Travel Update 10-2023
Israel conflict October 2023
There’s a large-scale conflict happening in areas of southern Israel close to the border with Gaza. If you’re currently in Israel or have plans to visit, here is what you need to know.
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). Avoid travelling to areas including:
- The Sheba'a Farms and Ghajjar
- Anywhere within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the "Blue Line") east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town
- 500m from the border with Syria (the "Alpha Line")
- The area close to the border with Gaza that includes the following:
- Southwest of Ashkelon
- South of route 35 and west of route 40 as far as Tlalim, not including Be'er Sheva
- West of Be'er Sheva
- North of route 211
Find out more about affected areas by visiting gov.uk.
The Israeli government has declared a state of emergency across the whole country. International borders (air and land) in Israel and the OPTs could close at short notice. You should check with your airlines and travel insurers before travelling. If you're affected, you're advised to consult Israeli Home Front Command for more information or call 104 if you're in Israel.
If you're a British national and need help from the consulate, call the following numbers: +972 (0)3 725 1222 or +972 (2) 5414100. If you can’t get through to these numbers or are currently in the UK call +44 20 7008 5000.
If you're a British National in Israel or the OPTs, please register your presence and update your contact information. You should fill in this form for every member of your family who is a British National, in Israel. You’ll then receive updates about travel advice to Israel.