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Eurovision Alert- Israel

Updated on 10 May 2019

The Situation:

Expo Tel Aviv is set to host the Eurovision song contest 14-18 May with contestants from 50 countries and approximately 40,000 people estimated to attend. Major transportation disruptions can be expected.

Officials have reported heightened security measures with military and police presence in and surrounding Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport as safety precaution due to increased travelers. Officials also reported disruptions in traffic with several barricaded roads. Extra security at checkpoints with additional security screening, including at customs and immigration with longer wait times can be expected.

Possible demonstrations may also cause traffic congestions and additional road blocks.

Note the location of Expo Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport in the map below.

Possible Effects:

  • Blocked roads due to demonstration or police blockades

  • Increased police and military presence

  • Major traffic delays and detours around Ben Gurion Airport and Expo Tel Aviv

  • Longer wait times at checkpoints including customs and immigration

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Adhere to police and military direction and avoid areas where authority is present

  • Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the airport, supplier, and accommodations

  • Allow extra time at airport due to increased travelers and security checks

  • Allow extra time for passing through checkpoints

  • Take bypasses and highways, and avoid driving through/near Tel Aviv

  • Allow extra time if using public transportation

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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