Located between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is considered a holy city in the three major religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Besides its religious and historic importance, Jerusalem has developed as a modern capital of Israel, but is not recognized as such by many countries. You will find as an expat there that everyone has a strong opinion on the city, but it is vibrant city that is a great place to settle as an expat. On BenYehuda Street there is a large selection of restaurants, cafes and stores. You can’t travel to Jerusalem without visiting the golden Dome of the Rock. The city is quite dense with over a million inhabitants. Israel does have some special visa arrangements that may allow expats to stay in the country for a longer time period.
There are many fascinating museums and historic sites in Jerusalem. For expat families with kids, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is Israel‘s most popular visitor attraction with a great selection of animals.
Safety & Security
According to Government of Canada travel advisory site, though there is no nationwide advisory for Israel, the security situation may change rapidly especially in border areas. Protests are common in East Jerusalem and terrorism is a constant threat. There are also an increased number of attacks targeting civilians. Expats and travelers should exercise a high degree of caution at all times. During religious holidays, avoid travel plans in the Old City area.
Israeli cuisine has adopted many elements of styles of Jewish, together with many foods eatean in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Food such as hummus (a type of cooked spread), falafel (deep-fried ball made from ground fava beans), etc. are widely popular in Israel.
Fruits, vegetables, dairy products and fish are also popular. Chefs trained abroad have brought many international cuisine elements to local restaurants.
You will find several outdoor shopping areas and shopping malls in Jerusalem. The pedestrian street in the city center is full of shops and restaurants. Jewelry stores are well-known in Jerusalem, as well as boutique clothing stores.
Generally speaking, the standard of medical care system in Jerusalem is considered extremely good. There are modern hospital facilities, high standards of health services and top-quality medical staffs. Expats planning to work and live in Jerusalem should obtain international health insurance that will cover them regionally or worldwide.
Insurance for Expatriates in Jerusalem
Most expatriates will want to obtain international medical coverage if residing in Jerusalem. A plan that will provide reimbursement for medical expenses via a large network of hospitals is recommended. Many expats should also obtain global life and disability insurance coverage when living in this ancient city.
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to become an expatriate in Jerusalem:
- International Health Insurance
- Expat Life and Disability Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Evacuation Coverage
- Group Expat Insurance Plans
If you require a quote for insurance coverage while living in Jerusalem, contact Expat Financial today for a quote and to discuss your Jerusalem expatriate insurance requirements.