Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to the Golan Heights

Due to multiple mortar rounds launched from Syria and landing in the northern Golan Heights in recent days, we urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel to that area until the situation stabilizes.  The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv continues to closely monitor the security situation and advises U.S. citizens to visit the website of the Government of Israel’s Home Front Command for further emergency preparedness guidance.  Due to the recent mortar incidents, U.S. government employees are temporarily prohibited from personal travel into the area north of Route 87 and east of Route 918 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Recent events underscore the importance of situational awareness.  We remind you to be aware of your surroundings at all times, to monitor the media, and to follow directions of emergency responders.

For additional information about security and safety issues in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, we remind citizens to review the Department of State’s travel warning and country specific information sheet.

For further information:

  • 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.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, 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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