One of the first steps you will need to take in Israel is opening a bank account - you will need it in order to receive your Sal Klita.

Choose a convenient branch to open your account in as there are certain transactions that you'll need to go to that branch for. Open a Shekel account and deposit at least a minimal sum to activate the account.

If you wish to keep money in foreign currency, the bank can arrange for this to be held within your account.

Different banks offer benefits to Olim - ask what benefits the bank that you have chosen offers.

If you previously held a tourist account, update your bank as to your new status.

Check process for obtaining cheque books, bank and credit cards, internet banking.

Make sure that the bank fills out and stamps the form received at the airport.