What to know about travel safety as the Israel-Hamas war continues
Travelers planning to visit Israel in the midst of the Israel-Hamas war should exercise caution and research the area(s) for any potential security risks before setting out. Tourists should monitor official government warnings and regional news outlets to ensure that they remain informed of the latest developments of the conflict. It may be advisable to avoid traveling to certain areas known to have been the targets of military strikes.
Additionally, the U.S. State Department encourages travelers to register their trip with the SmartTraveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The STEP program allows travelers to obtain important updates about safety and security warnings, and grants them access to emergency assistance in case they find themselves in danger.
In terms of personal safety, travelers should maintain a heightened level of awareness in all public places, and remain vigilant and alert of their surroundings. It is also advised to avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and to only use licensed taxis or ride-sharing services. Similarly, tourists should obey all curfew warnings set by local authorities.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the conflict, travelers should continue to monitor the situation, and consider postponing their trip if necessary.