The Low Down on Israeli Currency
Israeli new shekel
Bank of Israel
|Currency sub unit:|
agora (agoras, agorot)
₪20, ₪50, ₪100, ₪200
10 agorot, ₪½, ₪1, ₪2, ₪5, ₪10
The official currency in Israel is the new shekel - abbreviated to ILS - and is issued by the Bank of Israel. New shekel is divided into 100 agora.
The ‘new shekel’ is also referred to merely as the ‘shekel’, and was formerly known as the ‘new Israeli shekel’. The new shekel is also legal tender in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The term ‘shekel’ originates from an ancient biblical currency of the same name that was used in ancient Israel and related to the weight of certain grains or barley.
The most commonly used bills for the Israeli new shekel are the 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes.
What to spend your new shekel on**:
Entry to Tel Aviv Museum of Art
A cup of coffee
3 course meal for 2
A 1 km taxi ride
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- Can you use US dollars in Israel?
US dollars are occasionally accepted at large hotel chains, restaurants or establishments; however you should not rely on US dollars while travelling in Israel.
- What is the symbol for the Israeli new shekel?
The new shekel currency symbol is ₪.
- Are most major credit cards accepted in Israel?
Yes, most major credit cards are widely accepted in Israel; however it is recommended you take some cash currency as smaller vendors will not likely accept cards.
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**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.
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