Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Passport? Visa?
Yes, you need a Passport to travel out of the country. It must be valid for minimum of 6 months after your return date. Passport Cards ARE NOT sufficient! If a Visa is required, FBE will notify you with the procedures to obtain. At this time, Israel and Greece do not require tourist Visa’s for US citizens.
Do I need any special immunizations?
No. However we do recommend that you are up to date on your routine vaccinations. Check with your Health Care Provider for any vaccinations that may be recommended for your particular health care.
What about my prescription medications or other health needs?
Keep in original bottle with the prescription attached. If necessary, ask your pharmacist for small bottles with label and take only what you need with a few days extra. Bring a list of the medications with the generic equivalent, as doctors in other countries may not be familiar with brand names. Your pharmacist should be able to provide this. Keep medications in carry-on bag. Have a note from prescribing physician for controlled substances, injectable medications, and multiple medications. Those who carry insulin should keep a copy of the written prescription with the medication. All medically necessary supplies for diabetes treatment are allowed on flights and can be administered if needed. Note that any container of insulin greater than three ounces must be declared at the security checkpoint.
What happens if I become ill or injured while traveling?
Our tour guides and in-country tour operators will assist in accessing proper medical care should that be required.
Some health insurance policies DO NOT cover illness or injury overseas.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment! We realize that overseas travel is expensive, and while we do all that we can to ensure a safe and flawless trip, there are circumstances that cannot be controlled. Consider Travel Protection for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
This is a brief description of benefits. For a summary of the plan details on benefits, coverages, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the applicable Description of Coverage. You may request a copy of the Description of Coverage prior to purchase. **Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided by the designated provider as listed in the Description of Coverage. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952. 1307701
If I am not traveling with the group, how do I get to and from the airport?
If you arrange your own air travel -choosing the LAND ONLY option of the tour-you are responsible for your own ground transportation between airport and hotel including cost and gratuity. However, if you desire to transport to and from the hotel with the group, you should arrange your flight to arrive/depart close to the time frame of the group. You can then ride on the group motor coach with no cost to you. You MUST give YOUR flight schedule to FBE office and arrival time MUST be prior to the arrival of the group.
Can I upgrade to Business Class?
Group fares do not allow for upgrades. If you have frequent flyer miles that your would like to use, we advise you to choose the Land Only Option and arrange your own flight with the airline of your choice.
How much money should I take?
There is no need to carry a large amount of currency with you. US Dollars are accepted in most countries, credit cards are widely accepted, and ATM’s are generally available in major cities. ATM’s will provide you with local currency at time of exchange. We recommend taking small denominations of US Dollars~$50-$100. We do not recommend Travelers Checks due to the high usage fee and difficulty in cashing. Call your credit card institution BEFORE you leave to notify them of the dates/itinerary of your overseas travel. If not notified before travel, banking institutions can place a security hold on transactions to protect the cardholder from fraudulent use.
Where do I exchange currency?
Money can be exchanged at the airport either prior to departure or upon arrival in country. Hotels can charge a (high) fee for exchange.
Do I need to take a power converter/adapter?
Yes. You will need a power converter/adapter specific to the country of travel if you plan to take items requiring power (Computers, electric shavers, cell phone, camera). It is recommended to NOT bring electric curling irons. Hotels supply hairdryers.
Do the hotels have Internet access?
Internet is available in most of the hotels that we use. Typically, there is an additional charge by the hotel for this use. Cost is typically $18-24 USD for 24 hrs.
Am I required to tip?
Gratuities (tips) are included for all normal services during your tour as stipulated in the tour brochure conditions including bag portage, guides/driver/hoteliers/food service (service gratuity for lunches is not included unless indicated in tour program). It is customary that service providers, guides, or driver be tipped for any SPECIAL or PERSONAL service, which they may provide for you. You may, of course, at any time, give an additional gratuity to a service provider should they exceed your expectations.
Are all meals included and what if I have special dietary needs?
Breakfast and Dinner are typically included in the cost of the tour. Lunches usually are not included in the cost and typically range $12-15 US Dollars plus gratuity. If lunch is included or if dinner is not included, this will be indicated on your particular itinerary. Hotels typically offer buffet style meals and are able to provide for vegans, vegetarians, and other special dietary requests.
What should I wear? Shoes?
Dress should be modest in respect to the culture in which you are visiting. Shorts may be worn but some churches and religious sites may require long pants for men and long pants or skirts for women as shoulders and knees must be covered. It is suggested that you bring pants or skirts on bus to change in to before touring these sites. A light shirt or shawl is helpful to have on hand if wearing sleeveless tops. Your guide will advise you of days that this will occur so that you can be prepared. Jeans can certainly be worn at all sites. Head covering may be required for both men and women. A cap, scarf, or other head covering is acceptable. Most evening meals are in the hotel therefore no special attire is required for evening meals. Comfortable shoes are a must! Practical walking shoes and/or sandals and at least one pair to interchange or wear at night.
Will I be safe?
No one can totally guarantee your safety however, we do all that we can to keep our travelers safe and out of harms way. Faith Based Expeditions does business in foreign countries using only licensed, respected, reliable, and experienced destination management companies who are committed to safety and quality. We maintain ongoing personal relationships with these companies to ensure the highest quality of tour guides, private motor coaches, and accommodations. In Israel, our tours do not go into Gaza or Hebron. We do go into some parts of the West Bank, such as Bethlehem and Jericho. If there is local unrest or an occurrence that renders the safety of our travelers questionable, our local guides will eliminate that from the itinerary and see that our travelers remain safe and out of harms way. Security on planes bound for the Middle East is much more strict than domestic and even some international air travel. Please be aware when flying into and out of Middle East countries that security personnel may question each traveler separately and extensively regarding the nature of travel, who packed your bag(s), who you are traveling with, and if you know anyone in the Middle East. Additionally, luggage is x-rayed and examined. Understand that these precautions are for YOUR safety and this process requires patience and understanding.
Information on obtaining and renewing passports of U.S. citizens.
U.S. Department of State
Information for U.S. citizens traveling abroad
U.S. Department of State
Information regarding health issues abroad & staying healthy during travel
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“What to know before you go” regarding U. S. security measures
Transportation Security Administration
Local exchange rates and converter for specific destination currency
Time & Weather
Time conversions and weather forecast for world destinations
Check on arrivals/departures for domestic & international flights/multiple airlines