Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem

Event: Security Alert

Due to recent violent confrontations and the upcoming celebrations and commemorations, Jerusalem’s Old City has been placed off-limits to embassy personnel through 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 16. Embassy personnel in East Jerusalem and City Center have been advised to remain indoors from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. during the same period of time.

Due to increased tensions in Jerusalem, related demonstrations can happen anywhere. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid large crowds and public/official festivities through Jerusalem Day and Ramadan.

The embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents often take place without warning. The embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.

Actions to Take:

Keep a low profile
Be aware of your surroundings
Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists
Review your personal security plans
Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible
Avoid all demonstrations, large crowds, and public festivities
Monitor local media
Follow the instructions of local authorities
Enroll in the 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.


U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser St.
Telephone: +972-2-630-4000

U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv
71 HaYarkon St.
Tel Aviv
Telephone: +972-3-519-7575
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747or 202-501-4444
Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Country Information
Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Travel Advisory
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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