Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Israel. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

Individuals should take sensible precautions and ensure that travel documentation, including passports and any necessary visas, for themselves and their dependents are valid and up-to-date.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers register your travel and contact details, before travelling, on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.

Security

Prior to travel, the online DFAT travel advisory should be consulted.

Despite occasional armed conflicts and security incidents, Israel is relatively safe. Security measures are very visible and armed soldiers/guards in urban areas are a very common sight.

Be aware that security checks are common at all public facilities such as shopping malls, restaurants and parking lots. please keep in mind that security checks can be quite stringent and at times, intrusive.

Security measures when flying into and out of Israel are especially strict. Extra time should be allotted for this (e.g. arrival to the airport three hours prior to departure time).