- Hans Weber
- November 29, 2023
Czech Travel Agencies Cancel Israel Trips Amidst Security Concerns
n response to recent attacks by Palestinian radicals on Israel, domestic travel agencies have decided to cancel trips to Israel for several weeks, according to Jan Papež, the Vice Chairman of the Association of Travel Agencies in the Czech Republic. While the decision has been made to suspend new trips, clients currently in Israel who wish to continue with their planned itineraries will do so via regular flights. There are no immediate plans for repatriation flights at this time.
The security situation in Israel has prompted the cancellation or delay of some flights between Prague and Tel Aviv. Václav Havel Airport has advised passengers to closely monitor the websites of their respective airlines for updates. This action follows in the wake of the attack by Palestinian group Hamas on Israel and the subsequent Israeli response, which has led to numerous airlines worldwide canceling dozens of flights to Israel over security concerns.
As of Saturday, Jan Papež confirmed that approximately 200 Czech citizens who had traveled to Israel with travel agencies are safe. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reports the safety of Czech citizens who had independently traveled to Israel.
The escalation of the conflict, with Hamas launching attacks on Israel followed by extensive Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, has raised concerns about the potential for further escalation and the risk of the conflict spreading to other regions. The conflict has already resulted in significant casualties and loss of life.
The decision by Czech travel agencies to suspend trips to Israel underscores the importance of safety and security for travelers in regions experiencing heightened tensions and conflict. The situation will continue to be closely monitored by both travelers and the travel industry, with updates provided as necessary to ensure the safety of all those involved.
Article by Prague Forum