Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (May 28, 2020)
Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens residing in or considering travel to the West Bank and Gaza to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Violence can occur with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, government checkpoints, markets and shopping facilities or government facilities. U.S. citizens should carefully consider risks to their personal safety and security when considering visits to sites and events that are potential targets.
U.S. government personnel and their dependents living and working in Israel are prohibited from engaging in personal travel to the West Bank, with the exception of the portions of Route 1, Route 443, and Route 90 that traverse the West Bank. Official travel of U.S. government personnel is extremely limited throughout the West Bank. The U.S. government prohibits its employees from traveling to Gaza.
Actions to Take:
- Consider personal safety if contemplating travel to the West Bank.
- Avoid travel to Gaza.
- Use commercially available navigation software to find the most appropriate route if you must travel.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid all demonstrations.
- Monitor local media.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Enroll in the Department of Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.
- Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Advisories (including the Travel Advisory for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza) and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.