Tunisia remains a strong tourist favourite among those seeking winter sun on the Mediterranean. While the majority of visits to Tunisia will be safe, the Canadian Government is the most recent to remind travellers that there is an ongoing threat of terrorist attacks. A state of emergency is in place until at least February this year.
Last week, two militants blew themselves up in clashes with security forces in Jilma. In late November and December, authorities announced they had disrupted several groups plotting terror attacks. And in October a suicide bomber blew herself up in Tunis, injuring 15 people.
If you are heading to Tunisia, consider your exposure to the risks and whether you are comfortable with this.
We previously asked a series of experts ‘Is it safe to go to Tunisia?‘ and they offered advice on what the biggest risks are, as well as what the most overlooked risks are, and offered advice on what you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website –
There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist attacks have occurred throughout Tunisia. Since 2015, tourist resorts and attractions, as well as Tunisian military and state institutions have been targeted, and further attacks cannot be ruled out.
Targets could include:
- government buildings, including schools
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
- sports events
- cultural festivals
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.
A number of suspected terrorists and arms traffickers have been captured in various regions of the country, including the capital, Tunis. This indicates that extremist elements are present and that instability in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa continues to pose a general threat to the security of foreigners, religious sites, foreign institutions and tourist facilities in Tunisia. Security forces are on a high state of alert and carry out anti-terrorism operations across the country to prevent attacks.
A state of emergency remains in effect since 2015 following a deadly bus bombing targeting National Guard officers in downtown Tunis. The state of emergency was last extended in January 2019 until February 6, 2019. National and regional curfews, which are enforced by the police, may be imposed without advance warning.
Maintain a high level of vigilance at all times. Regularly review your security practices and remain alert to the changing situation.
from Country Advice and Advisories which can be found at: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/tunisia
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