2015 Israel & Morocco Trip No.1: Transfer to Istanbul, Enter Israel

Israel and Morocco Travel 2015 GW
Israel and Morocco Travel 2015 GW

Date of visit: April 24, 2015

I’m sorry for the delay in posting due to the trouble with WordPress, but I’m finally back up and running, so I’ll be updating my travelogue little by little.

I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve taken a trip that wasn’t to Europe, but this may be the first time in over a decade. This year, I’m going to Morocco via Istanbul by Turkish Airlines. My wife and I will meet at Casablanca. I will go first every time.


Here is the service we used.

Istanbul Airport Service http://www.istanbulairportservice.com/

I met up with the driver safely, though there were some misunderstandings, and I occupied a 6-seater van by myself, and we headed for Sabiha Gökçın Airport for about an hour in the dark before dawn, seeing the old city of Istanbul in the distance. Since it was early in the morning, it took about 50 minutes to arrive.


The cabin was quite normal. I was worried that my belongings would be checked and weighed strictly, but it was rather loose. I measured the weight just in case, but it didn’t seem to have much meaning.

And we arrived at Tel Aviv in about 2 hours. The airport is very clean.


That’s good news!

Nevertheless, you have to respond to questions from the officer. The following items were asked.

  • Q.滞在目的は何だ? → A.観光(sightseeing)だ
  • Q.いつまで滞在するのか → A.27日だ
  • Q. 宿泊先はどこだ → A.エルサレムに3泊。ホテルはここだ(Booking.comのアプリで場所を提示)。

Well, it was a very normal exchange. Of course I can speak English, but I think I can do this much without any problem (laughs).

So we passed the passport control very smoothly.


I think I had to wait for about 30 minutes. We had to wait for about 30 minutes. The fare is about 1,800 yen because it is 30 yen a shukel.