U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

Published by January 7, 2013

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The U.S. Department of State has updated a travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to heightened tensions and continued risks to U.S. citizens. In these and surrounding metropolitan areas, visitors should take necessary measures to reduce their vulnerability to crime by avoiding large demonstrations and staying informed on current news.

In light of the recent missile attacks in Gaza and Tel Aviv, travelers are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the location of the nearest bomb shelter. They may seek this information from hotel staff or building managers.

Attacks from bombs, missiles, and firearms remain a regular occurrence and may be launched with little warning. Travelers should be aware of their surroundings at all times. Because of the restriction on U.S. citizen employees to travel to certain areas, the consular staff’s ability to offer timely assistance to travelers is limited.

Travelers can stay in touch by signing up for email updates or contacting the Department of State directly. For more information, visit the website here.