Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential for Violence in Old City Jerusalem on Friday, October 16

This is in addition to the Security Message issued on October 13, 2015, the recommended restrictions of which remain in effect.

The U.S. Consulate has declared the Old City to be off limits to all U.S. government employees on Friday, October 16. This restriction will be lifted at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 17. We recommend that private U.S. citizens take into consideration these restrictions and the additional guidance contained in the Department’s travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza when making decisions regarding their travel.

While we make every attempt to provide timely and accurate information, we cannot predict where or when violence or clashes may occur in this dynamic security environment.

We remind you to be aware of your surroundings at all times, monitor the media, avoid demonstrations and other crowds as events can turn violent without warning, and follow directions of police and other emergency responders

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, located at 71 Hayarkon, telephone (972) (3) 519-7575. The Consulate General in Jerusalem is located at 14 David Flusser, telephone (972) (2) 622-7230. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, you may call the emergency after-hours number either in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7551 or Jerusalem at (972) (2) 622-7250.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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