Visa and entry requirements Palestine:
Passport required
No visa is required
In principle, German nationals can easily travel from Israel to Palestine, taking into account the opening hours of the crossings.

Information from the Foreign Office on your trip to Palestine:

Palestine is an autonomous and internationally not fully recognized state in the Middle East with about 5,2 million inhabitants. The land is composed of the West Bank, or West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Palestine is bordered to the west by the Gaza Strip to Egypt, to the east by Jordan and the Dead Sea, to the north by the Mediterranean and is largely surrounded by Israel.

The official language of Palestine is Arabic and the means of payment are the Israeli Shekel and the Jordanian Dinar, as the disputed state does not have its own currency.

The largest cities in the country include Gaza, East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Chan Yunis, Rafah, Jabaliya, Hebron, Jericho and Nablus. The majority of the population is committed to the Muslim faith.

The land area of ​​Palestine is predominantly hilly and consists of a coastal plain, the Jordangraben and the mountainous country with a plateau.

The economy of Palestine is based mainly on the production of olive oil, on the land almost 12 million olive trees grow. In addition, leather goods, textiles and ceramic products are still produced. Tourism is very low due to the tense political situation in Israel.

Among the major attractions of Palestine include the Nativity of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, the city walls of Jericho, the Al Nasr Mosque in Beit Hanoun, the remains of the city of Samaria, Mount Tabor, the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin in Bethlehem, the Christian city Beit Dschala with the St. Nicholas Church, the Marienbrunnen, the shepherd fields and the cistern in Beit Sahur, the Freedom Theater in Jenin, the seaport of Gaza City, Hebron - one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Jericho not far from the dead Sea - the lowest city in the world with 250 meters below sea level, the city of Nablus, the Lighthouse Square, the Darwish Palace of Culture, the Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque and the Lion Monument of Ramallah, the Old Town, the Milk Grotto, the Nursery Square , The Star Street, The Graffiti Paintings, The Jacir Palace Hotel, The Omar Mosque, The King David's Fountain, The King David's Church, The Catherine's Church And Bethlehem's Al-Madbassah Square and the Abraham Mosque and Machpela Cave in Hebron.

Palestine has no official capital, the unrecognized capital would be East Jerusalem. The seat of government is Gaza for the Gaza Strip and Ramallah for the West Bank.

The largest city in the territory of Palestine is Gaza, with some 700.000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area and almost 1,6 million in the metropolitan area. In the port city on the Mediterranean is the administrative seat and the largest seaport of Palestine.

In February 2013 I visited the autonomous territory of Palestine for a few hours. Due to the political tensions with Israel and the constantly changing closing times of the border posts, a longer stay there is fraught with considerable difficulties.

I started with the public bus in the early morning from Jerusalem to the border facilities. After passing through both of the highest security border posts, several taxis were waiting for their customers on the Palestinian side. I then selected the only English-speaking taxi driver for a four-hour city tour in Bethlehem.

The visit to the holy Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, by attending a Mass that was taking place, was of course the absolute highlight of the day. Bethlehem is a very pleasant and quiet city, with many historical attractions.

Imposing and oppressive at the same time, the infinite graffiti paintings along the meter-high walls were Israel. Because I was born near Berlin, in the East of Germany, I felt in this situation with all the people of Palestine.

After a delicious lunch, the taxi driver took me back to the border in the afternoon, where I continued my journey by bus to Tel Aviv.