Taba crossing
Photo: Yair Sagi

CTB issues travel advisory ahead of Passover

Counter Terrorism Bureau says high risk of terror attacks, kidnappings in Sinai, lists warnings for Turkey, parts of Thailand

Thirty three countries were added to the Counter Terrorism Bureau's travel advisory issued on Wednesday ahead of the Passover holiday. The advisory included a serious warning for the Sinai Peninsula, where there is a high risk of terrorist attacks and kidnappings. In addition, the bureau mapped public Passover seders throughout the world.


The announcement includes six countries to which travel is forbidden for Israelis – Syria, Iran, Iraq (Kurdistan), Lebanon, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. There were 27 additional countries which posed various levels of threat.


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The highest threat levels were listed for Somalia, Sudan and Afghanistan. They were followed by Algeria, Tunis, Djibouti, Mauritania, Mali, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Ivory Coast, Togo, Burkina Faso and Libya.


A basic threat, according to the bureau, is ever present in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan. This while Morocco, Kenya, Turkey and Nigeria, Ajzerban and Oman are listed as countries that are potentially threatening and it was recommended to postpone travel to those countries.

סמוך למסוף טאבה, לפני כמה חודשים (צילום: יאיר שגיא "ידיעות אחרונות")

Taba crossing several months ago (Photo: Yair Sagi Yedioth Ahronoth) 


(צילום: יאיר שגיא "ידיעות אחרונות")

(Photo: Yair Sagi Yedioth Ahronoth)


High level warnings were also issued for eight regions including the Philippines, Chechnya, north Nigeria, parts of south Thailand, east Senegal and the coastal areas of Kenya.


“These types of notices disrupted more than once plans of enemies to cancel terror activity in the places they were issued,” the bureau said.


The bureau emphasized that “the warnings come after longstanding global campaigns by Iran and Hezbollah, which in the last two years have made great efforts to carry out attacks outside the country against Israeli and Jewish targets. Any Israeli outside of the country is marked as a potential target, and civilian targets are undefended, thus they are easy targets for terror attacks.”



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