Passengers in Jerusalem’s main tourist zone should make sure their trip is compliant with local regulations.
The Jerusalem Municipality has issued guidelines to prevent unauthorized photo-taking of tourists in the city, as well as to discourage unauthorized photo tours of the Old City and other holy sites, and to prohibit the use of cell phones and other portable devices in the Old Street area of Jerusalem.
The new rules, released Thursday, were implemented after a spate of cases of unauthorized tourists taking pictures or video at Jerusalem’s Old City, which has become one of the holiest places for Muslims and Jews, sparking outrage in Israel.
They also are intended to prevent tourists from using their smartphones to film or record video while visiting the city.
The restrictions are intended “to ensure that citizens and visitors are safe while enjoying Jerusalem’s historic attractions, which include the Old Temple, al-Aqsa Mosque and Western Wall,” the guidelines said.
Passengers must stay within designated “security zones,” including a designated area called the “White Zone,” a distance of 20 meters (66 feet) from the entrance to the area.
The zones are delineated by a red dot at the intersection of Old Jerusalem Street and the Blue Zone, a distance 30 meters (96 feet) away from the Blue Zones.
The restrictions also apply to visitors from the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.
The guidelines said “the safety of tourists visiting Jerusalem and its surroundings is our top priority.”
Passengers traveling to the Old West Bank who are from Israel should avoid taking pictures of holy sites or any sensitive areas, including holy shrines and sites in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.
It is also illegal to take pictures or videotape any event that might be perceived as provocative, including funerals and weddings, and not to take photographs or video of any religious or public gatherings or activities, the guidelines added.
The regulations also state that all travelers must be wearing a headscarf or hijab and to remove their headscarves when exiting the airport.