Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (December 9, 2019)

Location:  Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza 

Event:  The U.S. Embassy has lifted the prohibition on U.S. government employee travel to all quarters of Jerusalem’s Old City (announced in the Security Alerts of November 18 and 23, 2019), but may occasionally restrict travel to the Old City based on the security environment.  U.S. government employees are also now permitted to travel on the portions of routes 1, 90, and 443 that traverse the West Bank, as well as to the cities of Bethlehem and Jericho.  The U.S. government continues to prohibit personal travel by U.S. government employees to Gaza and most of the West Bank.

The U.S. Embassy continues to advise U.S. citizens in or considering travel to or through Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness in light of the current environment. 

Actions to Take:

·        Limit travel in the West Bank.

·        Be aware of your surroundings.

·        Avoid all demonstrations.

·        Monitor local media.

·        Follow the instructions of local authorities.

·        Enroll in the Department of State 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 Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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