Message for U.S. Citizens: Assistance Departing Gaza

The U.S. Consulate General has received a number of requests for assistance in facilitating departures of U.S. citizens from Gaza.  While we have not yet identified a mechanism to assist those wishing to leave, we continue to look at the options.  In the meantime, we would like to gather the necessary information that would eventually be required.    If you would like assistance departing Gaza, please email JerusalemACS@state.gov no later than 8:00 am on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 with the information below for you and each immediate family member who will travel with you.

Immediate family is defined as spouse and children aged 18 and under only. U.S. legal permanent residents would only be assisted if traveling with immediate U.S. citizen family members and if their LPR status is valid. U.S. visa holders and those in the visa process will not be assisted.

We require the following information in order to potentially assist you:

  • Full name as it appears on your Palestinian ID documents – all four names (if you do not have a Palestinian document, give us your name as written on your U.S. passport)
  • U.S. passport number or US LPR number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Palestinian ID number
  • Palestinian passport number and validity
  • A working phone number at which you can be reached.

After receiving your information, the Consulate General will be back in touch with you if and when we are able to facilitate departures from Gaza.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found, including the current Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem through the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website. For further information, U.S. citizens may telephone the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2) 630-4000 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7575 during working hours or the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2) 630-4000. After hours (for emergencies), U.S. citizens may telephone either the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2) 622-7250 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7551 or the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2) 622-7250. Up-to-date information on security conditions can also be accessed on our Facebook page.