If you are thinking about going to the Holy Land, but have concerns about safety, there is no need to worry. We get these questions all of the time and can put your mind at ease.
1) IS IT SAFE TO VISIT THE HOLY LAND?
Definitely! Israel has received more than 3.5 million visitors in the last year. If traveling was unsafe, we wouldn’t take our pilgrims to the Holy Land.
2) ARE THERE ANY REGIONS THAT ARE NOT SAFE TO VISIT?
All of the areas we will be visiting are safe for tourists to visit. We also hire tour guides that are from the area and very familiar with needed safety measures.
4) ISN’T BETHLEHEM SURROUNDED BY A WALL?
Unfortunately, yes. A wall has been built around sections of Jerusalem that are considered the suburbs of Bethlehem, and tourists are able to move in and out of the city around the clock. You may be occasionally stopped by a soldier or have them ask to see your passport. This is all protocol and is similar to many other parts of the world.
3) I HAVE READ THAT SECURITY AT THE ISRAELI AIRPORT IN TEL AVIV IS THE STRICTEST IN THE WORLD. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
Security at the airport in Tel Aviv is very thorough, but also efficient and professional. Tourism is an important source of income for Israel, so the security is trained to get pilgrimage groups through quickly and efficiently. There may be a few individuals who will be asked a few questions about their travels to the Holy Land, but there is no cause for concern. These are routine questions that are often asked at random. With any international travel, it can be tedious but it is very manageable.
4) IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WOULD MAKE TRAVELLING TO ISRAEL DIFFERENT FOR MY PACKING LIST THAN ANOTHER COUNTRY?
You’re packing list is only dependent on the weather and you would pack as you would for any other international flight. Check for airport restrictions and make sure none of these items are in your carry-on or that they are in the appropriate bag.
5) WHILE I AM IN THE HOLY LAND, ARE THERE ANY CONSIDERATIONS I SHOULD HAVE CONCERNING SAFETY?
While in the Holy Land your tour guide will be able to address any concerns you may have. The most pressing being when and where to carry your passport, and places that you simply need to be more aware of your own belongings. As long as you use common sense and listen to your tour guide you will be very safe.