Travel to Palestine

Entry and residence regulations

Palestine has no sovereign rights whatsoever with regard to the entry and residence of foreigners. The State of Israel is solely responsible for issuing visas.

Germans and nationals of numerous other countries are usually issued with a three-month tourist visa in the form of a blue DIN A8 slip of paper upon entry, which, like the passport, must always be at hand during the entire stay, as one can be asked for it at any time. When you leave the country there is a pink A8-sized exit ticket.

Upon entry, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned stay.

Only Germans born before 1928 need to apply for a visa. The application form and the declaration to be completed can be found on the Israeli embassy website.

A normal tourist visa can usually only be extended by entering and leaving again.

Annual interns can apply for an annual visa through recognized institutions in West Jerusalem. As a rule, the Federal German diplomatic mission will assist those posted by development cooperation in applying for a visa. Work visas for accompanying spouses are not guaranteed, but possible.

Travel, transportation and traffic in Palestine

The “Palestinian Initiative for Responsible Tourism” (PIRT) has issued a code of conduct for fair tourism in the Holy Land. This network also includes the Alternative Tourism Group based in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, which organizes responsible and fair trips and encounters in Palestine, provides a lot of practical information about Palestine on its website and has published a travel guide about Palestine. Other members include the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem and the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in Beit Sahour. Another network is NEPTO(Network for Experiential Palestinian Tourism Organization), which aims to support local communities with tourism, to preserve cultural heritage, to protect the environment, to convey Palestinian culture and politics to guests, and to meet the local population to enable.

Organized cycling and climbing tours as well as walks through the West Bank are offered, and books with walking routes are also available.

When planning a trip through Palestine, the websites Travel Palestine, Visit Palestine and Welcome to Palestine have a lot of information about the country, travel agencies and hotels ready. On the website Enjoy Bethlehem there is a lot of information about the sights in the administrative district Bethlehem.

Basically, in Palestine and Israel you should never leave the house without a passport. You should be prepared to show it off at all times. You should also always have a charged mobile phone with you so that you can be reached in the event of an incident or to be able to inform you that you will be coming later. It is also advisable to have a bottle of water with you in case the trip takes longer than planned.

Public transport is very cheap in Palestine, but usually only runs until the early evening. If you are in a hurry, this mode of transport is also less recommended. Roadblocks and Israeli controls can result in long journeys for a short distance.

In East Jerusalem there are three large bus stations near the Damascus Gate: one on Nablus Road in front of the Jerusalem Hotel, one between Damascus Gate and Herod’s Gate and a new, third one behind the Damascus Gate the roundabout is on the left. The buses to the north are marked in green and the buses to the south are marked in blue.

When driving in Palestine, it is not enough to have a road map. Only a precise knowledge of the local conditions will bring you to your destination if you want to go somewhere other than Jerusalem to Ramallah or Bethlehem. It is important to find out in advance which streets are blocked by earth walls, concrete blocks, barriers or other barriers, at which checkpoints you have to wait a long time and where you can get through the fastest. Or you can ask people on the street, although knowledge of Arabic is an advantage here.

Red and white stripes on the curb indicate a parking ban in both Palestine and Israel. Red and yellow stripes indicate public transport stops. Blue and white stripes mean that you have to pay to park.

When renting a car, it should be taken into account that a rental car from an Israeli company is not allowed to enter the occupied territories. If you intend to do this, you should take a car from a Palestinian company from East Jerusalem. With this one can move both in Israel and in the occupied territories. Addresses can be found in the PASSIA Diary.

Palestine transportation

Security

The Federal Foreign Office regularly publishes travel and security advice for Palestine. You can and should inform yourself about the current situation and the relevant advice on his website.

A crisis prevention list – the so-called “German list” – is kept at the German representative office in Ramallah. The entry is now password-protected in the online process. The embassy advises making use of this option so that it can quickly contact the Germans living in the country in crisis or other exceptional situations. In the event of an emergency or crisis, the representative office can provide you with current safety recommendations by email or by phone. You can also register for a short stay, e.g. as a tourist or business traveler. This is possible no earlier than 10 days before the start of the stay.

It is generally recommended that you follow media reports on security-related events carefully.