Israel Tourism Issues Statement on Hamas Attacks; Airlines Pause Flights into Tel Aviv
October 11, 2023 Marsha Mowers
The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) is deeply saddened by the events that took place at our southern border with Gaza on Saturday, October 7.
As a result of the events, the government has declared a state of emergency.
The safety and security of our visitors is our top priority, and we are working to ensure their well-being in every way possible. IMOT, in collaboration with relevant authorities, is working to assist those who wish to depart from Israel.
While US carriers have suspended flights to Israel, and Air Canada has temporarily “paused” its schedule to/from Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport remains open, and many flights are still departing Israel.
Travelers should continue to check the status of flights and the status of Ben Gurion International Airport here: https://www.iaa.gov.il/en/
The Ministry of Tourism is operating a “virtual office” reachable via WhatsApp (+972 55 972 6931) or email ([email protected]).
Travelers currently in Israel can dial 104 for information or contact Home Front Command on WhatsApp or SMS on +972 52 910 4104.
IMOT will provide updates on travel to and around Israel as new information is available.
About the Author
Marsha Mowers made the move to editorial side of travel after many years working in destination marketing where she represented places such as NYC and Las Vegas. Her experience on “both sides” of the industry has put her in a unique position to provide valuable context to both readers and trade partners. Marsha also serves as Director of Content for TravelPulse Canada