There are lots of things to consider before travelling to Israel, this country is very unique and different to probably anywhere else you’ve been before. The people, language, locations, climate and currency will all be totally new when you arrive and it can be a bit of a culture shock.

To make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible one thing you really need to consider if buying an eSIM in-advance before you go. An eSIM helps you to have internet on your mobile phone giving you access throughout the country which is highly recommended to have when travelling in Israel.


What is eSIM?

eSIM is the future of phones, instead of being a removable plastic card inside your phone, an eSIM is a small chip embedded in your handset. You can't remove it like in previous years, it works electronically by letting you connect to a second (or third, or fourth) mobile network without swapping physical SIM card. It allows you to connect your phone to the internet, use apps and social networks without the huge roaming fees. Some companies even offer packages with unlimited data.


The Best eSIM for Israel

Tel Aviv

There are several options when it comes to connecting to the internet whilst in Israel. You could connect to your 3/4G on your home phone network, but this will be very expensive. The best option for getting fast access on your phone is to buy an eSIM and a data plan with a company like Holafly, Pelephone or Cellcom.


Holafly offer two data packages to Israel perfect for most trips to Israel:

  • 3GB - 7 Days: $34.00
  • 6GB - 15 Days: $44.00

Benefits include:

  • High-speed connection throughout Israel including cities like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
  • Easy to set up and receive your QR code and connect instantly
  • Keep your WhatsApp number on your cellphone
  • Connect to the best networks in Israel with no surprise charges/bills
  • Forget about roaming and searching for public WiFi networks

Whether you plan to be exploring importation religious sites, relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv, or are planning a backpacking adventure to explore more of the country, having fast internet will be a real blessing. For so many reasons too, using maps so you don’t get lost, checking transport, viewing online reviews, finding cafes and restaurants, or money saving vouchers.


How to buy eSIM online

Have we got you interested in purchasing a Holafly eSim? Signing up is really easy, you visit the Holafly website, selected the package you are interested in and proceed to the online checkout. As described above, there are lots of packages available for all trip durations and prices are very affordable. Once purchased you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a QR code.


Steps to install and activate

Installing and activating the eSim is very simple and can be done in minutes. After purchasing your eSim conformation e-mail there will be a QR code which you can scan and follow the instructions. Once you arrive in Europe you will be able to select the data plan you are going to use in settings and then connect to the internet and your ready to go.

Please note no physical SIM card will be sent to you in the mail, Holafly uses eSims which is also beneficial to the environment by reducing plastic use - another added benefit.


Advantages and disadvantages during use

Are you wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of a Holafly eSim? Let us explain more. 



There are so many advantages, including ease of speed of setup, use in multiple European destinations (EU and non-EU), unlimited data, 24/7 customer service and there is also no need to share your personal data. 



There are some slight disadvantages, for example this eSim can only be used in a phone and you can't share the internet to other devices, a laptop for example. This might be a slight problem if you are going to be working using a computer, but remember the primary purpose of an eSim is for use in a phone only.


It really is worth getting an eSIM if you want to use the internet in Israel. Although travelling in Israel is possible without a phone, it is much easier to have fast internet access in the palm of your hand. Overall, we recommend purchasing an international eSIM for Israel with Holafly.