This travel advice covers Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • Gaza

  • the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar and within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town

  • east of Route 98 along the Syrian border

The security situation in Israel and the OPTs is fast moving. You should keep up to date with local media and travel reports. See Safety and Security section.

There have been a number of violent incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Old City, in recent days. The FCO judges that tensions remain high and further incidents are possible over the next few days. You should consider the possibility of further incidents before undertaking travel to the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Old City.

On 6 October clashes occurred during demonstrations in Jaffa, and there’s potential for further demonstrations in Arab municipalities across Israel. You should take extra care if a demonstration is taking place nearby and avoid large gatherings.

On 7 October a stabbing attack occurred in the Old City. On 3 October, 2 Israelis were killed when a group was attacked around the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. There remains a possibility of further violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

On 1 October, 2 Israelis were shot and killed on a road between the settlements of Elon Moreh and Itamar, near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus. Take extra care near settlements in the West Bank, particularly near Nablus. Expect road closures and numerous checkpoints across the West Bank.

On 14 to 16 September, there were violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount site. There’s a possibility of further violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank in coming weeks.

On 20 August, rockets were fired into northern Israel from Syria, impacting in Israel’s Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights. There were no reports of injury or serious damage.

On 31 July, two houses were set on fire near Nablus. Three people died and 1 was injured in a settler terrorist attack.

On 19 June, two Israeli men were shot near the settlement of Dolev, north west of Ramallah. One of the men subsequently died from his injuries. Police are investigating the attack.

On 4 October a rocket was fired into Israel from Gaza, landing in open areas.

There is a risk of security incidents in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. There have been attacks on pedestrians on or near Jerusalem’s Light Rail stations in recent months, including an attack on pedestrians near the Shimon Ha’Tzadik station on 5 March when a number of people were injured.

There have been attacks on buses in the Greater Tel Aviv area, including a knife attack on 21 January when 12 people were wounded.

Take extra care and be vigilant when using public transport, in particular the Light Rail in East Jerusalem and buses in the greater Tel Aviv area. You may wish to consider using other forms of transport.

The situation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank remains tense and the security situation is volatile. You should be especially vigilant after Friday prayers and on religious holidays. Demonstrations and other forms of civil unrest can occur at short notice and often turn violent. A heavy Israeli security presence is likely. Be extra vigilant and take great care, particularly at the Qalandiya checkpoint between East Jerusalem and Ramallah, in areas close to refugee camps, in and around Israeli settlements and in the cities of Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron.

Visa and other entry requirements are complex. Make sure you’re aware of Israeli immigration policies before you travel. Allow extra time for increased security measures and checks at airports during Israeli holidays and during the peak summer tourist season. See Entry Requirements

There is a high threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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