Is Israel is on your next holiday list, prepare yourself for sacred sites that inspire respect and invoke wonder, simple villages and modern cities, the depths of the Dead Sea, and the sparkling coast of the Mediterranean – all packaged up with energetic diversity.
The Israeli New Shekel (or Sheqel) is the currency of the State of Israel, but it is also used in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The New Shekel is divided into 100 agora. On the ILS coins and banknotes, the currency is spelled as “sheqel”, but “shekel” is commonly used.
The ILS is one of the least restricted currencies in the world when it comes to importing and exporting the currency, with no restrictions in place. You may find that some tourist sites accept USD as payment, so it may be a good idea to carry a small amount on you, along with your ILS. You are still likely to receive your change in shekels though.
If you want to get your ILS (or USD) sorted before your trip, you can order your travel money at any of our stores or order it online whenever you want and just pick up instore at your convenience. If you are bringing ILS into Australia, our Travel Money Experts can also help you out with exchanging those into AUD – just visit any of our 120+ stores in Australia for today’s sell rate.
ILS ₪ or NIS
NIS ½, 1, 2, 5, 10
NIS 20, 50, 100, 200
How do I get my ILS?
Use our conversion rate calculator or click on the button below to order your currency online in a few easy steps.
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Did you know? ILS Currency Facts
- The symbol for the shekel does not appear on most keyboards and is rarely used, so instead the currency is commonly referred to by its initials – NIS
- Israel has no mint to produce its currency. Banknotes are printed in Switzerland and coins are minted in South Korea
- Many of the NIS banknotes have a vertical orientation rather than the traditional horizontal design
- The NIS 20 note was the first to made of polymer, and was issued in 2008
- Prior to 1969, the currency of Israel was the lira or pound. This changed to the shekel, but implementation only happened 9 years after the law was passed to introduce the new currency
Why exchange with Travel Money Oz
Need to exchange ILS to AUD?
Have some Israel Sheqalim left over from your trip and aren't sure what to do with them?
We can help you with that too! Just visit us in store for our best rates and we'll gladly put Aussie dollars back in your pocket!