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Emergency Messages

Travel to Israel and Palestine


In November 2023, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) raised the Travel Advisory for Israel and the West Bank to a Level 3: Reconsider Travel. (Gaza has always been a Level 4: Do Not Travel). Applications to Global Learning Office programs (undergraduate study abroad) in Israel are closed for the 2024-25 school year.

Other potential travelers should be aware that security conditions remain unpredictable. Air raid sirens are periodically heard in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, requiring citizens and visitors to proceed to bomb shelters until receipt of an “all clear” message. Other changes in the security environment may result in the need to shelter-in-place or adjust internal travel plans, sometimes at the last minute. As a result, we recommend postponing travel to Israel and the West Bank until further notice, although exceptions may apply for short-term, mission-critical research-related travel. Contact us to discuss.

 Any Northwestern traveler(s), including faculty and staff, intent on pursuing trips to Israel or the West bank must receive confirmation of coverage for a non-medical evacuation from our assistance provider. See our Evacuation page for more information. OGSS can assist with this process.

Worldwide Caution


The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a Worldwide Caution to highlight increased risks for overseas travelers during times of intense international conflict. The announcement stresses the importance of staying alert in areas frequented by tourists.

To receive timely updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate while traveling, enroll in the U.S. DOS’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This resource is also available to non-US citizens.