West Bank, Palestine

West Bank, Palestine map

Region: Middle East-West Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

CLOSED TO LEISURE TRAVEL

Updated: 2020-11-04

Entry

General Policy
  1. Entry to the West Bank is currently limited to the Allenby/King Hussein crossing from Jordan (which has partially reopened), as arrival at Israel's airport is effectively restricted by Israel's closure to most non-nationals. The U.S. Embassy in Israel reports:“Allenby Bridge has reopened for routine crossing. In order to cross the Allenby Bridge, travellers must register their trip with the Government of Jordan”.
  2. The Palestinian Authority suspended internal and external tourism in the West Bank after the first COVID-19 cases were recorded in Bethlehem district on March 5. On 21 October 2020, Palestine announced that the internal tourism in the West Bank will resume.
Sources:
  1. U.S. Embassy in Israel
  2. “Palestine gradually resumes internal tourism in West Bank”

Entry Requirements

(Source: U.S. Embassy in Israel)

Visa
  • Because entry is limited to entry via Jordan, visa requirements for Jordan entry apply.
Testing
  • Because entry is limited to entry via Jordan, testing requirements for Jordan entry apply. In order to cross the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, the government of Jordan requires travellers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the bridge crossing. In addition, the Palestinian Authority requires all travellers who seek to enter the West Bank via the Allenby/King Hussein crossing to take a COVID -19 test. 
Data Collection
  • Because entry is limited to entry via Jordan, data collection requirements for Jordan entry apply.
Quarantine
  • Because entry is limited to entry via Jordan, quarantine requirements for Jordan entry apply. In addition, the Palestinian Authority requires all travellers entering the West Bank via the Allenby/King Hussein crossing to take a COVID -19 test. If the result is positive, individuals will be required to quarantine in accordance with government requirements.  If the result is negative, no quarantine is required.
Insurance
  • Because entry is limited to entry via Jordan, insurance requirements for Jordan entry apply.

Exit

Onward Travel Restrictions
  • Because departure is limited to departure via Jordan, all requirements for Jordan entry apply. Note that Palestine is listed as a RED country under Jordan's entry protocol.

(Source: Visit Jordan )

Other

No info

Pre-pandemic visa rules

Requirements

Passport Validity
6 months
Other Documents
An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required for entry.
Dual Nationality
Many issues: for details, see webpage of Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. Although the State of Palestine has no visa requirement, entry to the the West Bank region of the State of Palestine is controlled by Israel via its separation wall and military checkpoints (regardless of arrival airport, Israel or Jordan), so the complexities of Israel travel apply here. Travellers crossing between Israel and the West Bank must produce a passport and Israeli-authorized immigration slip.
  2. East Jerusalem, although claimed to be the designated capital of the State of Palestine, has been effectively annexed by Israel, with no travel restriction between East Jerusalem and Israel. Travel between East Jerusalem and the West Bank, however, is restricted by Israel's separation wall and its military checkpoints.
Sources:

Applicable Passports: