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Jerusalem
Travel Planning
Jerusalem

Jerusalem at a Glance

Time stands still when you view Jerusalem's ancient old city. It's hard to believe that humans have been building here for more than 3,000 years, but digging deep into the city's underground archaeologists have found remains of cities built on cities. In some places, you can view these layers, too, and it just makes the buildings that remain above ground all the more fascinating.

Jerusalem is holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians and certain sites are hotly contested. When you enter the old city, you'll see outpourings of religious emotion as pilgrims experience sacred grounds, but stay there a bit longer and you'll also notice tensions. This mix of religious fervor and simmering territorial disputes are what help make Jerusalem the city it is today. 

Jerusalem's old city is a wonderful place to get lost in beyond the marked religious sites. Wander dark alleys, discover open plazas, watch people living here as they have for ages. For even more exploration, cross over into the new city and discover the energy that students, religion and history have given to the city. 

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October - April
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      • Major Airport Ben Gurion International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to Israel must have a valid passport with at least one page available for stamping. Tourists purchase a visa in the airport upon landing in Israel. Travel to the West Bank and to Gaza can be difficult and is only legal through certain access points. Physical searches and long detainment are possible when traveling in contested areas. American citizens can learn more about travel requirements through the U.S. State Department's website. 

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      Severe Weather: It can get chilly in Israel during the winter months and the coastal cities may see snow flurries. Summertime is quite hot and muggy so it's a good idea to protect yourself from the heat.

      Safety Concerns The U.S., the U.K. and other nations have travel alerts posted for portions of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. American citizens can check the U.S. State Department's website to get travel alert updates. When traveling, be respectful of religious sites and dress appropriately. Visitors should be wary of theft. 

      Health Concerns Israel can be very hot so it is wise to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and to keep well hydrated.