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'More than just a powder-keg or a promised land, Israel is unforgettable'

Travel warning

Travel along Israel’s border with Lebanon, and close to the Israeli side of the Israel / Gaza Strip border, is recommended against. Care should be taken at crossing points between Jordan and Israel. All travel to Nablus, Jenin and the Gaza Strip outside of Gaza City is also strongly recommended against, as well as all travel to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip at night.

Travel to most of the West Bank and Gaza City is advised against unless the purpose is essential. There is a huge threat from terrorism and military activity in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. If planning to travel to Israel or the Occupied Territories, nationals should be very cautious about personal security arrangements.

Due to current travel and other restrictions, there are limits to the level of consular assistance provided in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for most nationals. United Kingdom / Palestinian dual nationals are subject to complex Israeli travel restrictions. Crime is usually not a problem in Israel or the Occupied Territories, however sensible precautions should be taken.

Travellers should visit 1 of the following government websites for the latest risk assessment:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Website: www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Tel: +44 (0)870 606 0290.

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Website: www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/sos/warnings-en.asp

Israel is on the eastern Mediterranean, bordered by Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. The Great Rift Valley initiates beyond the source of the River Jordan and extends south through the Dead Sea, into the Red Sea. For many people, Israel is the Holy Land. Attractions include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (the Holy City, the capital and cradle of Judaism, Islam and Christianity).

Tel Aviv is an exhilarating city offering culture and sandy beaches. The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra attracts audiences from all over the world. Haifa is Israel's leading seaport, as an industrial town and ancient fortress, it is a starting point for visits to Galilee to see the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and the Mount of Beatitudes.

The Dead Sea is an inland lake lying in the lower Jordan Valley, flanked by the Moab and Judean Mountains. Its minerals and high salt content are well known for their health giving properties. Israeli cuisine is essentially a combination of Western and Oriental cuisine. Folklore and dance shows are performed for visitors all over.
Useful travel links
Israel Israel's ministry of tourism
Lonely Planet Guide to Israel from lonely planet