Useful Information

Language

The official language of the conference is English. Simultaneous translation will be provided into Chinese.

Weather and Clothing

Israel’s northern and coastal regions are classified as Mediterranean climate characterized by hot and dry summers and cool rainy winters; whereas the southern and eastern areas of Israel are characterized by an arid climate.

Israel enjoys temperate weather throughout the year. No rain is expected from early spring through late autumn. 
May is early summer in Israel.

Along with avoiding excessive exposure to the sun, visitors are recommended to wear protective head coverings and use sun blocks.

Jerusalem and the Galilee are colder than Tel Aviv, especially in the evening. Light jacket is recommended. 

For the daily weather forecast for Israel visit The Israel Meteorological Service Website.

Transportation
Car - take highway 4 south from Tel-Aviv, switch to highway 41 East in Ashdod and then follow highway 40 South to Beer-Sheva.

Israel Railways schedule and fares (in English and Hebrew) information at 03-5774000 or 04-8564444. Get off at Beer Sheva north station. Take the Mexico Bridge to the campus.

Egged Bus Service schedule and fares (in English and Hebrew ) information at 03-6948888. Get off at Reger Road and Ben-Gurion Boulevard intersection. (bottom left corner of map above.)

Metropoline Bus Service schedule and fares (in Hebrew only ) information at *5900 e-mail: info@metropoline.com. Get off at Reger Road and Ben-Gurion Boulevard intersection. (bottom left corner of map below )

Israel Railways: A train line runs between the airport and Beer Sheva. Please find information regarding trains http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx please be sure to put in Ben-Gurion Airport as your origin and Beer Sheva University or Center as you destination. You will need to take a cab from the train station to the hotel.

Taxis: there is a taxi service station located on the bottom floor of the airport once exiting the arrival hall. Please see the following link for information regarding taxi service from the airport http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-us/airports/bengurion/transportation/pages/taxi.aspx

There is also free parking available right outside the campus, at the Beersheva North / University train station, and from there it's a short walk (just over the Mexico Bridge).

For further information: www.bgu.ac.il

Currency

The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) commonly known as the Shekel. 

Most international credit cards are accepted.

Current exchange rates are available on: http://www.boi.gov.il/firsteng.htm

Electricity

Electricity in Israel is supplied at 220V, 50Hz and has a three-pin connecting plug.

Value Added Tax Reimbursement

According to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law, a foreign tourist is able to benefit from a zero rate of VAT on a vast array of services obtained during a stay in Israel. In addition, a special arrangement exists whereby a tourist may also request a VAT refund on purchases made during a stay.


For more details please visit the official website of the Ministry of Finance, Israeli Department of Customs and VAT