Ahead of the upcoming holidays (24 September-17 October), the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau offers the following updated travel warnings.

There is – at this time – an increasing potential threat as a result of the recent Operation Protective Edge during which there were many demonstrations at Israeli embassies and consulates around the world. There has also been an increase in anti-Semitic incidents. These trends are likely to continue during the holiday period.

In the wake of the 4 May terrorist attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels, there is concern over additional attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, especially in Western Europe, by global jihad elements (including ISIS), specifically by fighters returning home from Syria and Iraq.

The global terrorist campaign by Iran and Hezbollah continues to threaten Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, especially "soft" targets, i.e. tourists and Jewish symbols (rabbis, community leaders, Chabad houses).

Please note that a severe travel warning remains in effect for the Sinai Peninsula (see below).

Countries

It is unlawful for Israelis to travel to Syria, Iraq (including Iraqi Kurdistan), Iran, Lebanon, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

There are very high concrete threats regarding travel to the aforesaid countries as well as Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan and Somalia. It is recommended that the public avoid all visits to these countries. Any Israelis present in these countries are advised to leave immediately.

There are high concrete threats regarding travel to Algeria, Burkina-Faso, Djibouti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Pakistan, Togo and Tunisia. It is recommended that the public avoid visits to these countries. Any Israelis present in these countries are advised to leave as soon as possible.

There are basic concrete threats regarding travel to Bahrain, Egypt (see below for Sinai), Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. It is recommended that the public avoid visiting these countries.

There are continuing potential threats regarding travel to Azerbaijan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman and Turkey. It is recommended that the public avoid non-essential visits to these countries.

Regions

There are very high concrete threats regarding travel to southern Thailand (from the Krabi-Thammarat line to the Malaysian border), the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, Chechnya (in Russia), the northern India state of Jammu and Kashmir (except for the Ladakh area), the Sinai peninsula and northern Nigeria (above 10 degrees north latitude). It is recommended that the public avoid visits to these regions. Any Israelis present in these regions are advised to leave as soon as possible.

There is a high concrete threat regarding travel to eastern Senegal. It is recommended that the public avoid visiting this region. Any Israelis present in this region are advised to leave as soon as possible.

There is a basic concrete threat regarding travel to Kenya (Nairobi and the coastal strip). It is recommended that the public avoid visiting these areas.

Travelers and tourists are called upon to exercise due caution at all times.

 

 

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