In the wake of recent deadly attacks by Hamas over the weekend, the US State Department has raised concerns for American travelers planning to visit Israel. They have upgraded their travel advisory to Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to ongoing civil unrest and terrorist activities. The situation in Israel is described as dynamic, with the possibility of mortar and rocket fire occurring without prior warning.
Travelers are urged to heed the guidance of security and emergency response officials and stay informed about the availability and status of flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport. Some major airlines have temporarily suspended flights, so checking with your airline is crucial. For US citizens in Gaza who can safely leave, monitoring the status of the Rafah Crossing into Egypt is recommended.
The West Bank has also been placed at Level 3: Reconsider Travel, reflecting the increased risks in the region. Meanwhile, Gaza, which is currently experiencing heavy bombardment from Israeli airstrikes, remains at the highest advisory level – Level 4: Do Not Travel.
The United Kingdom’s government has also issued warnings for its citizens traveling to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Travelers are advised to register their presence with the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office). The FCDO continues to discourage travel to certain areas within Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and it advises against all but essential travel in other regions, including the Rafah crossing into Egypt.