All planes to Israel land at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Students are encouraged to arrive in Israel a few days early in order to sightsee in Jerusalem before the start of the dig. A private bus will take staff and students from the meeting point in Jerusalem directly to our lodging in Kibbutz Kfar Szold, at 13:00 on Sunday, June 24. We will provide instructions on how to get to the meeting point in Jerusalem, recommended places to stay, and a sample itinerary of activities.
If you arrive in Israel on Sunday, June 24, after the Jerusalem bus has left for the kibbutz, we will provide you with detailed travel instructions on how to take public transportation from the airport to the town of Kiryat Shemonah. When you arrive in Kiryat Shemonah, you will call or text a staff member who will pick you up at the bus station. The train or bus service in Israel is easily accessible and affordable. English is widely spoken and the chances are good that you will find French, German, Spanish, and Arabic speakers as well.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text, or email a project director. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all students enrolled in the field school.
U.S. citizens must have a valid passport whose expiration date is at least 3 months after the time you plan leave the country. U.S. and Canadian citizens receive a free tourist visa upon arrival that is valid for 3 months. While most participants are students in their home country, and you are coming to Israel as a student of the field school, it is strongly advised that you enter Israel as a tourist (B2 visa) and not as a student (B1 visa). Please refer to syllabus for further information.
Citizens of other countries are asked to consult with the Israeli consulate in their region for specific visa requirements.
In 2015, Israeli officials started issuing tourist visas on a separate entry card that you insert into your passport, rather than as a stamp in the passport itself, which you then surrender to passport control upon leaving the country. It is very important that you keep this entry card with you at all times. We highly recommend bringing a paper clip to hold the entry card in your passport.