How Safe Is Jerusalem for Travel?

Jerusalem, Israel
Safety Index:
61

Jerusalem is the claimed capital city of both Israel and Palestine, even though nearly all foreign embassies to Israel are located in Tel Aviv, which is why everyone considers it to be the actual capital of Israel.

Jerusalem is not very large.

It is the largest city in Israel, but you can cross all of it by foot in three hours or by car in fifteen minutes (without traffic).

The real city center for all Jerusalemites is, of course, the Old Town, which is a very religious and touristic place, heavily guarded by the border police, and very beautiful to visit.

Warnings & Dangers in Jerusalem

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Jerusalem is a safe tourist city to travel to, 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 and watch out for pickpockets!

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

It is recommended that you remain vigilant when using public transport since it was known to be targeted by terrorist groups. Try to avoid public transport during rush hours since it can get crowded and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpockets are especially a problem in a city like Jerusalem since it's a destination highly 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

Jerusalem is located in a seismically active area. In 1834 it suffered a major earthquake that included the collapse of part of the city wall near the Dome of the Rock

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

It is not likely you will get mugged in Jerusalem. Crime rates are very low, and violent crime against tourists is highly unlikely. The truth is that the streets of Jerusalem are safer than most cities in Europe or the US.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Acts of terrorism are said to be likely in Jerusalem, but the residents of the city insist that they're very rare and that a smaller number of people are killed in these terrorist attacks than in car crashes throughout the year.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

The risk of getting scammed in Jerusalem 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

Jerusalem is 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 Jerusalem Really?

Jerusalem is, for the most part, very safe to visit, but as in any city, you need to be aware of where you are and who is around you.

Most tourists that plan on traveling to Jerusalem are wondering about the possibility of terrorist attacks: the reality is that you are very unlikely to witness or be caught in anything like that.

Even if you tour the city with a tour guide, you will not be taken anywhere even remotely questionable.

In terms of street crime, the streets of Jerusalem (and almost all of Israel) are safer than most city streets in the US.

Females who do not know where they are going should wear tops that cover at least the elbow, and not skin-tight trousers that cover the ankle.

Like pretty much anywhere in the world, it is wise to lock your car when it is parked.

It is also wise to dress modestly when entering Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

Otherwise, you risk a verbal attack and occasionally getting spit on.

Like pretty much anywhere, it’s a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and to conduct yourself with respect.

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, contact your local Israeli embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Israeli new shekel is the official currency of Jerusalem. 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 city.
  • Weather - The weather in Jerusalem is characterized by hot and sunny summers, and long sunny spells, with clear skies from May to September. January is the coldest month of the year, with an average temperature of 9.1 °C.
  • Airports - Atarot Airport, the main airport in Jerusalem, located between Jerusalem and Ramallah, is currently not in use. The closest one to Jerusalem is Ben Gurion International Airport, the busiest, and the main international airport in Israel.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Jerusalem since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Jerusalem Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 8° C
Feb 9° C
Mar 12° C
Apr 16° C
May 19° C
Jun 22° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 23° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 19° C
Nov 15° C
Dec 10° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
121316212527292928241914
Low
°C
45710131617171614106
High
°F
545561707781848482756657
Low
°F
394145505561636361575043

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2 Reviews on Jerusalem

  1. M
    Marcelinemulwa says:

    Looking forward to touring in the near future

    Looking forward to touring in the near future.

  2. very safe city, especially in the jewish neighborhoods

    I studied in Israel in the early 2000. I lived in an orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, and felt extremely safe. Not only did I not have to worry about getting robbed, but if any object/item was found in the street, people would put signs on the spot, telling people what they found and how to contact the person, to get it back. Little kids walk around freely on the streets, and I was frequently asked by young kids to help them cross the street. Unfortunately the only time I had my cel phone stolen was when I went to Tel Aviv, which is not an orthodox area, and has a much bigger mix of ethnicities. At that time, Israel still hadn’t installed all the security walls, so there were a number of terrorist attacks during my stay (mainly in buses). Nowadays, that is much more infrequent, since palestinians have to go through security checks before they enter Israeli territory, which makes it more difficult to smuggle weapons for attacks. Being jewish, I definitely avoided the arab parts of the city (I once passed there by bus, and our bus got stoned by kids). Other than that, I felt much safer there than I do in Sao Paulo, where I live

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