How To Open A Bank Account In Israel

Israel is home to a sophisticated banking system that offers a comprehensive umbrella of services for expats and locals. The Central Bank oversees operations of commercial and investment banks, as well as credit institutions. The national currency, the Israeli new shekel (NIS), is also managed by the Central Bank, and each one equates to around … Read more

How To Learn The Language In Israel

If you are going to be living and working in Israel, and are a native English speaker who does not also speak Hebrew, you may be wondering how easy it will be to communicate with locals and your colleagues. Israel has a plethora of languages and a strong linguistic heritage, so we will look at … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Israel?

Healthcare in Israel is of an extremely high quality, both in the public and the private sector. Although the number of medical personnel in the country is decreasing, due partly to retirement, Israel still has a large percentage of medics per capita. The average life expectancy in the country is high, and the infant mortality … Read more

What Options Are Available For Chronically Ill Expats In Israel?

Israel has a high quality healthcare system. If you suffer from a chronic illness there, you should find a good level of support for your particular condition. This article will take you through how the Israeli healthcare system works and its provision for chronic illnesses, as well as your options when it comes to private … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Israel

Under the National Health Insurance Law of 1995, the Israeli government extends universal coverage to every Israeli citizen and operates a two-tier health insurance system based on both public and private health insurance.Signing up with one of the four national schemes is compulsory for all Israeli residents, but as a foreign worker, you will be … Read more

How To Look After Your Mental Health In Israel

If you are living and working in Israel, it is important to take care of your mental health. Israel can be a stressful country to live in, in part due to the political tensions, and experts say that the country is in the middle of a mental health crisis.A recent study published in the Palestine-Israel … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Israel

If you are living and working in Israel, you should have little difficulty in keeping fit and well during your stay in the country. Israel offers a wide range of sporting and fitness activities, and the wellness industry in the country is flourishing. We will look at some of your options below.Spa breaks, exercise boot … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Israel

Israel is becoming increasingly popular as an expat destination, despite having the highest cost of living in the Middle East. In a 2019 survey, run by InterNations, Israel ranked as the 14th most attractive country to live and work in out of 64 destinations.One of the more difficult obstacles you will face when relocating to … Read more

How Does Cancer Care In Israel Compare With The USA?

Both the States and Israel have very high quality medical care, and you will find the latest oncological treatments and technologies in both countries, particularly in the private sector. In the USA, high costs can cause problems, due to the nature of the health insurance system. Israel, on the other hand, has universal coverage under … Read more

Complementary Therapies In Israel And How To Access Them

There are many types of complementary therapy in Israel. As an expat, it is compulsory for you to be signed up to an Israeli health insurance fund, assuming that you are employed. Around 2/3 of complementary medicine is funded by the public sector and around 1/3 by the private sector.Below is a list of just … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Israel

Israel is a popular destination, especially with the Jewish community. The conditions for obtaining a visa vary, depending on your nationality, and these are described below. Will I need a visa? Israel has reciprocal arrangements with a number of countries, which allow visits of up to 90 days. Visitors entering via Ben Gurion airport are … Read more

How To Find A Job In Israel

Israel is a fascinating place to live and work, and is appealing to many expats seeking employment. It can be a challenge to find work in this thriving nation, however, and you will face a certain amount of bureaucracy. But Israel is booming, particularly in the tech industry: it’s been called ‘the start-up nation.’If you … Read more

Joanna Shebson, Jerusalem

Who are you? Joanna Shebson. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Jerusalem, Israel from Los Angeles with my husband and two children in August 2007.We moved for religious reasons to raise our kids in a Jewish State. What challenges did you face during the move? The biggest challenge is language … Read more

Samuel Green, Tel Aviv

Who are you? I’m Samuel Green, born in the UK and living in Tel Aviv, Israel for the past 7 years.I’m a licensed tour guide here, I have a radio show and also work with start-ups in the local tech scene. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I initially left the UK in … Read more

A Guide To Work Visas In Israel

Israel is a land of diversity and contrasts. It retains its sense of tradition and religion while at the same time embracing a modern, 21st-century character. People from all over the world call Israel home, but they come from a variety of different cultures and ethnicities and may speak different languages. International citizens are drawn … Read more

Israel – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Israel and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Living And Working In IsraelFacebook Page Living … Read more

Israel – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Israel and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Lizrael Update Liz has been busy since starting her expat life … Read more

5 Things To Avoid Doing When You Move To Israel

Israel is an interesting country to visit and to live in, and is also a land of great contrasts. The landscape is much more diverse than most people realize – there’s the desert of course, and mountain ranges, fertile valleys, rivers, and then the low-lying plains and coastal areas, which is where more than half … Read more

How Do You Find A Job In Israel As An Expat?

Israel is a culturally diverse country and also a deeply traditional one. However, Israel’s society is quite westernized, and a number of expats from different parts of the world live and work here. The population of over 7 million consists mainly of Jewish people, while the rest are mostly Arabs. The expat population tends to … Read more

Israel – Recommended Websites

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Israel and some of the sites that might be useful for expats there. Get On In Israel A cleanly laid-out site that deals with … Read more

Ten Tips For Expats Retiring To Israel

The thought of moving to a country like Israel, with a strong national identity and yet diverse with many polarizing issues, can be daunting for most people, regardless of their nationality, age, and gender. However, a growing number of senior citizens from North America are choosing to spend their retirement years in this country, mainly … Read more

Katie Denton, Tel Aviv

Who are you? My name is Katie and I am a Brit, married to an israel, living in Israel with 3 small children. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Israel in 2004 after years of a long distance relationship followed by a few years based in the UK. What challenges … Read more

Tel Aviv

I am a 27-year-old Southern born and bred gal living in the beautiful country of Israel with my husband and precious pooch. Besides chronicling my adventures abroad on my blog, I volunteer with Save A Child’s Heart, an organization dedicated to providing heart surgery to children from developing countries, and attend a language immersion … Read more