Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2016

Don’t travel to Bethlehem: US State Department warns Americans

bethlehemTourists had been traveling between Israel and the Palestine territory to visit Jesus birthplace Bethlehem without major problems. This has now changed and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem advises U.S. citizens to defer travel to Bethlehem and surrounding communities until further notice due to ongoing clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian residents, and security incidents in and around Bethlehem.

The Consulate General recommends U.S. citizens review the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza issued on December 16, 2015 for additional guidance on the security environment