Travel Vaccines and Advice for the Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza give travellers access to the famous Dead Sea and a warm Mediterranean climate.
Much of the West Bank is devoted to growing olives, which are important to the Palestinian economy and culture. About 45% of land in the territories is used for olives.
The Palestinian Territories also have one of the world’s oldest churches, the Church of Nativity.
Do I Need Vaccines for the Palestinian Territories?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for the Palestinian Territories. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for the Palestinian Territories: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies and tetanus.
See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunisations:
- Hepatitis A –
Food & Water –
Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.
- Hepatitis B –
Blood & Body Fluids –
Accelerated schedule available
- Tetanus –
Wounds or Breaks in Skin –
Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.
- Typhoid –
Food & Water –
Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.
- Rabies –
Saliva of Infected Animals –
High risk country. Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
See the tables below for more information:
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for the Palestinian Territories
|VACCINE||HOW DISEASE SPREADS||DETAILS|
|Hepatitis A||Food & Water||Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.|
|Hepatitis B||Blood & Body Fluids||Accelerated schedule available|
|Tetanus||Wounds or Breaks in Skin||Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.|
|Typhoid||Food & Water||Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.|
|Rabies||Saliva of Infected Animals||High risk country. Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.|
Because of the large amount of immigration in the area, be sure you are up-to-date on any routine immunisations.
Do I Need a Visa to Travel to the Palestinian Territories?
There are no entry requirements as such for the Palestinian Territories. Entry is done through Israel.
No visa is required for stays under three months in Israel. Passport validity must be for at least six months to be allowed entry.
An entry card is given at some ports of entry instead of a passport stamp to facilitate travel to regions less friendly to Israel.
Palestinian Territories Entry Requirements
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What is the Climate Like in the Palestinian Territories?
The Palestinian Territories have a Mediterranean climate, expect warm weather. Nights experience a chilly drop every day no matter the season. Summers are usually long and very hot. Winters are short, cold, and wet, with the rainy season between November and April.
Humidity is strong all year round. Khamaseen winds come through Palestine from about April to June and bring dust and sand. In the latter half of the Summer they give a more gentle breeze against the harsh sun.
How Safe are the Palestinian Territories?
General travel safety advice for the Palestinian Territories:
- Be wary of conflicts between Palestinian residents and Israeli security forces. Conflict can break out at anytime and lead to serious problems.
- Petty crime like pickpocketing does occur. Assaults on foreigners happen in some regions as well. Take extra precautions including travelling as part of a group. Avoid travelling at night.
- Careful research how to be safe in the Palestinian Territories and relations with Israel. It is better to cancel a trip then end up in a dangerous environment.
Float on the Dead Sea
A large amount of the Dead Sea borders the West Bank. This salt lake is famous for its saline waters which allow travellers to float without the aid of vests. The Dead Sea is also the lowest body of water in the world. Many of the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun are filtered out leaving calming, gentle light shining through.
Most of the Dead Sea’s water comes from the Jordan River. Over time, the Dead Sea’s water level has been lowering. But, it is still a riveting and beloved spot for tourists and locals alike.
Tourists not only enjoy floating, but also the mineral-rich mud for restorative masks and treatments. The salt crystals and waters themselves are known for their healing properties.
What Should I Pack for the Palestinian Territories?
Think ahead on what to pack by perusing these suggestions:
- Appropriate Clothing – The Palestinian Territories can be hot during the summer. Many religious sites require more covering clothing. Be sure to pack for the time of year and the activities you wish to do. Consider items such as sun cream, scarves, and bathing suits.
- Medical Kit – Be sure to bring a travel first-aid kit for any small injuries that may occur. A traveller’s diarrhoea kit is also recommended.
- Copies of Travel Documents – In case of lost luggage or theft, bringing copies of your passport and visa is a must.
Embassy of the United Kingdom in Israel
If you are in the Palestinian Territories and have an emergency (for example, been attacked, arrested or someone has died) contact the nearest consular services. Contact the embassy before arrival if you have additional questions on entry requirements, safety concerns or are in need of assistance.
Consular services for the region are handled by the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel:
British Embassy Tel Aviv
192 Hayarkon Street
6340502 Tel Aviv
Telephone: +972 (0)3 725 1222
Emergency Phone: +972 (0)3 725 1222
Fax: +972 (0)3 524 9176
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