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Hello all!
Many of us live, study, or travel to Israel and prefer using US credit cards.
I haven't seen a "master list" anywhere that outlines which stores, sites, government agencies/utilities, or companies decline US cards, so I thought it might be nice to start one.

I've only transitioned my spend to a US card this past week, so there are still plenty of unknowns.
Please reply to the thread and I'll update accordingly!

Here are my experiences thus far:

Declined US card
-Cellcom for monthly bill (however, Discover cards reported working), US cards work for in-store purchases (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)
-BigDeal http://www.bigdeal.co.il (Groupon copycat) (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)
-Club Teva website (if you happen to be a Teva employee  :))) (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)
-Golan Telecom via their own processing (attempted with Chase CSR Visa on 11/19/16). Works with PayPal, just be sure to turn off PayPal's automatic currency conversion!
-"Kavim" RavKav machines - some machines don't accept Visa or MC (works for Discover and Amex)
-Israel Railways ticket machines (attempted with Chase IHG MasterCard)
-Pope Tobacco in Ashkelon (cheap liquor/tobacco/mens' gifts store) (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)


Tentative
-AIG Insurance declined through call center (rep mentioned that they do not accept any foreign cards).  However, my card successfully registered through their online portal and will wait to see if it gets charged properly.
-Bituach Leumi online (works by phone and at the branch) (worked for me yesterday online)

Other
-Cellarix (Israeli social payment app/site).  It let me send money, but Chase categorized it as a cash advance (attempted with Chase Visa)
-Mika gas stations (only lets you fill up 30 shekels worth when paying at the pump, apparently paying inside gets this raised to 200) (attempted with Chase Visa)

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #135 on: December 07, 2017, 08:01:39 AM »
In general I really think Israeli beauracracy has gotten much better. I think a lot of the stories people tell are outdated
they just have the same head and blood as us :) ;)
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #136 on: December 11, 2017, 07:25:09 AM »
In general I really think Israeli beauracracy has gotten much better. I think a lot of the stories people tell are outdated

Then maybe youíd like to take care of my bituah leumi issues & get the approximately 2000 they owe me.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #137 on: December 11, 2017, 07:43:09 AM »
Then maybe youíd like to take care of my bituah leumi issues & get the approximately 2000 they owe me.
how long has it been?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #138 on: December 11, 2017, 09:08:50 AM »
Then maybe youíd like to take care of my bituah leumi issues & get the approximately 2000 they owe me.
What's the issue?
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #139 on: December 11, 2017, 12:17:16 PM »
What's the issue?

I sent in my meuhedet receipts for the waiting period & still havenít received the 875 shekel they owe me (many months later).

I didnít have 6 months in Israel on my visa before I went back to have a baby. I was in America for about 5 months so my waiting period started again from when I returned. Because of that my first child as born before my bituah leumi started & they didnít want to give me maanak leida. They said after my second child Iíll receive it as if it was the first child (about 1000 shekel more). Second child is here & I only got 788 shekel.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #140 on: December 11, 2017, 03:13:45 PM »
if i paid a meuchedet bill after the waiting period, for services that happened during the waiting period, will i be reimbursed?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #141 on: December 11, 2017, 07:26:08 PM »
if i paid a meuchedet bill after the waiting period, for services that happened during the waiting period, will i be reimbursed?
i just got back 250 plus 425 for private doctors
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #142 on: December 12, 2017, 01:52:54 AM »
I sent in my meuhedet receipts for the waiting period & still havenít received the 875 shekel they owe me (many months later).

I didnít have 6 months in Israel on my visa before I went back to have a baby. I was in America for about 5 months so my waiting period started again from when I returned. Because of that my first child as born before my bituah leumi started & they didnít want to give me maanak leida. They said after my second child Iíll receive it as if it was the first child (about 1000 shekel more). Second child is here & I only got 788 shekel.
Want me to call?
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #143 on: December 12, 2017, 10:46:58 AM »
Want me to call?

That would be really nice. Iím just not reallly sure Who to call. I know I can call bituah leumi but I want to speak to somebody who can actually help.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #144 on: December 12, 2017, 11:51:55 PM »
I sent in my meuhedet receipts for the waiting period & still havenít received the 875 shekel they owe me (many months later).

I didnít have 6 months in Israel on my visa before I went back to have a baby. I was in America for about 5 months so my waiting period started again from when I returned. Because of that my first child as born before my bituah leumi started & they didnít want to give me maanak leida. They said after my second child Iíll receive it as if it was the first child (about 1000 shekel more). Second child is here & I only got 788 shekel.
There used to be an option , instead of the 6 month waiting period you can pay I think it was 11000 or 12000 Shekels and be eligible immediately, does this option still exist?
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #145 on: December 14, 2017, 05:44:36 AM »
Just tried paying for a new Israeli passport via the website (forms.gov.il) with my CSR and it declined it, saying it could only take Israeli credit cards.
Did not try over the phone or at one of the self-service kiosks.

On the other hand, Meuhedet payments are still going strong.. Although they keep calling me up to tell me to setup a horaat keva  ::).

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #146 on: December 14, 2017, 05:59:01 AM »
Just tried paying for a new Israeli passport via the website (forms.gov.il) with my CSR and it declined it, saying it could only take Israeli credit cards.
Did not try over the phone or at one of the self-service kiosks.

On the other hand, Meuhedet payments are still going strong.. Although they keep calling me up to tell me to setup a horaat keva  ::).
At least they updated the message. It used to just decline with no message. Don't think there is any option for over there phone
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #147 on: December 14, 2017, 07:52:01 AM »
At least they updated the message. It used to just decline with no message. Don't think there is any option for over there phone

There is no phone option and the current discount for online payment far outweighs any conceivable point value.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #148 on: December 14, 2017, 08:08:22 AM »
Just tried paying for a new Israeli passport via the website (forms.gov.il) with my CSR and it declined it, saying it could only take Israeli credit cards.
Did not try over the phone or at one of the self-service kiosks.
We've discussed this one before.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #149 on: December 18, 2017, 11:58:08 AM »
There is no phone option and the current discount for online payment far outweighs any conceivable point value.
+1 and kiosk doesn't either work for "our" credit cards