Tel Aviv

Having a perfect location in the center of the country, on the Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv is supposed to be an unofficial capital. Its location is so unique and convenient, that you can go to any part of the country easily, though you are not likely to leave from this beach paradise with an extremely long coastline. Tourist infrastructure in this city is excellent because it is financial and technological hub of the country. The density of the bars and clubs are the highest in the whole country. Generally speaking, the criminal situation in Tel-Aviv is moderate. Violent crime is rare. Common threats are pickpocketing and bag snatching. However, the threat of terrorism in the region is high. In order to make your holiday as relaxed as possible, SafeAround compiled information concerning possible risk in Tel Aviv’s neighborhood.

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Tel Aviv is an overall safe city in terms of crime, but due to frequent terrorist attacks, it is ranked 81st out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

There are some areas with high density of pickpockets, it is beach area and Levinskiy market during the day. Do not leave your belongings unattended and be vigilant both while getting on the public transport or enjoying the sunshine on the beach.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Mugging and kidnapping are very rare. However, kidnapping is an issue in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and near the border with Egypt.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are no scam risks in Tel Aviv.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Seismic activity in the region is often, but magnitude usually doesn’t exceed 5,6 points on the Richter scale.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Gaza-based organizations are among the most active terrorist organizations. A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the region in recent decade. The probability of new attacks is high.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Overall, female travellers risk in Israel seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. In Tel-Aviv, there is only one district, which causes potential danger for women travelers.  SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautions and trying to avoid visiting remote neighborhoods late at night.

Carte

WHAT TO DO?

North

This area is one of the wealthiest districts of the city. Supposed to be a suburb. Very safe area.

Center

The heart of the Tel Aviv. This area is full of tourist attractions and shopping spots. Unfortunately, crime increases after dark. Street vendors may be aggressive. During the day there are a lot of pick-pocketers.

Florentin

Considered now as the coolest neighborhood in the city. Lots of bars, cafes and restaurants are here. At night the area around Levinsky market is empty and dark. Definitely not a nice to walk around for women.

Neve Shaanan

Run-down neighborhood. Very cheap for leaving, thus all migrants from China, India, South East Asia and Africa are live here. Area has a poor reputation, walking around at night might be unpleasant and a bit risky, because of the robberies, although they are rare, but occur. Sexual harassment is common, especially near Har Tsiyon Street, the Central Bus Station and Neve Shaanan street. SafeAround advises to refrain from visiting this area.

Shapira

A very controversial neighbourhood. This area is considered to be dangerous, but it is attractive, because of the cheap accommodation. So, while in this area be aware of prostitutes and their clients, junkies, unemployed. Streets are dark and the area is a bit seedy. SafeAround recommends do not go there.

Useful Information

U.S., Australian, European, Canadian visitors may stay in Israel up to 90 days within any six-month period without a visa. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
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 the denomination of 500 and 1000. Be vigilant as these notes have no value. On the genuine banknotes, you can find a sign “New Shekel”.
There is a Mediterranean climate in Israel. Usually characterized by long, hot summers and short winters. The lowest possible temperature in Israel is 6°C. In summer it goes up to 38°C.
You are more likely to land in the Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport, as it’s the busiest airport in the whole country. However, there are numerous other international airports all other the country: Eilat-RamonHaifa-U. MichaeliEilat-Uvda. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.