Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine and Zarzis

  • within 30km of the border with Algeria from south of the town of Ghardinaou

Tunisia is going through a period of political transition following the 2011 revolution, and has experienced protests in the post revolutionary period. After months of political stalemate and heightened tensions, a new constitution was agreed in January 2014 and a new technocratic government was appointed. A State of Emergency, which had been in place since January 2011, was lifted on 5 March.

There is a possibility of further protests. These, are not normally aimed against foreigners, but international events can trigger anti-western demonstrations.

There is a general threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. The FCO advise against travel to some areas of southern Tunisia and near to the border with Libya and Algeria due to the threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

There has been a recent increase in terrorist activity in Tunisia, including an explosion on the beach next to the Riadh Palm Hotel in the tourist zone in Sousse on 30 October. The only reported casualty was the individual carrying explosives. On the same day 2 other individuals found with explosives at the Borguiba Mausoleum in Monastir were arrested.

The possibility of further attacks, including in the coastal resorts and desert areas cannot be ruled out. The British Embassy is in regular contact with the Tunisian authorities and this travel advice is kept under constant review.

You should be vigilant, keep up to date with this travel advice, and follow the advice of the local authorities and your tour operator.

329,619 British nationals visited Tunisia in 2012. Most British tourists stay in the coastal resorts and most visits are trouble free.

In the resort areas, the dress code is much like any European city or tourist area. In other parts of the country you should dress more modestly. See Local Laws and Customs

Some areas of the interior have been declared military zones and will have an increased security presence. If possible, trips into the interior of Tunisia should be made with a reputable tour guide.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

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