Authorities declare a state of emergency and bar entry of foreigners to the Palestinian Territories for two weeks starting March 5.
Severity: Warning Alert
This alert began 05 Mar 2020 22:55 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Event: Travel restrictions
- Location(s): Territory-wide (map)
- Time Frame: March 5- April 3
- Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a 30-day state of emergency March 5 throughout the Palestinian Territories. Authorities also announced a two-week ban on entry into the territories by tourists and have barred hotels throughout the West Bank from receiving foreigners. Educational institutions, places of worship, and holy sites, including Bethlehem's Church of Nativity, have closed. Authorities have also canceled major sporting events and other large gatherings. The measures follow the confirmation of at least seven cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry, March 5.
The restrictions are due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province.
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone travel to the Palestinian Territories. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.
Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.