Location: Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza
Event: The U.S. Embassy has lifted the prohibition on U.S. government employee travel to Jerusalem’s Old City (announced in the Security Alert of November 18, 2019), with the exception of the areas near and inside Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, and Chain Gate. U.S. government employees are also now permitted to travel on the portions of route 443 that traverse the West Bank between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The U.S. government occasionally restricts travel for its employees to Jerusalem’s Old City based on the security environment. The U.S. government continues to prohibit travel by U.S. government employees to Gaza and most of the West Bank, including Jericho and Bethlehem, as well as the portions of Routes 1 and 90 that traverse 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:
- Avoid travel in the West Bank, including Bethlehem and Jericho, as well as the portions of routes 1 and 90 that traverse the West Bank. Avoid travel to the areas near and inside Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, and Chain Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.
- 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.
State Department – Consular Affairs
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