How Safe Is Israel for Travel?

Israel
Safety Index:
60

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Israel is a small Middle Eastern country located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea at the Gulf of Eilat.

Israel shares its borders with Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the southwest, with Jordan to the east, and Syria and Lebanon to the north.

After World War II, Israel was established as a state for the Jewish people and considered a part of the Holy Land (along with Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Territories).

Another reason why this country is so important from a historical and cultural aspect is the fact that three major religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — all have historical connections to the region.

Tourists can immerse themselves in a number of different activities, since Israel varies significantly in geography from region to region, with landscapes of mountains, valleys and deserts and of course an amazing coastline, with everything else in between.

Each area of Israel has its own tourist attractions and its unique beauty, though the areas of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are definitely the most popular and most frequented by tourists.

Warnings & Dangers in Israel

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Israel is overall safe to travel to, with considerably low crime rates where tourists are free to explore without having to worry about street crime. However, it is advised that you remain vigilant at all times, especially on public transport since Palestinian terrorist groups have been known to target buses and bus-stops.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

It is recommended that you remain vigilant when using public transport since it is often the target of terrorist groups. Try to avoid public transport during rush hours and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpockets are a problem like in the majority of destinations frequented by tourists. Be careful, keep your eyes open in public, crowded areas such as train stations and airports, and keep your valuables close by your side.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Israel is located in a seismically active area. Apart from that, you can expect sand storms and occasional floods.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

It is not likely you will get mugged in Israel. Crime rates are very low, and violent crime against tourists is highly unlikely. Still, be careful near the borders with Syria, Lebanon or Egypt, since there's a risk of being kidnapped in those areas.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Acts of terrorism are very likely in Israel. Avoid at all costs the areas near the borders with Lebanon, Syria or Egypt.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

The risk of getting scammed in Israel is pretty low, though you should still negotiate everything in advance, double check your change and never pay anything upfront.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Israel is definitely safe for women traveling solo. Just use your common sense and have your wits with you. Avoid poorly lit and deserted areas at night and finding yourself in places filled with drunken people.

So... How Safe Is Israel Really?

Traveling to Israel is relatively safe, of course, when there is no danger of encountering riots and fights between Israel and Palestinian militants, and this is also your biggest worry if you’re planning on visiting Israel.

Bear in mind that public transport is somewhat dangerous since buses and bus-stops have been targeted by Palestinian terrorist groups since the early 1990s.

However, it isn’t likely that you’ll be involved in an attack, so this shouldn’t pose a great danger to tourist, but you should be wary when using public transportation in Israel.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously, notify the authorities immediately, and never leave your bags or backpacks unattended as they might cause panic since people may suspect a bomb is inside.

As for other forms of crime, Israel is very safe to travel to, it even has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and is much safer, in terms of street crime, than other top destinations in Europe.

Crimes such as mugging and violence happen rarely and even more so towards tourists, so you are safe to walk at night.

You should still take precaution measures, especially if you are a single woman traveling alone, and you should be careful late at night as you would be in your own country but the risks are much lower than in Europe or America.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Many countries, including all U.S, Australian, European and Canadian visitors do not need a visa for stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that, you might need to acquire a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Israeli new shekel is the official currency of Israel. Be wary of people trying to pass off the old version of a shekel as the new one: the old ones do not have any value. ATMs are widely available, except near the borders with Jordan and Egypt and credit cards accepted throughout the country.
  • Weather - The weather in Israel is characterized by hot and sunny summers, and long sunny spells, with clear skies from May to September. In places where there is precipitation, rain is expected from November to March. The west coast of Israel has a Mediterranean climate, with very mild and rainy winters, and hot and sunny summers.
  • Airports - Ben Gurion International Airport, sometimes knows as just Ben Gurion Airport or Natbag is the busiest, and the main international airport of Israel. It is located 19 km southeast of Tel Aviv, the main municipal city of this country.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Israel since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Israel Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 10° C
Feb 11° C
Mar 13° C
Apr 17° C
May 21° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 25° C
Aug 25° C
Sep 24° C
Oct 21° C
Nov 16° C
Dec 11° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

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121417222528293028251914
Low
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77912161820201917138
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545763727782848682776657
Low
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454548546164686866635546

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4 Reviews on Israel

  1. Best!

    Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel and only Israel! great country.

    1. Not really

      Jerusalem is shared by Arabs and Jews. Israeli aggression and settlement policy is intentionally working to extract Arabs.

  2. Misleading review and rating

    I think this description and low rating is really exaggerated, we have not had any bus attacks in years. Pick pocketing is super rare with the exception of leaving your smartphone or wallet exposed and unguarded. Sandstorms??? I don’t think so! this is not the Sahara desert, whoever wrote this this does not know what they are talking about. We do get floods occasionally during winter season, mainly in the south, you just need to watch where you are driving.

    I would say there are three things to worry about if you are traveling to Israel, getting ripped off or scammed because you are a tourist, happens on taxi rides or any tourist attraction-just ask for the price before hand and haggle when needed. Terror attacks targeting tourists are superrrr rare, but if it’s your day to go…
    I would be a bit more concerned about young ladies drinking too much and getting themselves into trouble, and even that is not that common. All in all Israel is one of the safest places I know. It’s as safe as most countries in Europe.

  3. Welcoming and very safe country!!

    Great experience and super safe… I traveled all over and was in the Golan over looking Lebanon and Syria. Tel aviv and Jerusalem both fantastic in their own way. Major real estate development and the level of tech/med innovation is amazing.

    I did not travel very south, but did go to the Dead Sea and Masada. The tour bus did use the highway that crossed into the “West Bank” from the North into Jerusalem.

    I felt totally safe and at home at all times. This was my (and Wife’s) first trip to the Holy land!!

    Go visit!!!

Rated 4.5 / 5 based on 4 user reviews.

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