Currency exchange rates
The State of Israel’s currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS) or shekel for short (pluralized as shkalim
in Hebrew or shekels in English). There are 100 agorot (agora in singular) in each shekel. Bank
notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200; coins are in denominations of NIS10, NIS5,
NIS2 NIS1 and 50 and 10 agorot.
Unlimited sums of local and foreign money may be brought into Israel as cash, travelers’ checks,
credit cards or State of Israel bonds. Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport,
banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is
required when exchanging travelers’ checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a
commission. It is recommended, though not obligatory, to carry a small amount of US dollars, since
certain tourist sites, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, take payment in dollars. More Information
is available here.
their credit cards. There are Automated Teller Machines outside most banks.
Don't be confused by the 10 shekel coin and
the 1 tenth of a shekel coin called the Agerot