Tourism is very important to the economies of both Israel and the Palestinian Territories within the West Bank. Neither of the Israeli and Palestinian Tourism ministries would encourage tourists to visit the region if they felt there would be any danger.
Israelis have a culture of vigilance in security matters that is more entrenched than in the U.S., but the tourist generally does not feel security forces except for at the airport arrival and departure, as well as border crossings.
Your tour guide will make sure that your safety is at the top of his or her attention at all times. In the event that there is a security conflict, Living Bible Travel knows — from our experience — that tourists continue with their tours, albeit with certain itinerary changes depending on the exact situation. In such cases, your tour guide would be in daily contact with Security and revise or reroute an itinerary in order to ensure a safe and wonderful experience.
Government issued travel warnings to the region are intended to remind tourists to keep abreast of their surroundings. The U.S. State Department occasionally issues travel advisories, but the threats are usually limited to certain areas. The most recent travel update can be found on the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Advisory Council (OSAC) website.
For the latest local news, check the online English-language newspapers:
- Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper (http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news)
- Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com)
- The Times of Israel (timesofisrael.com)
A good travel insurance policy should give you piece of mind, however if you become ill or injured, your tour guide will arrange for you to see the appropriate medical services. Hospitals and clinics are conveniently located around the country. No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Our Commitment To You
On a more personal note, be assured that Living Bible Travel is committed to putting your safety first. All of our tours are designed to eliminate visits to sites on any day where tensions can be high. Your tour guides check to ensure that the sites in our programs can be safely accessed. If we need to revise our schedule we can respond immediately, and reroute any program should the need arise. Your security is of the utmost importance to us. If you have any questions or concerns about anything on your itinerary, please let us know. We will do everything we can to provide you with an enriching, safe and memorable trip.