You should plan to fly into the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv (TLV) no later than Sundy, June 17. Taxis can be hailed to take you to kibbutz Ramat Shapiro (cost are about $40). Other instructions dealing with logistics will be provided as the time approaches, but airline tickets should not be purchased until given the “green light” from the excavation staff. Should there be several volunteers to arrive about the same time, we should be able to arrange to have the group picked up in one of the excavation project vans.
If your flight is delayed or you miss the group’s designated meeting time, please call, text, or email Dr. Zvi Lederman (firstname.lastname@example.org). His cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
US citizens do not need a formal visa to enter Israel, but an onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds may be required for entry. Although the Israeli government does not require that a passport be valid for six months from the date of entry, airlines routinely do so and may decline boarding if a traveler has less than six months validity on his or her passport.
Travelers normally receive a free, three-month tourist visa upon arrival in Israel, which may be extended. It is important not to say that you are coming to Israel to work—they will understand that to mean you will be working for remuneration. Your function is as a tourist visiting various sites in Israel.
Israel no longer stamps passports with an entry stamp, but instead provides all travelers with an entry card, although travelers reserve the right to stamp the passport. All travelers should retain this entry card throughout the duration of their stay in Israel as it is their proof of lawful entry. Although not required for exit, travelers are advised to have their entry card to avoid delays when departing Israel.
Citizens of other countries should research the website of the Israeli Embassy in their home country for visa requirements.