The official language of the Meeting is English.

The dress code in Israel is quite informal. An acceptable dress code for the SWIM Meeting is “ Casual” , no jacket and tie are required. The field trip will require light hiking shoes and hats. It might be helpful to travel with a spare set of shoes as the hiking shoes could get dirty.

Ben Gurion International Airport (BGIA), located just off the road linking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is one of the busiest airports in the Middle East.

The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 24.6°C (76.28°F). If you enjoy looking at a blue sky and love the sun than this is a great time to go to Kibbutz Ein Gedi with 276 hours of sun.

The average minimum night time temperature in Kibbutz Ein Gedi in October is 16.5°C (61.7°F).

October is a dry month with an average of 17mm (0.7in) rain. It rains on average a total of 3 days.

October is known as one of the best months to visit Kibbutz Ein Gedi.

The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) commonly known as the Shekel.
For currency exchange rates please click here.
There are no restrictions on transfer and use of foreign currencies in Israel.
Most international credit cards are accepted.

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

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 Israel Tax Authority 

All international symposium participants are eligible to enter Israel. Citizens of North American, Western European and many Asian and South American countries need only a valid passport in order to be admitted entry to Israel. Please note that your passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity prior your arrival to Israel.
To find out if you require a visa to travel to Israel from your country, please click here.

Individuals residing in countries without diplomatic relations with Israel should write to the Secretariat no later than three months prior to the Conference, giving their full name, date and place of birth, nationality, passport number, dates of issue and expiry, place of issue, flight number, point of departure and arrival date and time.