Health

The Holy Land is a modern, developed country with levels of health and hygiene equal to those of Western countries.  Visitors entering Israel or Palestine are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival.

 

In Jordan

In Jordan medical services are well developed, with a medical center or clinic in every town and village. Basic modern medical care and medicines are available in the principal cities of Jordan, but not necessarily in outlying areas. No vaccinations are required.

 

In Palestine

In Palestine medical services are very good, with many doctors trained abroad. However, due to the Occupation the extent of medical cover is not so advanced as in Israel or Jordan, but access to health facilities in Israel and Jordan is available while in the Palestinian Territories.

Almost everyone in the health care field – from pharmacists to physicians to nurses – is fluent in English. As for all international travel, visitors to Israel, Palestine and Jordan should have travel insurance that covers them in case of illness or hospitalization.

Pharmacies are to be found everywhere across the Holy Land and are very well stocked with drug store items and all the over-the-counter medicines you may need.

Should you become ill during your trip, your hotel front desk can arrange for a doctor to visit you in your room and prescribe medication if necessary. If you are staying with friends or family, they will be able to refer you to their local clinic. In case of serious illness or injury, the emergency rooms at Israeli and Jordanian hospitals are western standard and you will receive the finest medical care.

Most hospitals in Jordan, especially in Amman, are privately owned. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for services. You should carry prescriptions of any medicaments you may need. Make sure you have the generic name as your specific brand may not be available.