Travel Safety in Israel and Jordan

By Petal Mashraki | Published on 12/18/2018

At the moment the status of Israel is classified as “Exercise increased caution in Israel due to terrorism and civil unrest". Due to COVID-19 until further notice, entry to Israel is still denied to most non-citizens or non-residents of Israel arriving from anywhere in the world. The Ministry of Health has permitted a few vaccinated groups from the "green list" countries, to enter Israel as a study case. 

Protective Face Masks For Coronavirus

Protective Face Masks For Coronavirus. Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

Travel Safety – Israel

There is at present no “war” in Israel and so for the most part life goes on as usual. Almost all the top travel destinations in Israel, attractions, and sites are in safe areas of the country. You will have no problem or threat of safety if you visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, the Dead Sea, Eilat, and the Sea of Galilee to name but a few of the safe areas to visit.

The areas to avoid are the areas near the Lebanon border (Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar); Gaza and its immediate surroundings and the West Bank. The USA has at present travel warnings issued for Gaza and the West Bank but not for Israel proper. It is possible to enter the West Bank but extreme caution must be taken as unexpected outbreaks of violence can occur.

It is preferable to travel with a guided tour to Bethlehem, Jericho, and Hebron. Indiscriminate terrorist attacks can occur without warning even in peacetime. So is it safe to travel in Israel? Considering the infection rates drop and the high percentage of vaccinated residents in Israel, the risk has significantly reduced.

Jaffa Port Aerial View, Israel

Jaffa Port Aerial View, Israel. Photo credit: © Shutterstock

Travel Safety – Jordan

So is it safe to travel to Jordan? Due to COVID-19 at the moment international travel to Jordan is restricted. The official advice for those traveling from Israel to Petra is to take normal precautions of avoiding large crowds and demonstrations which can occur in downtown Amman on a Friday afternoon. As with all countries in the Middle East, there is always a possibility of unexpected terrorist attacks but none have occurred in recent years. Normally, Jordan is a safe country to visit.

Once you are set to travel to Israel you can further ensure your safety by registering with your embassy in Israel, this way you will be sent current or emergency travel warnings. Also travel with full travel insurance coverage; leave photocopies of your itinerary, passport, and other documents with a friend or family; travel with the local embassy’s address and phone number and be aware of local customs and norms so as not to get yourself in any dangerous situations.

Bookmark the following article to have the most up-to-date information about travel restrictions in Israel.

Treasury, Petra Archeological Park, Jordan

Treasury, Petra Archeological Park, Jordan. Photo credit: © Shutterstock