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 consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.
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
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).