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Isreal, The West Bank and Gaza Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 28, 2018

Exercise increased caution in Israel due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

Reconsider travel to:

Terrorist groups and lone-wolf terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Violence can occur in Jerusalem and the West Bank without warning.

U.S. government personnel can travel freely in Israel, except to areas in close proximity to Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.  Travel of U.S. government personnel is extremely limited throughout the West Bank, and occasionally portions of Jerusalem are off limits to personnel.   The U.S. government prohibits its employees from traveling Gaza.   

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to the areas covered in this document:

Jerusalem: Violent clashes, protests, and terror attacks have occurred throughout the city, including in the Old City. Acts of terrorism have resulted in death and injury to bystanders, including U.S. citizens. During periods of unrest, the Government of Israel may restrict access to and within portions of Jerusalem.

West Bank:  U.S. government travel throughout the West Bank is extremely limited.

Terror attacks and violent clashes in the West Bank have resulted in the deaths and injury of U.S. citizens and others. During periods of unrest, the Government of Israel may restrict access to and within the West Bank, and some areas may be placed under curfew. 

Visit our website for Travel to High Risk Areas.

Gaza:  The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Gaza as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling there.     

Hamas, a U.S. government-designated foreign terrorist organization, controls security in Gaza. The security environment within Gaza and on its borders is dangerous and volatile.

Demonstrations occur on a frequent basis and may turn violent without warning.  

Sporadic mortar or rocket fire and corresponding Israeli military responses may occur at any time. 

U.S. government employees are not allowed to travel to Gaza and are restricted from traveling close to the Gaza demarcation line.  

Visit our website for Travel to High Risk Areas.

Restrictions on U.S. Government Employee Travel

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