Hi all, My wife and I are coming up on our 5-year anniversary this year, and our tradition has always been to go away for a vacation on our anniversary (as best we can anyway). This year, she has settled on Israel and perhaps Jordan over my choice of a couple weeks in India and Nepal. In doing some preliminary research on the logistics of the trip, I'm somewhat confused by what I am and what I don't need to declare when entering Israel at Customs. We would be entering Israel as Non-EU visitors. Not sure yet if we would both enter and exit from Tel Aviv, or if we would only enter via TLV. Apart from the obvious things you don't need to declare (clothing up to a certain value, limits on alcohol and tobacco, etc.), here's where things start getting a little muddy. From the Ministry of Finance: B. OTHER USED AND PORTABLE ITEMS WHICH MAY BE BROUGHT THROUGH THE GREEN CHANNEL Typewriter, Camera, Movie camera, Video camera, Personal computer, Laptop computer, Television receiver, Tape recorder, Radio, Binoculars, Jewelry for personal use, Musical instruments, Record player, Stroller/baby carriage, Tent (only one allowed), Camping equipment, Sporting. Equipment, Bicycle (only one allowed, and non-motorized) and Similar travelers' equipment. Further down the policy document, it states: 5. PAYMENT OF TAXES, AND/OR DEPOSITING GUARANTEES A. PAYMENT OF TAXES AND DEPOSITING A GUARANTEE The Israel Tax Authority assesses the value of imported items based on price lists that they have. These lists determine the value of the items. However, if you possess an invoice in which the value on an item is lower than the one on the price list by no more than 20%, the price on the invoice will be the one used for the purpose of tax calculation, and not the price list. If you have brought in items which are not exempted from taxes, you must pay the taxes due before they are released from Customs. If you bring in: a new personal computer, a new VCR, a new video camera, or other similar items, you must leave a guarantee equal to the taxes due on the item. The guarantee must be made in foreign currency, using cash or one of the following credit cards: Visa; EuroCard; American Express; and Diners'Club. B. THE GUARANTEE - RETURNING OR FORFEITING The guarantee will be returned to you if you take out the items on time; otherwise the guarantee will be forfeited. It is recommended that you insure all of your belongings at their full value, including taxes. This will ensure that the taxes will be covered if you are unable to meet your obligation to take out these items. What I was thinking about taking: E-P3 PL25 14-140 (Wife's lens) either O12 or P7-14 Maybe my GF1 and another lens (PL45?) so we each get a camera Maybe my Chromebook (11.6", nearly identical size to an 11" MBA)for basic image backup and processing/posting None of the above is new except for the Chromebook, though I do keep everything in as good a condition as I can, so several things look new-ish. Basically, I don't want to get ripped off, and there are lots of horror stories about Israeli customs screwing people over confiscating things that are well within policy, charging you a holding fee per day until you pick them up when leaving the country, or paying taxes on things you already own and have no intention of selling within the country. So based on other forum members experiences (if you have any), what line should I take; Red channel and declare everything, or Green channel? Does it make a difference if I'm flying into Tel Aviv, exiting by land into Jordan, then flying out of Amman? Should I just go Green channel in this scenario, as there isn't a similar Red/Green Customs setup when land crossing out of the country?