Resources

This Week in Palestine (www.thisweekinpalestine.com) Cultural goings-on.

Siraj Center (www.sirajcenter.org) An NGO that sponsors cross-cultural and community tourism in the region.

Travel Palestine (www.travelpalestine.ps) Palestinian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities.

Visit Palestine (www.visitpalestine.ps) Excellent Ramallah-based travel website.

What to Take

  • Make sure to bring a two-pin plug adaptor for charging laptops and mobile phones.
  • Mosquitoes are common in summer and repellent is essential.
  • English-language books are available but can be very expensive, so it pays to bring reading material from home.

What to Wear

Palestinians dress relatively conservatively, and in cities such as Nablus, Jenin and Hebron it is rare to see women with their shoulders exposed or men wearing shorts. Many local women wear head coverings but nowhere in the West Bank is this expected of tourists. Female visitors are advised to carry a scarf for visiting religious sites, and men wearing shorts will be turned away from monasteries and some mosques.

Bars and clubs in Ramallah and Bethlehem do not have dress codes, but locals dress to impress when they go out and makes sense for tourists to do the same.

The West Bank can be freezing in winter and chilly in autumn and spring, so make sure to pack enough layers.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Ensure that you have the correct visas for any onward travel (eg to Jordan).
  • Make sure your travel insurance covers both Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Be aware of any political developments that could lead to tension in the West Bank.