Arkia flight to bring workers from Malawi, Africa, to Israel, 25.11.23/Photo: Arkia
The National Security Council (NSC) today published recommendations on the conduct of Israelis abroad at this time, while clarifying the threat to a number of countries, while adjusting the level of travel warning to the current threat. As part of this, it was decided to adjust the level of travel warning in dozens of countries around the world. Full details on the NSC website.Many
countries in Western Europe (including Britain, France and Germany); in South America (including Brazil and Argentina); Australia and Russia have also been placed on a Level 2 travel warning – a recommendation to take increased precautions.
In addition, several countries in Africa (including South Africa and Eritrea); And countries in Central Asia (including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) have been placed on a Level 3 travel warning – a recommendation to consider non-essential travel.
Heat Map Travel Warning Level in Different Countries for Current Threat/Official Website, National Security Council
At the same time, several countries have raised their travel warning to Level 4, the highest: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sudan, joining other countries and regions with a travel warning level of 4, including the Caucasus region and northern India.
The NSC said that "since the outbreak of the Iron Swords War, there have been increased efforts by Iran and its proxies, as well as by Hamas and global jihad elements, to attack Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. This is in addition to an ongoing and significant increase in incitement, attempts to harm and widespread manifestations of anti-Semitism in many countries.
"Therefore, the NSC reiterates its recommendation to consider the necessity of travel at this time. For the public going abroad, it is recommended to choose its destinations in an informed manner, while taking the recommended precautions, at any destination, and to consider its conduct in light of the recommendations detailed on the website.
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A senior NSC official said that the level of potential threat in countries, especially ahead of Chanukah, is higher. "What we've done over the past month in the intelligence community and in the security establishment, we've gone country by country, and in fact what we're currently doing is translating the general message to the public and mapping the whole world as accurately as we can," he explained.
"In the end, a travel warning stems from a mix of threat level, the ability of the local security services to function and the relationship with us," he continues. "We've reflected travel warnings all over the world, but still most countries in the world, and certainly if I look at Europe, it's quite unusual that we issue travel warnings. We raised it to level 2, which doesn't tell Israelis 'don't go,' it says there is a need to be more vigilant than usual right now. At the moment, at this time, the combination of the existing circumstances, with the existing efforts of the PFA, combined with the war that fuels both the motivation of organized PFLP and local events – all these create a mix that we eventually adapted."
He emphasizes that this is not a total avoidance of travel to destinations. "We say that every Israeli who wants to travel will examine where he wants to go, and will begin to check the level of travel warning, what recommendations there are, will also check updates against events and happenings on the ground. In any case, take the personal steps required of every Israeli, certainly at this time. We're not saying, 'Don't go anywhere,' but just check where you're going and take precautions that we recommend even more."
NSC recommendations for those flying abroad:
- Postpone travel to countries with travel warnings, with an emphasis on Arab countries and the Middle East, the North Caucasus, countries surrounding Iran and a number of Muslim countries in Asia.
- Check the state of protests and manifestations of violence against Israel at the chosen destination, even in countries without a travel warning.
- Stay away from demonstrations and protests.
- Stay alert while at your destination, and pay attention to what's going on around you.
- Avoid externalizing Israeli and Jewish symbols, and from large gatherings of Israeli and Jewish elements.
- Find out in advance the telephone numbers of the emergency services at the chosen destination and of the local Israeli representative office, if it exists at the destination.
- More on the subject:
- National Security Council
- Travel Warning
- Gaza War
- Iron Sword War