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"It's dangerous now - it really..." Israel Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Sheri_Z

Israel Warnings and Dangers: 85 reviews and 58 photos

It's dangerous now - it really is. But not everwhere in the country.

I just edited this tip so that travelers leaving Israel would be advised that security at the Tel Aviv airport is now so difficult for any travelers with Arab names or who seem suspicious (i.e. not Israelis) that you MUST plan on lots of extra time. Now, they will remove all electrical items from your suitcase - hairdryer, laptop, etc. If you have anything unusual with you -- even a CD player or a VCR - you might not get it back in time for your flight. Mine was returned by mail -- broken.

Also, they take every single item out of your suitcases. Ask if YOU can repack. What they took from me was a piece of gold jewelery that was one of my engagement tokens, because it is decorated with a surah from the Quran. It was not returned -- it's just gone.

DO bring official letters to explain what you were doing in Israel because they will HASSLE you now.

It is best to have 2 passports if you plan to travel to Arab countries or have their visas in your passport. The Israelis will stamp on paper, but they immediately turn you over for extra questions when you ask for this service. They will also claim that you have overstayed your visit unless you have proof of yr. entry w/i 3 months.
Keep all those little slips of paper!
If you have the name of Israeli contacts or numbers or official letters ready, this is good in case they detain you for more questioning.

If you are planning to come right now - in the next few weeks & wanted to go the West Bank - don't go unless you check very carefully, or you are a journalist-

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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