I'm off to Israel for my late summer break - I only plan to visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and possibly go North towards Haifa and visit Cesaera and other archeological sites. I just checked the FCO travel advice and noticed the restrictions on bringing laptop and cameras. I was planning to bring my mac to stay in touch with friends back in the UK, and my SLR camera obviously. The FCO says the following:
"Electrical items, including laptops, may be taken from departing passengers for security inspection and either stored in the aircraft baggage hold, or returned to them in the UK. Damage may occur.
Ensure that you comply with customs regulations: if you arrive with valuable personal items (computers, camcorders etc) you may be required to pay a deposit that is refundable on or after departure."
I don't really want any damage to my mac or SLR. Has anyone experienced this?
On a lighter note, I will be sleeping (or partying rather) in Tel Aviv and will do day trips to the other destinations. Is it best to book organised tours or travel by bus/train on my own?