Traveling to Israel is Safer than you Expect

Your safety is our #1 concern.

Israel hosted over 2.6 million visitors alone in 2022! Israel is a vibrant, joyful, and extremely safe place to live & tour. This is how people feel when they’re here, and it’s a feeling that’s backed by plenty of evidence.

Here are three facts that our clients are often surprised and delighted to learn:

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#1 Less Crime than the USA, Canada, and the EU

The authoritative “2018 Crime Index” lists Israel’s crime index score at number 81 out of 117 countries. As a point of comparison, the United States comes in at number 47, almost double that of Israel. Israel sits lower on the index than the US, Canada, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Greece, New Zealand, Australia – dozens of countries that are not in the news daily, but are considered “safe” are factually and statistically more dangerous than Israel. 

#2 Less Violence than your City

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s “Global Study on Homicide” says it all. During the course of 2012, the last complete year for which statistics are available, the US saw 4.7 murders per 100,000 citizens.

The Centre for Research on Globalization’s “Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs to Hear” notes that, rather than terrorism or any kind of violent crime, car accidents are the leading cause of death among American citizens overseas. So buckling up and observing the speed limit stands as the most actionable, potentially lifesaving advice no matter where you are in the world. 

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#3 Stricter Firearm Policies

Ownership of firearms is strictly controlled in Israel. In order to own a gun in Israel, citizens are required to have no criminal record, be in good health, pass a weapons-training course, live in a specific limited area where the government deems a gun may be owned or be an officer in the IDF, etc… the average Israeli citizen simply cannot own a gun in practical terms.

In addition, licenses for private gun holders in Israel are limited to a single handgun. The US is number one in the world for guns owned per capita, at 90 per 100 people, whereas Israel ranks at number 79 with 7.3.

We hope these facts, along with knowing that your safety is our most important priority, help you feel more comfortable about touring Israel.