Palestine Travel Information
Palestine has declared a state of emergency and
imposed a curfew as a result of the covid-19 virus. The
West Bank and Gaza are closed for passage and it is no
longer possible to leave. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
Travelers in Israel and Palestine should familiarize
themselves with the Foreign Travel Advisory Board (see
above), which is regularly evaluated.
It should be noted that the situation in the area is
unstable and that safety conditions can change rapidly.
Travelers are requested to exercise caution
when traveling in the West Bank.
The US peace plan was announced on January 28, and
this has led to protests at various locations in Gaza,
the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Norwegian citizens in
the West Bank and in East Jerusalem are advised to act
cautiously and avoid demonstrations and/or large crowds.
Visitors are also encouraged to keep up to date on
developments through the media and listen to local
authorities' advice and directions.
There are frequent, and sometimes massive, rocket
attacks to and from Gaza. The situation is unpredictable
and can escalate. Such attacks can occur with minimal
opportunity for advance notice. Reference is made to the
Foreign Travel Advisory Board for Palestine (above),
which advises against all travel to or stay in Gaza, and
to travel advice/travel information for Israel.
In Hebron, there has been an increase in clashes and
demonstrations between settlers and the civilian
population. Parts of the Old City of Hebron have been
declared a closed military zone.
There is an increase in demonstrations and
spontaneous protests in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.
In connection with local festivals and political
announcements, riots are expected in and around the Old
City of Jerusalem. This can also mean that the exits
from the Old Town are closed and the opportunities to
leave the area are limited. If such a situation arises,
stores or restaurants can be used as temporary shelters.
In addition, the roads leading to the Old Town will be
closed for periods, and accessibility is limited.
Incidentally, West Bank urban centers are
particularly at risk, checkpoints and Israeli
checkpoints around the West Bank, as well as the Old
City and nearby Palestinian neighborhoods of East
Jerusalem. Violent clashes and escalations cannot be
ruled out. between Palestinians and Israeli security
- Countryaah: East Jerusalem is the capital
of Palestine. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
There is growing unrest as well as military presence
at settlements and checkpoints across the West Bank, and
especially in the areas around Ramallah. The situation
can change very quickly, and travelers in such
situations should leave the place immediately.
Particular caution should be exercised at major
intersections along the main road on the West Bank.
The representative office in Al Ram (Palestine) or
the embassy in Tel Aviv (Israel) can also be contacted
for advice or if assistance is needed.
Under normal conditions most journeys take place
without problems. Crime is relatively low in both Israel
and Palestine. Still, it is important to look after
valuables such as money, passports, jewelry and photo
equipment. If driving a car, care must be taken. The
driving style is sometimes aggressive and the speed
high. Please note in which areas the insurance is valid.
Details of this are available from the rental companies.
Remember to take out travel insurance before
embarking on travel.
Travelers are encouraged to register at
reiseregistrering.no. This will make it easier for
Norwegian authorities to contact Norwegians in the area
in the event of a crisis.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Entry to Palestine: We note the current travel advice
for Palestine (see above).
One cannot travel to Palestine without being
controlled by Israeli authorities. The border between
Egypt and Gaza is in reality closed. The Norwegian
authorities have extremely limited opportunities to
assist the Norwegian consular in Gaza. Reference is made
to travel information about Israel regarding information
about entering Israel.
Travelers who have been allowed to enter Israel can,
when the security situation permits, move relatively
freely in the West Bank. Israeli authorities control
entry to Palestine, and travelers can be denied entry.
There have also been cases where travelers have been
labeled "Palestinian Authority only" in the passport,
which prohibits traffic in Israel and Jerusalem. Israeli
authorities have not made publicly available information
about the policies and procedures applicable to
travelers to Palestine, including employees of
international organizations, students and volunteers.
Transitions in and out of Gaza have been largely
closed since June 2007. Entry from Israeli territory,
through the Erez border crossing, requires special
coordination with Israeli authorities. The entry permit
criteria are very strict, and only persons affiliated
with organizations approved by the Israeli authorities
and who have a clear humanitarian purpose for the visit
will be eligible for entry.
Those wishing to leave Gaza through Israel and Jordan
to fly from Amman must apply for Gaza exit permit and
"Coordination" for the Allenby Bridge border crossing
In addition, they must apply for a "No Objection
Letter" from the Jordanian authorities to travel in
transit through Jordan. In recent times, we have seen
many cases of citizens not being granted such a "No
Objection Letter" and getting stuck in Gaza. The
Norwegian authorities do not have the opportunity to
assist in such cases.
Please note that procedures may change without the
knowledge of the representative office. Applicants are
therefore encouraged to check this information with the
Entry from Egypt, through the Rafah border crossing,
requires coordination with the Egyptian authorities and
the de facto authorities in Gaza. Note that Egypt often
closes the border, sometimes for extended periods.
Norwegian citizens who enter Gaza through Rafah will not
be able to leave Gaza through Erez (Israel). There are
long waiting lists to get coordination out of Gaza
through Rafah. If, despite the Travel Council, one
chooses to enter Gaza through Rafah, considerable delays
will have to be expected upon departure and one cannot
expect departure at the desired time. Over the past
year, we have learned that for some people it has taken
months to leave Gaza via Rafah. Norwegian authorities
have no opportunity to assist with trips via Rafah.
International border crossings between Israel and
- Yitzhak Rabin Terminal/ Wadi al-'Arabah Terminal
in the south (near Eilat)
- Sheikh Hussein Bridge/Jordan River Bridgein the
North (near Beit Shean)
- Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge
When leaving Israel through the Allenby Bridge, a
Jordanian visa must be obtained in advance. The other
border crossings issue visas on the spot. Private cars
cannot cross Allenby, but must cross the north or south
border crossings. Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge is
the only border crossing that can be used by people of
Palestinian origin. This border crossing cannot be used
by Israeli citizens. See the border crossing website for
up-to-date information on procedures, opening hours and
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of how the spread of the
virus is developing in Palestine and how this is
affecting the situation. Travelers are encouraged to
follow the Infection Protection Council prepared by the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health as well as local
Palestinian authorities have imposed temporary
restrictions on travelers, but Israeli authorities are
controlling entry into Palestine. Reference is made to
travel information for Israel regarding information on
entry into and movement restrictions in Israel that have
recently been further tightened.
Palestine has introduced state of emergency and
curfew. This means that hotels in the West Bank do not
receive guests and all tourist destinations and
archaeological sites are closed. Movement restrictions
have been imposed internally between West Bank cities
and between Palestine and Israel. Therefore, it is no
longer possible to travel through Israel or Jordan. The
border between Gaza and Egypt is also closed, as well as
the border with Israel. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs'
travel advice, which discourages all travel to or stay
in Gaza, still applies.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
See health related information for travelers on the
World Health Organization (WHO) website.
Hospitals in Israel generally maintain a high
standard. The price level of health services is higher
than in Norway. Hospitals will demand payment for
treatment and may take legal action to prevent leaving
until the bill is paid. It is therefore recommended to
have insurance taken before departure.
The hospitals in Palestine are of varying standards,
but in most cases it will be possible in a short time to
go to an Israeli hospital.
Travelers can find information on emergency services
and 24-hour pharmacies in Israel in the English-language
newspaper Jerusalem Post and the English edition of
The sanitary conditions are generally very good in
both Israel and Palestine. Eating salads usually does
not cause any problems. Tap water can be drunk in most
places, but the quality can vary.
Palestine has a warm and sunny climate and it is
important to use sunscreen with a sufficiently high sun
factor to protect the skin. It is also important to
drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
The most common western credit and debit cards can be
used in the largest cities in Palestine at restaurants,
shops, etc. and also for withdrawing local currency from
ATMs. It is otherwise recommended to bring cash. Israeli
shekel (NIS) is a viable currency in Palestine. Please
note that taxis in Palestine do not accept credit cards
as a means of payment.
Travelers should always carry a passport, as Israeli
security authorities regularly check identity cards in
Palestine. When traveling on the Israeli-occupied West
Bank, travelers cross military checkpoints, where
passports and valid visas must be presented. Experience
can take a long time to get through some checkpoints.
Travelers who are stopped by Israeli security personnel
upon entering Israel or Palestine or at checkpoints are
advised to contact the Tel Aviv Embassy immediately on
tel. +972 (0) 3744 1490 during office hours
Monday-Friday (08.30-16, Friday to 15) or by phone +972
(0) 5445 81906 outside of office hours.
The official language of Palestine is Arabic, but
many Palestinians also speak English. Friday is the
holiday of Muslims, and most Palestinian stores close
early or are closed all day.
The dates of the national holidays vary in Palestine.
Ramadan is the Moslem fasting period of 30 days that
ends with ´¨©d al-fitr, and the exact dates depend on the
The default time zone for Palestine is GMT +2. In
summer, summer time is introduced and the time zone is
then GMT +3. Palestine is therefore usually one hour
ahead of Norway.
The current is 220 volts. There are good connections
for GSM mobile phones throughout Israel and Palestine.
Emergency telephone numbers in Israel: Police - 100,
ambulance - 101, fire - 102.