Tunisia Travel Tips

Travelling Around Tunisia

While the British Embassy has not issued travel restrictions to any areas of Tunisia, travellers should be mindful of current events and the restrictions that may be imposed. Curfews and other movement restrictions may be imposed without any notice, and for indeterminate periods of time. Protests and other forms of civil disobedience can occur as a result of political or industrial unrest. Roadblocks, both official and unofficial, can be found throughout Tunisia.

An increase in violent incidents has plagued Tunisia. These events are tied to social and religious tensions. With an increase in anti-Western demonstrations, the risk of violence directed toward all foreigners remains a possibility. It is recommended that all British nationals avoid any public gatherings or demonstrations. If violence were to break out near you, it is advised to leave the area immediately and refer to news reports for additional information. Referring to your tour guide or hotel concierge may also be valuable resources for information. To safeguard yourself further, a copy of your identification should be produced and carried at all times.

Border Security Issues

Tunisia’s border with Libya and Algeria are still open for passage. However, border crossing points can be restricted or temporarily closed without notification. Skirmishes between black market gangs near the borders have made travel less safe. Before travelling to Libya or Algeria by car, be sure to refer to your tour guide or consulate office to confirm the border is open for passage.

Terror Threats

Tunisian police have arrested suspected terrorists and arms dealers in all areas of the country. Those arrested have proven to be extreme elements that could pose a significant threat to travellers and local residents. Attacks can occur anywhere, including areas frequented by travellers and British expatriates. It is strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance to your personal security whilst in Tunisia.

It should also be noted that a risk of kidnapping by terrorists is an issue in Tunisia, specifically along the border with Algeria. Travel to certain desert regions requires permission from Tunisian authorities. Trips to these areas will require the assistance of a licensed tour guide and/or military escort. Any inquiries regarding travel to Tunisia may be addressed to the Tunisian Embassy located in London, or by clicking here for information.

Tunisia By Car

Travel around Tunisia can be problematic for the number of demonstrations in bigger cities and security checkpoints in the outlying desert areas. This issue would be compounded if travelling by bus. Therefore, electing to use a car hire may be your best option. You can compare rental car prices in Tunisia by clicking here for car hire rates.

The condition of roads in Tunisia is rather standard. However, pot-holes as a result of heavy rains can appear. It should also be noted that pedestrians frequent roads to use as walking paths in both the cities and outlying areas. Caution must be used whilst driving.

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