On 13 May 2021, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Israel and the Palestinian territories, increasing the level of advice for Israel to “Level 3 (Reconsider Travel)” from “Level 2 (Exercise increased caution),” citing the threat of armed conflict and civil unrest. The advisory reads in part as follows: “Reconsider travel to Israel due to armed conflict and civil unrest. Exercise increased caution in Israel due to COVID-19, travel restrictions, and quarantine procedures instituted by the Government of Israel.

“Do not travel to the West Bank due to COVID-19, travel restrictions and quarantine procedures instituted by the Palestinian Authority. Do not travel to Gaza due to COVID-19, terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.

“Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery and areas across Southern and Central Israel, including Jerusalem.

“There has been a marked increase in protests and violence throughout Israel. Recent incidents of violence include vandalism, rock throwing, burning of vehicles, and attacks on passersby. Protests and violence may continue to occur, some with little or no warning.

“The security environment within Gaza and on its borders is dangerous and volatile. Sporadic mortar and rocket fire and corresponding Israeli military responses continue to occur.”

The full text of the advisory is available here.