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Travel Advice Tunisia

Post by Ted-Pencry on 15/8/2013, 11:27

The FCO advise against all travel to parts of the country.
The FCO advise against all travel to the Chaambi Mountain National Park area. Tunisian Security Forces continue to conduct a security operation in the Chaambi mountains, close to the Algerian border. Security personnel have lost their lives and been severely injured by booby- trap explosives in this area and there is ongoing armed confrontation between fugitive groups and security forces. This has intensified since the death of 8 soldiers in an ambush on 29 July. Seek advice from your travel company and follow any instructions given by security personnel if you travel to these areas.
On 25 July 2013 an opposition politician, Mohamed Brahmi, was assassinated in a suburb of Tunis. Since then there have been a number of protests, with many calling for the resignation of the government, in Tunis, Gafsa (south-west), Sidi Bouzid (central south-west), Monastir and Sousse, with reports of some violence. Further protests and strikes may occur anywhere unexpectedly as a result of increased political tension, with a possibility of violence. You should avoid all protests and large gatherings.
Demonstrations have been called by opposition groups on 6 August, to mark the six month anniversary of the assassination of opposition politician Chokri Belaid.
Small demonstrations held over the weekend (3-4 August) in the coastal regions of Sousse and Mahdia, were dispersed by police after confrontations between pro and anti-government demonstrators.
Most visits to Tunisia are trouble-free, but you should be aware of the changeable political and security situation, and of the possibility of strikes and protests, some of which could turn violent. Protests are not normally aimed against foreigners, but international events can trigger anti-western demonstrations. See Political situation
In the coastal holiday resorts, 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
There is a general threat from terrorism. There is a threat of retaliatory attacks following the French intervention in Mali. See Terrorism
329,619 British nationals visited Tunisia in 2012. Most visits are trouble free.
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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