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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem, Updated Travel Restrictions for Consulate General Employees & Family Members

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The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens in, or considering travel to, Jerusalem, the West Bank or Gaza to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness in light of the current environment.  Individuals and groups opposed to U.S. policies may target U.S. government facilities, U.S. private interests and U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens should be aware of their surroundings and avoid crowds or areas where there is a large police or security presence.


The prohibition on personal travel by U.S. government employees and family members to the West Bank, to include Jericho and Bethlehem, remains in effect.  Personal travel into Jerusalem’s Old City is prohibited on Fridays, and the Damascus, Herods, and Lions Gates and immediate vicinities in the Old City are off limits at all times.  However, travel on Route 443 through the West Bank is now permitted.  U.S. citizens may want to consider these restrictions when planning their own travel in this region.