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The Dead Sea is one of the most visited sites in Israel.
One of the reasons why so many people want to visit the Dead Sea is the fact that it is the lowest place on earth at 431m below sea level, rich with healing mineral waters, the air full of oxygen, rare animals and world-class historical sites.
The Dead Sea is a place popular with both Israeli’s who are searching for a few days of relaxation, as well as all the people around the world who want to take advantage of the medical properties of the water.
Warnings & Dangers in Dead Sea
OVERALL RISK : HIGH
In general, it can be said that there is a potential risk of terrorism in the areas visited by tourists and that you can easily be robbed there. Pay special attention to your passport and never leave it out of your control.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
You should know that traveling around this region of the country is not so simple and that you might have some trouble due to not so frequent busses, but your safety will not be affected.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
There is a high risk of valuables being stolen from you, especially in public transport and other crowded public places. Be careful at the beach and never leave your belongings alone.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
During extreme weather conditions, roads can flood and as it is in the desert, heatstrokes are frequent, so you should be ready for the possibility of extreme heat.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
In the majority of cases, visits of the Dead Sea are trouble-free, but you should be aware that the theft of passports, credit cards, and valuables from public places is common and you should take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
Terrorists are very likely to carry out attacks in Israel and the attacks can happen in places frequented by foreigners, and on public transport so usually travelers are warned against traveling there as many visitors have been killed and wounded in attacks in recent years.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
The possibility of being scammed is not so frequent, but you are suggested not to use taxis.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women here can feel quite trouble-free as there were no incidents related to the crimes against women.
So... How Safe Is Dead Sea Really?
Even though many travelers decide to visit the Dead Sea and enjoy its beauties, without worrying about their safety, there are also many people who believe that Israel is not a safe destination.
The political situation there is complicated, but you can still travel safely.
Just as in any other city, no one can guarantee that nothing will happen.
You will have to act wisely so as to minimize unnecessary risks and the first thing you should do is stay away from violent demonstrations if you run into them.
People here do not like taking photos of them and in order not to attract attention, you should not raise a lot of noise.
Travelers need to be aware of the continuing risks of travel to Israel due to the security situation and heightened tensions there.
Our suggestion is to take a route that does not go through the West Bank when traveling there, being that those areas in dispute can make you feel unsafe.
All in all, it is quite safe to travel around the Dead Sea besides all the unfortunate events that are happening in Israel.
- Visas - All persons seeking to enter or depart Israel are subject to immigration and security screening. The Israeli Ministry of Interior can deny entry into the country of some foreign nationals. You do not need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist.
- Currency - Israel currency is called the ‘shekel’ and shekels are abbreviated as either ILS or NIS. Make sure to find a licensed exchange bureau or banks with ATMs if you want to exchange your money.
- Weather - As it is in the desert, in the summer the temperature rises up to 40ºc and sometimes can be even 48ºc. The winters are relatively warm. The humidity of the air hardly exceeds 40%.
- Airports - Getting to the Dead Sea by airplane is possible via Queen Alia International Airport in Amman or Ben Gurion Airport in Jerusalem and then you can take the bus or rent a car to the Dead Sea.
- Travel Insurance - Wherever in the world, you decide to travel, travel insurance is a must. You are highly suggested to get insurance prior to start your journey to Israel.
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