This Middle Eastern city has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims.
In Jerusalem, you loose the sense of time and reality, forget about politics on this Holy land. The scope of the history in Jerusalem is incredible, mainly all the tourist destinations are in the lanes of the Old City.
Among must-see sightseeing are: Haram Al-Sharif (Temple Mount), Wailing Wall and Jewish Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Citadel (Tower of David) and surrounds, Christian Quarter.
SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Jerusalem, and be aware of all potential dangers.
There was an increase in stabbings from Palestinans in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, although they never target tourists.
There have been terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, including around public transport hubs and in areas visited by tourists, particularly in the Old City, leading to a number of deaths and injuries. The potentiality of new bombings is high.
Additionally, the narrow streets are crowded and there are numerous of pickpockets. There are known cases of charging clients’ credit cards in US Dollars instead of the Shekels.
After dark we advise to refrain from strolling around, it is really easy to get lost and furthermore might be a bit dangerous, particularly for women.
Cities most vibrant cafes, bars, and restaurants are here. Very nice spot to stay in a hotel, luckily the variety is huge. Very safe area.
This area is safe for Muslims, however, rock-throwing is very common in this area, particularly towards Jews. We also do not advise visiting this area at night.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM
Jerusalem is an overall safe city in terms of crime, but due to frequent terrorist attacks, stabbings, and rock-throwing, it is ranked 79th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
There are some areas with high density of pickpockets, generally, pickpocketers operate in the Old Town.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
Mugging and kidnapping are rare. However, kidnapping is an issue in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and near the border with Egypt.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
There are known cases of charging clients’ credit cards in US Dollars instead of the Shekels, you should be aware of this scam.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
Generally, public transport is safe and reliable. Although, it is the target number one among terrorists. Be vigilant and look out for suspicious activity. Be cautious while using Ammunition Hill station and try to avoid using buses in Jerusalem.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
Seismic activity in the region is often, but magnitude usually doesn’t exceed 5,6 points on the Richter scale.
TERRORISM RISK: HIGH
Gaza-based organizations are among the most active terrorist organizations. A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the region in a recent decade. The probability of new attacks is high.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Overall, female travellers risk in Israel seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautious and trying to avoid visiting remote neighbourhoods late at night.
New Israel Shekel is the official currency of Israel. Sometimes in the shops, vendors try to pass off the old version of the Shekel, particularly in a denomination of 500 and 1000. Be vigilant as these notes have no value. On the genuine banknotes, you can find a sign “New Shekel”.