Summary

This travel advice covers Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar along the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’).

The FCO advise against all travel to Gaza. There remains a risk of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and Israeli air strikes on Gaza. You should take extra care in areas of Israel close to the border with Gaza. See Terrorism and Gaza.

Don’t attempt to enter Gaza by sea, breaching the restrictions imposed by the Israeli navy. The FCO advise against participating in flotillas or overland convoys to Gaza because of the risks involved. See Gaza.

The Rafah border with Egypt regularly closes with no warning and for long periods of time. At these times it may be impossible to enter or leave Gaza. The ability of the FCO to provide consular assistance in Gaza is extremely limited. If you travel to Gaza you should register with the British Information and Services Office (BISO) on arrival, review your security arrangements regularly and make sure you know what to do if you hear a warning siren.

Be extra vigilant and take great care when travelling anywhere in the West Bank, particularly in areas close to refugee camps, in and around Israeli settlements across the West Bank and in the cities of Jenin, Nablus and Hebron. Demonstrations and other forms of civil unrest can occur at short notice and often turn violent. Regional developments can have an impact on the local security situation. Monitor local media and avoid all protests.

Stay alert in and around the Old City in Jerusalem, especially after Friday prayers and on religious holidays. Isolated protests and demonstrations can occur both in the Old City and in East Jerusalem. Leave the area immediately if there is evidence of tension or unrest. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations.

Visa and other entry requirements are complex. Make sure you are aware of Israeli immigration policies before you travel. See Entry Requirements.

Allow additional time for increased security measures and checks at airports during Israeli holidays and during the peak summer tourist season.

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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