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West Bank-Gaza Strip

Risk Ratings  

    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for West Bank-Gaza Strip
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for West Bank-Gaza Strip

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry Restrictions
The Palestinian Authority has restricted all foreigners from entering areas of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority Control.

Palestinians working in Israel are prohibited from daily commuting to their homes in the West Bank. Arab Israelis or Palestinians living in Israel are prohibited from visiting the West Bank.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
All travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Those who hold vaccination certificates or recovery certificates do not need to have PCR tests before entering Gaza.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
Travel in and out of Gaza is only permitted for urgent humanitarian cases and exceptions are required to quarantine for a period of 21 days.
(Until further notice)
Palestinians working in West Bank Israeli settlements are no longer permitted to enter these settlements.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticMovement between all governorates, including Quds governorate, is prohibited, with the exemptions of medical teams, education ministry personnel and essential retailers.
All movement is prohibited on Fridays. A curfew is in force from 20.00 until 06.00. Pharmacies and bakeries will remain open.
Israeli Arabs from Green Line will be prevented from entering all governorates.
The movement of workers to and from the Palestinian Territories is prohibited. All workers are required to stay overnight in their workplaces and do all necessary medical examinations prior to their return.
Prayers in mosques and churches must follow special protocols. All weddings, funerals and gatherings continue to be prohibited.
(Ends 2 July 2021)
In the West Bank, a state of emergency is in place until at least 2 July. Travel is restricted to essential reason only. All city neighbourhoods, villages and refugee camps where COVID-19 cases are reported will be placed under local lockdowns.
On Fridays, a full lockdown is in place, non-essential businesses must close and all non-essential movement is restricted. Pharmacies and bakeries will remain open. A curfew is in force across the West Bank on all other days from 20.00 to 06.00. Funerals, festivals and weddings are prohibited, while venues for entertainment, sports and education are closed. Working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank is prohibited.
(Ends 2 July 2021)
In the Gaza strip, a curfew is enforced between 21.00 and 06.00. A 24-hour curfew is in place every week from 18.30 on Thursdays until 07.00 on Sundays.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Palestinian Territories

COVID-19 information for Palestinian Territories

Dedicated COVID-19 website


The principal risk associated with travel to the West Bank arises from the travel security and logistics implications linked to an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) security operation and the potential for associated unrest and movement restrictions. Demonstrations and associated clashes between Palestinians and the IDF over various issues occur daily, most often in areas than business travellers are unlikely to visit, often without much or any prior warning. Any localised outbreak of unrest is liable to result in traffic restrictions, including road closures and sometimes temporary, short-notice closures of border checkpoints, meaning that road travel should only be undertaken with a trusted local driver who is aware of ongoing and emerging security developments and able to navigate the local road network.

The security environment in Gaza is unstable due the risk of conflict with Israel and internal disputes. There is a persistent risk of IDF airstrikes in Gaza. Most recently, Israel launched a heavy and intense air and ground offensive against Gaza in May 2019. Given the territory's high population density and residential build-up, airstrikes, while intended to target suspected militant facilities and personnel, often affect civilian infrastructure.


Vaccinations For West Bank-Gaza Strip
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

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