Tips for Staying Safe in Israel

March 14, 2013 by

Travel Tips

Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai

Unfortunately, there is always some level of political and civil unrest in Israel. The best thing you can do for the safety of yourself and for the benefit of having a nice trip is to check with any government travel advisory service as well as the Israeli embassy located nearest to you.

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The first and foremost place to get all of your travel safety information if you are an American is the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory service. Here, all you have to do is type in the country you wish to visit and it pulls up the most recent recommendations for safe travels abroad. With regard to staying safe in Israel, the site shows its last update in December, stating that the major tourism hubs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are safe for travel, but advises against any venturing into Gaza, the West Bank or any other Palestinian strongholds.

Another dependable place to get travel advisory information is through the Australian government, who with SmartTraveller offers a detailed account of affairs in foreign destinations including Israel. The Australian system ranks the travel conditions of countries accordingly, prescribing recommendations on whether or not to travel.

While you are in Israel, there are also a number of practical things you can do to stay safe. First, you will want to stay in the confines of traditional travel spots in major destinations. Secondly, it is important to always stay with your guide with a group of people you trust to navigate you around—if you happen to know an Israeli, all the better.

Finally, it is best to keep a low profile by not being too rowdy in public malls or bars. If you follow these steps, Israel has been a traditionally safe place to travel, so enjoy your visit.

- John Reality

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