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The Palestinian Territories, which includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, is a developing nation in the lower half of the world's economies. Located in the Middle East (east of the Mediterranean Sea and west of Jordan), the climate is classified as predominantly dry (semi arid).
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)No statement given.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
High risk exists throughout the Palestinian Territories, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Other Food-Borne Illnesses
Precautions to prevent brucellosis may be needed.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
Additional concerns include snakebites.
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
Consular Travel Advice
Due to military conflict, U.S. (DOS), Canada (GAC), and Australia (DFAT) advise avoiding travel to the Gaza Strip and advise reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) to the West Bank. U.K. (FCO) has a more limited warning.
High risk of attack by domestic and transnational terrorist groups exists throughout the Palestinian Territories. Targets may include public places and events, including those frequented by tourists; and transportation systems.
Negligible risk of violent crime exists throughout the Palestinian Territories.
Risk of petty crime exists throughout the Palestinian Territories, especially on beaches, in national parks, and in other areas frequented by tourists. Theft of valuables from unattended vehicles is common.
Kidnappings by criminal groups occur throughout the Palestinian Territories, especially in the Gaza Strip. Targets may include foreigners (especially Westerners), journalists, missionaries, and aid workers.
Scams involving pirated merchandise and charging exorbitant fees for products have been reported.
Protests and demonstrations frequently occur throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (particularly after Friday prayers) and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities. Disruption to transportation, free movement, or the ability to carry out daily activities may occur.
Armed conflict may occur throughout the Palestinian Territories, including in and around Jerusalem and the cities of Jericho and Hebron.
A dangerous security environment exists throughout the Palestinian Territories, especially in areas bordering Israel, in areas near refugee camps in the West Bank, and in the cities of Jenin, Nablus, and Hebron.
Military presence exists throughout the Palestinian Territories.
Border crossings may be restricted in the Gaza Strip.
Desert excursions should only be undertaken with organized groups and experienced guides. Participants should inform someone not on the tour of their itinerary and anticipated return time. An adequate supply of food and water for extended unforeseen delays is essential.
Low risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road-traffic death rate is less than 7 per 100,000 population, the lowest risk category.
Traffic flows on the right-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
Taxis are unsafe. Use a privately hired driver.
Sandstorms and dust storms frequently occur.
Seasonal flooding occurs, especially in the Judean hills.
Seismic activity frequently occurs.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Palestinian Territories
- United States: [+972] 2-622-7230; jru.usconsulate.gov
- Canada: [+972] 2-297-8430; www.canadainternational.gc.ca/west_bank_gaza-cisjordanie_bande_de_gaza
- United Kingdom: [+972] 02-532-2368; www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-jerusalem
- Australia: [+972] 2-242-7710; ramallah.mission.gov.au
Palestinian Territories Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: plodelegation.us
- In Canada: palgd.ca
- In the U.K.: palmissionuk.org
- In Australia: www.palestine-australia.com
HIV and hepatitis testing are required to obtain a work or residence visa.