Though they remain popular tourist destinations, Morocco and Tunisia share land borders with several countries that are much less secure. If you are considering travel to either, we strongly recommend you read the FCO’s travel warnings in full and buy appropriate travel insurance as soon as possible.
The FCO has updated travel advisories for several North African countries, and included the following for both Tunisia and Morocco.
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
There is a threat of kidnapping by groups operating in North Africa, particularly from Libya, Mauritania and groups originating in the Sahel. This includes Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQ-IM) and Daesh-affiliated groups, who may travel across the region’s porous border. There is a heightened risk of kidnap in border and remote desert areas of North Africa. Terrorist groups have kidnapped foreigners, government officials and civilians in the region for financial gain and for political leverage. Further kidnaps are likely.
Those engaged in tourism, humanitarian aid work, journalism or business sectors are viewed as legitimate targets. If you’re kidnapped, the reason for your presence is unlikely to serve as a protection or secure your safe release.
The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage taking. The Terrorism Act (2000) also makes payments to terrorists illegal.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.
To read the rest of the travel advisories, please click these links –
- Morocco: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco
- Tunisia: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia
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