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Is it safe to travel to Israel? The answer may surprise you!

So, is it safe to travel to Israel?

If you base it on the recommendations of the Foreign Ministries of the USA, England and France, then the answer is clearly no, because right now they know that there is a war going on in Israel, but if you look at the internal Israeli tourism curve, every time there is a holiday or a weekend, the tourist attractions and sites are packed to capacity. Jewish organizations continue to visit Israel, as well as students of foreign studies, whose classes are full. Volunteers are arriving everyday from all over the United States and Europe. The facts on the ground are this: You need to be careful where you go, like in any country but you can have an amazing trip to Israel!

Understanding the Landscape

Israel itself is largely safe for tourists. Major tourist destinations like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea rarely experience major security incidents. However, Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) are considered areas that are less safe. But with the proper arrangements and guidance you should have no problem going there as well. There are only a few spots that based on the current events in the region we would recommend to stay away from.

Staying Informed

Before your trip,  consult the travel advisories issued by your government’s foreign affairs department. These advisories provide up-to-date information on areas to avoid and any specific safety concerns.

Partnering with a Local Tour Operator

While independent travel is possible, a local tour operator can significantly enhance your safety and experience. Experienced local operators possess a deep understanding of the region’s complexities and can tailor your itinerary to avoid high-risk areas. They constantly monitor security situations and can adjust your schedule quickly if needed without you feeling you are losing out on something.

Extra precautions - usually not necessary, but it is available

Many local tour guides have a license for a gun or can get escorted by a licensed gun carrier many of them are ex-military. If you come as a group it is possible to get a bullet proof bus/minivan, but it is very expensive. If you go by public transportation, many of the buses in areas considered problematic use protective buses.

Knowing What to Expect

Israeli security measures can seem extensive, especially at airports and borders.  Expect thorough checks and questioning. Be patient, polite, and truthful when interacting with security personnel.

Security Briefings

If necessary, your tour guide will provide you with any important information before starting on your day. These guidelines will mention potential issues and recommended safety protocols specific to the location you’re visiting.

Staying Connected

As recommended when traveling abroad, download a reliable offline map app and ensure your phone can connect to a local network. This will allow you to navigate unfamiliar areas and stay informed in case of unexpected changes.

Travel Insurance

It’s strongly advisable when departing for any overseas trip to invest in travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and travel disruptions. This provides peace of mind and ensures you’re financially protected in case of unforeseen circumstances. We recommend working with IMG.

A few extra Points to consider

Religious sites

Please be aware Israel is full of Holy sites to all major religions. To prevent any uncomfortable situations, you are requested to dress modestly when visiting any religious sites.

Sun protection

Israel’s summers are gloriously sunny, but the sun’s rays and heat can be intense.  To stay safe, prioritize sun protection.  Apply sunscreen generously when outside. Hydration is key – consider carrying a reusable water bottle.  Opt for loose, lightweight, and breathable clothing in light colors to stay cool.  Seek shade during the hottest part of the day, typically between 11 am and 4 pm, and plan your outdoor activities accordingly.  A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses further shield you from the sun’s harsh rays.

Exchange rates

Stay safe from bad exchange rates. Plan where you will exchange your money in advance see more about where you can get the best exchange rate in Israel.


Israel is a captivating country offering a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. By taking the necessary precautions and partnering with a reliable local tour operator, you can embark on a safe and enriching journey.  Embrace this opportunity to learn, explore, and create lasting memories in this extraordinary land. 

Contact Israel Connection Tours today for your safe trip to Israel.