Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Subject: Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (February 27, 2023)
Location:  Jerusalem
Event:  Security Alert

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and increased personal security awareness as security incidents often take place without any warning.  The security environment is complex and can change quickly depending on the political situation and recent events.  U.S. government employees and their family members have been temporarily restricted from any travel to the West Bank after 8:00PM.  This is provided for your information as you make your own security plans.

In response to security incidents and without advance notice, the U.S. Embassy can further restrict or prohibit U.S. government employees and their family members from traveling to certain areas of Israel (including the Old City of Jerusalem) and the West Bank.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to consult the current Travel Advisory and Country Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, which advise U.S. citizens to be aware of the continuing risks of travel to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza due to the security situation and heightened tensions and warns against travel to Gaza.

U.S. citizens can find additional information regarding steps to take in case of mortar and rocket fire in the Country Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza:

Mortar and Rocket Fire: In the event of mortar or rocket fire, a “red alert” siren may be activated.  Treat all such alerts as real; follow the instructions from local authorities and seek shelter immediately.  Know the location of your closest shelter or protected space.  U.S. government personnel and their family members may be restricted from traveling to areas affected by rocket activity, sirens, and/or the opening of bomb shelters.  For additional information on appropriate action to take upon hearing a siren or explosion, see the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command website (available on devices within Israel) or view the Preparedness Information PDF. U.S. citizens may also wish to download the free Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command application on Android or Apple devices to receive real-time security and safety alerts.  Free commercial applications, such as Red Alert: Israel, are also available.

Actions to Take:


U.S. Embassy Jerusalem14 David Flusser St.JerusalemTelephone: +972-2-630-4000E-mail: JerusalemACS@state.govWebsite: 

U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv71 HaYarkon St.Tel AvivTelephone: +972-3-519-7575E-mail: TelAvivACS@state.govWebsite: 

State Department – Consular Affairs888-407-4747or 202-501-4444Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Country InformationIsrael, West Bank, and Gaza Travel Advisory 
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