ATM

Don’t assume that every ATM in Israel will swallow your card and spit out cash in exchange.Look for decal stickers marked PLUS, Cirrus, Visa, American Express, or any combination thereof. Some ATMs will also bear international flags, alerting you, the international traveler, that cash beckons just behind the punch screen. As soon as you insert a foreign card, most ATMs will switch from their default language of Hebrewto English-but not all.  Stick to teller machine at major banks where you are guaranteed an English-language options menu. Call your bank to alert them that you will be abroad. Many banks will immediately freeze your card if they see a suspicious international transaction and weren't previously tipped off that their customer is traveling.  Israeli ATMs have occasionally been known to run out of cash, especially just before Shabbat and before major holidays, when withdrawals are heavy.

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