it is and isn’t safe to travel, or where you may need prior authorization to go. Not all points around the country are free for travel due to security precautions, so know up-front if you may have any issue with any of the places you need to know.
Make sure you check out distances between cities, so that if you have multiple meetings within a short time frame, you will be able to organize your meetings with enough time to make it safely from one to the other without a problem. Also know how you will be traveling and what is most convenient to the places you are going, whether by train, taxi, bus or private hire car. For instance, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv parking can be very difficult. Will taking a private car cause you parking issues?
Check into the weather for your upcoming trip and make sure you have the appropriate clothes. Also make sure you know the appropriate dress style for the type of business you will be doing. While most countries dress formally for business meetings in suit and tie, you will hardly ever see Israeli business people dressed so formally.
Take into account that Saturday is the Sabbath in Israel, and many businesses are closed. In addition, public transportation does not run either so don’t plan to get to a meeting on Saturday by bus only to find out the buses are not running. In general it’s best to try to operate within the work week of Sunday – Thursday.
If you plan accordingly, your business travel should go smoothly and you will be able to accomplish all that you set out to do.