WASHINGTON -- The State Department imposed a travel warning that
urges U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Israel, the West Bank
It also updated its warning on Yemen, following the suspected
terrorist attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden.
The State Department also reiterated its worldwide caution,
warning Americans living or traveling overseas to be watchful of
potential terrorist attacks.
Violent clashes and confrontations continue to take place
throughout the West Bank and Gaza, and in Jerusalem, Israel.
The U.S. Consulate General facility in Jerusalem was temporarily
The State Department said that U.S. citizens who require
emergency passport services should contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel
For other emergency services, U.S. citizens can telephone the
consulate general in Jerusalem at 972-2-622-7230 or the embassy in
Tel Aviv at 972-3-519-7355.
The U.S. government relocated its employees who live in East
Jerusalem. Additionally, U.S. government employees have been
prohibited from traveling to the West Bank, Gaza and East
Jerusalem, including the Old City, and urged them to avoid the
Jaffa section of Tel Aviv.
The department said that private U.S. citizens should defer
travel to these areas at this time.
Closer to home, ASTA issued an announcement urging its members
keep up to date on the various cancellation policies of suppliers
with programs to the region.
The Society recommended that agents "monitor a variety of news
sources," including www.twcrossroads.com, for updated details on
supplier policies and industry-specific information.
ASTA noted that "cancellation policies will vary widely from
supplier to supplier and possibly from hour to hour as the
The Society recommended agents call suppliers' toll-free numbers
and help desks as well as check individual supplier Web sites for
current information on schedule/itinerary changes, cancellations
and change/refund policies.
ASTA also recommended that agents do the following:Contact clients who currently are traveling in the conflict
region to let them know you are available to assist them if
necessary.Advise clients who experiencing difficulty in leaving countries
to seek help immediately at the American consulate or embassy.Inform clients planning to travel overseas that they may
encounter additional security checks at airports.Counsel clients planning to travel on trip cancellation