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Arch RoamRight offers travel insurance for U.S. residents traveling to the Palestinian Territories. Whether you need travel insurance to help protect the expenses you’ve paid into your vacation, or short-term travel medical insurance while you’re in the Palestinian Territories, we have several travel insurance plans for you to choose from. Get started by completing our quote form above.
The Palestinian Territories (also referred to as the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’) refers to the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority controlled West Bank. However, the West Bank is still largely under Israeli military control.
The Gaza Strip, bordering Egypt, is completely off limits. The West Bank, landlocked between Israel and Jordan, is the area that can be visited by tourists, but only via Israel. A heavily contested region, it is predominantly Arab, yet 2013 figures put
the number of Israeli’s living in settlements at the border around 350,000. These settlements are deemed illegal under international law and the struggle continues.
For the visitor however, this region is full of key historical and religious sites. The ancient city of Jericho has ruins dating back to around 10,000 BC alongside key points of biblical reference. Nablus still bears traces of its Roman Era to Ottoman
Empire past, and Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, remains a key pilgrimage site. You can also visit the thriving capital city of Ramallah and the Dead Sea coastline.
Hebron remains the most heavily contested area of the West Bank in the Palestine Territories, although it is not off limits to tourists. Said to be where the settlement movement started, it remains at the heart of the present day conflict and as a result
is split into two areas - the Palestinian Authority controlled H1 (80%) and the Israeli controlled H2 (20%). The Jewish settlers have their own administration. An historical city, with a new bustling area, it is the site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs,
a site holy to both Jews and Muslims – itself divided into a Mosque and a Synagogue.
Visitors to the West Bank must enter and leave via checkpoints in Israel, so always carry your passport. The Dead Sea, within ‘Zone C’ of the West Bank (which is under full Israeli control), doesn’t require passport checks. Although safe to visit, all
travelers should be mindful of the current political climate when visiting the region.
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