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31°47′N, 35°13′E Chart icon.png
Capital Jerusalem
Language Hebrew, Arabic, English
Currency Israeli new shekel (ILS)
Time zone IST (UTC+2) , DST: IDT (UTC+3)
Calling code +972

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British Admiralty
1591 - Ports on the Coast of Israel


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Yachts arriving to Isreal are contacted by the Israeli Navy 20 ashore. Having an AIS is helpful. Further in they are intercepted by a patrol boat. Entry ports: Haifa (Shavit marina inside Hakishon port), Herzlia, Ashqelon & Eilat on the Red Sea. Tel-Aviv and Ashdod marinas are not port of entry. Tel-Aviv marina is served most conveniently by Herzlia, Ashdod marina by Ashqelon if coming from the south and Herzlia if from north.

For a good detail description see Noonsite.


Must notify authorities 72 hour before departure. Once departed a yacht must leave the teritorial waters of Israel. On your way out, few miles from the shore, you will be called by the Israeli navy who will validate your particulars and intended course (all usually conducted very politely, by a young female navy sailor).

Customs and Immigration


Customs officer will meet the yacht during entry in the entry port in an area designated for visiting yachts. Normal procedure, any weapons must be declared, drugs forbidden, etc.


Immigration officer will meet the yacht during entry in the entry port in an area designated for visiting yachts. Crew not allowed on land before completion of procedure. You will be asked by the immigration officer or by a security officer about your recent ports of call, suspicious persons that attempted contact, weapons on-board and any items received on the way that you are not sure of their safety.

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Health and Security


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Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data ||
  • Akko Akko /wiki/Akko Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Ashdod Ashdod /wiki/Ashdod Marina icon – marina |
  • Ashkelon Marina Ashkelon Marina /wiki/Ashkelon_Marina Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
  • Eilat Eilat /wiki/Eilat Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Haifa Haifa /wiki/Haifa Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
    Shavit Marina
  • Herzliya Herzliya /wiki/Herzliya Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
  • Tel Aviv Marina Tel Aviv Marina /wiki/Tel_Aviv_Marina Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |

Akko, Shavit (Hakishon) and Tel-Aviv are highly crowded. A visiting yacht (after competing entry procedures) may find a visitors berth for a short stay of a day or two. Better bets on the Med shore are Herzlia, Ashdod & Ashqelon.


Once you are checked into Israel, you will be issued a cruising permit which allows you to sail and anchor along the coast. Substantially all of the anchorages are open roadsteads suitable for anchoring only in very fair weather. Ask the locals who will be eager to advise you. Useless to ask at the marina office.


  • Basically no land transport out of Israel
  • Good air connection to practically anywhere from Ben-Gurion airport near Tel-Aviv. Charter flights to/from Eilat on the Red sea.


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Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

Rod Heikel, Greek Waters Pilot, Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718
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