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Palestine : the key figures

Area : 6250.0 km2

Population : 3760000 inhabitants

Jet Lag : GMT +2

Palestine : Travel Information before you go!

Flights

5 hours

Airports

To get to Palestine, you have to fly to the Ben Gourion Airport in Tel Aviv. There are no airports in the occupied Palestinian territories. Visitors can also fly to Jordan and travel by car/bus to get to Palestine.

Security

Visiting the Gaza Strip is strongly discouraged. Generally speaking, it is best to inform yourself of the political climate in the occupied Palestinian territories before leaving home. The FCO advises against all travel to the Sheba'a Farms and Ghajjar along the border with Lebanon (the ?Blue Line'). Practice caution around the border, with rocket attacks and air strikes posing a threat.

Other than this, you shouldn't face too many problems. It is entirely safe to go out at night, even for women on their own. Just make sure that you are appropriately dressed.

For the latest updates, see the FCO Travel Advice section for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.

Languages

Arabic. English is widely spoken.

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Religion

Sunni Muslims (98%). Christians (1.2%)

Currency

The currency in Palestine is the shekel, like in Israel. It is divided into 100 agorot. One pound equals 6.22 shekels. The American dollar and the Jordanian dinar are also used here.

Local transportation

Travelling around the Palestine territory is not easy and is full of obstacles (checkpoints, detours, dividing walls, forbidden Israeli roads, etc.). However, the condition of the roads is good, just keep in mind that there are few road signs on the Palestinian roads and they are often only in Arabic. So, if you plan on driving here, you are going to need to be patient. You could always go for the option of hiring a car with a driver, which may be more expensive but will be easier on your nerves.

There are no trains in Palestine. There are buses that travel between the towns and cities but there are no set schedules. You will have to go to the bus station beforehand to check.

The most typical method of transportation is the shared taxi. They circulate once they are full (there is room for 7 people in general) and service the towns, cities and villages. You can also take a taxi on your own but the rate is much higher. Make sure you negotiate the price before getting in.

Keep in mind that it is impossible to reach the Gaza Strip from the West Bank as there is no geographical continuity and the roads are run by the Israeli government.

Health

No vaccines are required but vaccines against typhoid fever and hepatitis A are recommended. Do not drink the tap water in Palestine. Purchase bottled water, as there is a risk of contracting typhoid fever and hepatitis A.

Electricity

The current is 220 V so there is no need for an adaptor.

Tourist numbers

There are no confirmed tourist arrival figures.

Taxes and tips

The tip is not included in restaurant and bar tabs. A 10% tip is a good rule of thumb.

Telephone

To call the UK from Palestine, dial 00 + 44 + the number you are trying to reach, without the initial 0.

From the UK to Palestine, dial 00 + 970 + the area code (without the initial 0) + the number you are trying to reach.

Most Palestinian hotels have an Internet connection, if yours doesn't, you shouldn't have any problems finding a cyber-café in the towns and cities.

Palestine : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

The Palestine Mission: 5 Galena Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0LT. Tel: 0 208 563 0008

For more information, go to the Palestine Mission website


At the destination

Visit the Palestine Tourist Office and the Visit Palestine websites for more information on this destination.

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