Security Message for U.S. Citizens From U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv advises U.S. citizens that due to the ongoing conflict between Syrian opposition forces and the Syrian military in Syrian territory but in proximity to the Israeli side of the Disengagement Zone in the Golan Heights, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have declared portions of the disengagement line with Syria a closed military area and have subsequently restricted civilian access.

Route 98 near the border remains open for travel. However, US Government personnel are now prohibited from all official and personal travel east of Route 98 until further notice.

Additionally, as always when traveling within the Golan Heights, caution should be exercised due to unmarked or poorly marked minefields from previous conflicts. Travelers are reminded to walk only on established roads or trails and to pay close attention to warning signs and notices in the area.

Please review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. The Israeli Home Front Command website provides helpful guidance for an assortment of emergency situations at this link.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide CautionCountry Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank and GazaTravel 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 Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7575 during working hours or the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2) 630-4000 or. After hours (for emergencies), U.S. citizens may telephone either 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 at this website or this website.