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Border Crossings and Denial of Entry

Entering and Exiting Israel and the West Bank, and Denial of Entry Issues

It is important to be accurately informed about which border crossings you are permitted to use.  Please consult this information sheet, Jordanian Border Crossings with the West Bank and Israel (PDF 370 KB), for information and links to key offices.  Please note that this is intended for general information purposes only.  While the Consulate General makes every effort to provide current information, it assumes no responsibility for changes to these policies.  For the most accurate, up to date information you should contact the relevant Israeli, Palestinian or Jordanian offices directly.

Denial of Entry into Israel or the West Bank

U.S. passport holders are occasionally denied entry into Israel or the West Bank at one of the border crossings.  They may also be subject to lengthy delays and security checks.  

Entry into Israel and the West Bank is subject to the authority of the relevant border officials.  U.S. citizens may contact the Consulate General to report cases involving denial of entry into the West Bank via the Allenby Bridge-King Hussein border crossing, though the Consulate cannot assume responsibility for facilitating U.S. citizens' passage into Israel or the West Bank.  However, the Consulate General strongly encourages anyone denied entry into Israel or the West Bank to complete the Denial of Entry form (PDF 43 KB) and submit it via e-mail to JerusalemACS@state.gov in order to track cases.  

Please note that Ben Gurion International Airport, the Jordan River-Sheikh Hussein border crossing in the north, and the Rabin-Arava border crossing in the south, fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and specific issues involving these crossings should be addressed there.

Single-Nationality U.S. Passport Holders

U.S. passport holders who do not hold Israeli or Palestinian passports or have Palestinian identity card numbers are generally permitted to enter Israel via Ben Gurion International Airport, subject to local authority discretion.  U.S. citizens may also enter Israel via Jordan from the Jordan River-Sheikh Hussein border crossing in the north and the Rabin-Arava crossing in the south near Eilat and Aqaba.  Access to the West Bank is permitted via the Allenby Bridge-King Hussein border crossing. 

U.S. Citizens with Palestinian Passports

U.S. citizens with Palestinian passports must use the Allenby Bridge-King Hussein border crossing to enter or exit the West Bank (and via the West Bank, Israel). They are not permitted to transit via Ben Gurion International Airport.

U.S. Citizens with Israeli Passports

U.S. passport holders who also possess Israeli passports may enter or exit Israel through Ben Gurion International Airport, the Jordan River-Sheikh Hussein border crossing, and the Rabin-Arava border crossing.  They are prohibited from using the Allenby Bridge-King Hussein crossing, unless part of an official delegation or with special permission from the Israeli authorities.

U.S. Citizens with Jerusalem Identity Cards or Laissez-Passers

In general, Jerusalem identity card holders should be permitted to enter and exit via Ben Gurion International Airport.  Regarding transit of U.S. citizens with Jerusalem IDs via the Allenby Bridge-King Hussein, Jordan River-Sheikh Hussein, or Rabin-Arava border crossings, please contact the Consulate General directly via e-mail at: JerusalemACS@state.gov.

Entry into Gaza

Entry into Gaza is currently strictly limited, and the Consulate General is unable to assist in facilitating passage into Gaza for U.S. citizens.  For further information, please consult the State Department Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

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