We are currently advising Irish citizens to exercise
extreme caution when travelling in Israel and the Occupied
We continue to advise against all travel to Gaza and the areas
immediately adjacent to Gaza. We advise that travellers
exercise extreme caution within 40km of Gaza. Irish citizens
are advised to exercise extreme caution in all other parts of
Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory.
· Travellers should
regularly acquaint themselves with the latest developments
regarding a possible regional military conflict.
· We strongly
advise against all travel to the Gaza Strip, including the
waters off Gaza.
· We strongly
advise against all travel to the border area with the Gaza
strip in southern Israel.
· We strongly
advise Irish citizens to exercise extreme caution when
travelling to the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian
Territory. There are increased tensions in the West Bank with an
increased possibility of violence between Palestinian protestors
and Israeli security. Travellers are strongly advised to avoid all
gatherings and demonstrations across the Israel and West Bank at
· The situation
will continue to be monitored and will be kept under active review.
· Because of
Israeli requirements, diplomatic/Consular staff are obliged to
give 5 working days' notice of an intention to visit Gaza.
There is no guarantee that permission will be given even after
complying with this time limit. In addition, the EU rule
precluding contact with the de facto authorities in Gaza has rarely
been waived and then only in an emergency.
Safety and Security
travelling to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory should
inform themselves and remain alert to all developments and
determine the necessity of their travel plans in accordance with
the latest available information. We advise all
travellers to register their details on the Department's Citizens'
Registration facility at http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=40332
and to continue to follow the Department's Travel
advice. Additionally, given the current situation in
Syria, we would advise keeping in touch with local English language
media as well as Israel's Home Front Command website which has an
English language version at this address http://www.oref.org.il/894-en/Pakar.aspx
We advise strongly against all travel to the Gaza Strip. Concerning
the Israeli-Gaza Strip border, although cease-fires have been
declared on previous occasions, these are fragile, with sporadic
rocket fire in the region. Recent closures of the Rafah crossing
have prevented planned departures from Gaza, and while now
re-opened, further closures of the Rafah and Erez crossings may
happen at short notice without warning. Irish citizens in Gaza are
advised to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs, if they
have not already done so, by clicking here. Contact
details for the Embassy of Ireland are here. Irish
citizens should be aware the provision of consular assistance to
citizens who travel to Gaza is restricted by the ongoing blockade
of Gaza and that five working days may be required to ensure access
The security situation in the occupied West Bank has improved
considerably in recent years, but the continued Israeli occupation
of the Palestinian territories remains an ongoing source of
tension. As some areas remain tense and local situations have the
potential to deteriorate suddenly, citizens should exercise
caution, check the travel advice regularly and register with the
Irish Embassy in Tel Aviv or the Representative Office in Ramallah
before travelling. Similarly, West Jerusalem and occupied East
Jerusalem, including the Old City of Jerusalem, remain popular
tourist destinations but citizens should exercise caution and avoid
the use of public transport in these areas.
Large gatherings of people or demonstrations should be avoided.
Local Laws and Customs
For entry requirements for Israel and the occupied Palestinian
Territory please contact the nearest Embassy or
It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport
with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of
your passport at all times.
The penalties for smuggling and trafficking in illegal drugs are
severe. Persons caught in possession of illegal drugs can expect a
prison sentence and deportation.
Travellers to both Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory
will notice a mix of religions and cultures. Many people feel
strongly about their beliefs and customs and visitors should at all
times be aware of local cultural mores. For example, it is not
recommended to enter a Jewish Ultra-Orthodox area, particularly in
Jerusalem, on Shabbat (Friday evening to Saturday evening). Modest
dress is recommended at pilgrimage sites and in religious areas in
Jerusalem as well as in the West Bank and Gaza. Travellers should
also be sensitive when taking pictures of people in Muslim and
Orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods.
Travellers are advised to take care not to take photographs of
military or police personnel or installations.
It is recommended to carry identification with you at all time in
case it is requested by the local authorities. It is also advisable
to make photocopies of your passport, including after arrival, the
date and entry stamp pages in case of theft or loss.
The purchase of property in Israeli settlements in the occupied
Palestinian Territory, or the Golan Heights under Israeli
occupation is subject to risk. The Irish Government considers these
settlements to be illegal under international law. The
establishment of Palestinian sovereignty in the areas currently
under Israel occupation and the restoration of Syrian control to
the occupied Golan Heights may have legal consequences for the
purchasers of such properties. Potential purchasers should seek
independent legal advice before undertaking such purchases.
Natural Disasters and Climate
There are occasional small earthquakes in Israel and the occupied
Palestinian Territory, however in general these pose little risk to
the inhabitants and visitors. The last major earthquake, which
measured an estimated 6.2 on the Richter scale, was in 1927.
The climate is warm all year round.
Additional Country Info
The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that you
obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas
medical costs, including medical evacuation, before travelling to
Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory. You should
check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the
activities you want to undertake.
Travellers should note that the Irish Government does not
provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for
repatriation of remains.
Crime against the person is not generally a problem in either
Israel or the occupied Palestinian Territory. However, visitors
should keep their passports and personal belongings in a safe place
at all times. Particular attention should be paid at tourist sites,
beaches, and in crowded places, when wallets, money and other
valuables should be kept secure, and, out of sight.
Driving in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory is erratic
and there are frequent accidents. Radar speed traps operate on
Israeli roads and fines for speeding are high. Persons caught
speeding may also have their licence confiscated.
It is not safe to hitchhike in Israel or the occupied Palestinian
If you are travelling in the desert, go with others, carry a
sufficient supply of water, take a mobile phone and ensure that
somebody is aware of your itinerary and your expected time of
All travellers are advised to be fully vaccinated against polio.
DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR MISSIONS IN ISRAEL
Contact details for all Irish Missions
(including Honorary Consuls) in Israel are available
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