Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
High degree of caution
Overall, exercise a high degree of caution
The West Bank, including Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah; all parts of Golan Heights east of Route 98, reconsider your need to travel
Areas within 5kms of the border with Gaza Strip, reconsider your need to travel Gaza Strip, do not travel
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Last advice, 7 April 2018
This travel advice contains update information relating to safety and security (see Safety and security). The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution overall. Higher levels apply in some areas.
Exercise a high degree of caution due to the threat of terrorist attack and rocket fire. Terrorist attack could occur at anytime and anywhere in Israel. Pay attention to your personal security at all times. Do not travel to the Gaza Strip due to the dangerous and unpredictable security situation. Exiting the area is very difficult and unpredictable. The capacity of the Australian Government to deliver consular assistance to Australian in Gaza, is extremely limited.
Reconsider your need to travel to areas of Israel within 5kms of the border with the Gaza Strip due to the threat of rocket attack and spill-over from civil unrest along the Gaza-Israel border.
Reconsider your need to travel to the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah, due to the unpredictable security situation.
Reconsider your need to travel to all parts of the Golan Heights to the east of Route 98 near Syria, due to the threat of terrorist attack and the activities of militants on the other side of the border.
Wherever you travel, make sure you study emergency procedures and know how to respond to air raid sirens.Identify the location of the nearest emergency shelter.
Avoid all protests,demonstration and political rallies as they may turn violent.
Monitor the media and other sources for information about unrest and possible new or emerging security risks. Take official safety and security warnings seriously and follow the instruction of local authorities.
If there is a heightened security alert, you’ll likely encounter increased security forces on the streets, additional roadblocks, vehicle inspections and heightened scrutiny of individuals and their belongings.
There is a particular threat of rocket attack and other violence in the regions bordering Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Violent incidents have occurred and the security situation could further deteriorate at any time.
If you have called for, or belong to an organization which has called for, a boycott of Israel or Israel settlements, you may be denied entry to Israel.