FLIGHTS AND BUS TRANSFERS IN ISRAEL
Roundtrip airfare is not included in the price. You are responsible to purchase your own airline tickets to and from Israel. You may purchase your airline tickets at any time it is convenient. You are required to email a copy of your roundtrip flight itinerary to Emmaus as soon as you have purchased your tickets.
There are no recommended flights to or from Israel. You are free to make whatever flight arrangements you would like. However, pay very close attention to the notice given below regarding bus transfers from Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) to your lodging in Migdal.
|WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT PASSPORT CONTROL AT THE TEL AVIV AIRPORT IN ISRAEL|
Typically, a tourist to Israel receives a B2 (tourist) visa upon arrival at Passport Control in Israel. Some Israeli officials have now argued that excavation volunteers should receive a B4 (volunteer) visa upon arrival in Israel. The official Ministry of Interior archaeological website declares that you are to be issued a B4 visa upon arrival. You do not need to do anything in advance for your visa. Once you reach Passport Control at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) an agent will ask you a series of questions inquiring about the purpose of your visit to Israel. Answer all questions truthfully to the best of your ability. Here are a few responses that might assist you.
Why are you visiting Israel?
I am here to participate on an archaeological excavation and a tour.
What hotels will you be at?
I will be staying at a hotel in Migdal (near Tiberias) and also at a hotel in Jerusalem.
Will you be visiting sites in Israel?
Yes, during the excavation we will be touring other historical sites, such as, Jerusalem, Masada, Capernaum, Qumran, Yodefat and Ein Gedi.
Depending on the agent’s familiarity with the B2 and B4 visas, you will be granted one or the other visa at Passport Control. Once you receive your visa you will enter Baggage Claim. Once you have your luggage exit Baggage Claim and enter into the Arrival Hall Lobby.
|WHERE TO MEET AT THE TEL AVIV AIRPORT FOR YOUR BUS TRANSFER TO MIGDAL|
Upon entering the Arrival Hall Lobby turn to the RIGHT where you will find some seating. Wait there until an Emmaus representative escorts you to the bus for your transfer to Migdal. For those of you with an extended waiting time at TLV airport, you may want to wait in the pre-Departure area. Follow the signs to DEPARTURES. There is additional seating located in this area. Return to the Arrival Hall Lobby for your bus transfer.
|BUS TRANSFERS FROM BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TLV) TO MIGDAL|
On June 30 two bus transfers will be provided from Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) to your lodging at Migdal, near the Sea of Galilee. The first transfer will be at 12:00 PM (noon) and the second transfer will be at 6:00 PM. You need to plan your arrival in Israel to take advantage of one of these two bus transfers from the airport. Your flight should arrive in Israel 1.5 hours prior to the bus departure time. Should you not be on one of the bus transfers, taxi service is available from the airport to Migdal for a cost of approximately $275.
|MAP OF MIGDAL|
Below is a map of Migdal. If you are not on one of the bus transfers from the airport to Migdal this map can help you or your taxi driver find the proper housing location in Migdal. Should you or your driver need more specific directions, call the Migdal housing representative: Bina Richardson at 052-647-9717.
|DEPARTURE DAY FROM ISRAEL|
|FLIGHTS AND AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE|
Emmaus will schedule and pay for airport shuttle service on the following days: July 14, July 15, July 16. Please note that July 14 is the official departure day for the regular excavation schedule and July 16 is the official departure day for those attending the Jerusalem and Dead Sea Tour Option. Emmaus is not responsible for any additional overnight accommodations. Overnight arrangements are strickly based on the published Hotels and Phone Numbers webpage. Your airport shuttle service will leave Jerusalem approximately 4-5 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Should you not depart Jerusalem on July 14, 15 or 16, transportation to the airport for departure becomes your personal responsibility.