FCO Travel Advice for - Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

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  • Take 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. There have been clashes between Israeli Defence Forces and Palestinian protestors in the West Bank after a Palestinian man died in Israeli custody on 23 February 2013.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (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 FCO advise against all travel to the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar along the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’).

  • Border crossings between Israel, Egypt and Gaza can be closed at short notice. You should check in advance whether the crossing you intend to use is open.

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

  • There is a high threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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