Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Presence

The U.S. Consulate General advises U.S. citizens that due to the increased security presence and operations by both the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian Authority Security Forces throughout the West Bank, particularly in the Hebron area, all travel by U.S. Government personnel into the West Bank south of the Beit Jala checkpoint on Route 60, as well as to Herodian, has been suspended until further notice.

Travelers on Routes 1, 90, and 443 in the West Bank may experience a higher incidence of temporary checkpoints, and checkpoints into Bethlehem and Jericho may close with little warning based on ongoing security operations.  In addition, travelers may experience extra scrutiny at checkpoints and lengthy delays.

The U.S. Consulate General takes this opportunity to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens should avoid areas of demonstrations, if possible, and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  As always, U.S. citizens should remain aware of their surroundings and monitor the press.

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 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 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.  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, and this website