Wednesday, 17 December 2014

UK Foreign Office warns on potential Tunisia danger

THE British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned visitors to Tunisia to exercise caution ahead of government elections in the country.

It warns that Tunisia remains in a period of political transition following the 2011 revolution, with danger heightened during the build-up to the second round of voting in the presidential election, due to take place on December 21.

‘You should be vigilant on election day, and avoid political rallies and areas where large crowds may gather,’ said the FCO.

The FCO continues to advise against all travel to the Chaambi Mountain National Park area, the Tunisia-Algeria border crossing points at Ghardinaou, Nefta and El Kef, the militarized zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba and all areas within three miles of the Libya border area from north of Dhehiba up to but not including the Ras Ajdir border crossing.

There have been a number of protests in the post-revolutionary period. These are not normally aimed at foreigners, but international events can trigger anti-Western demonstrations, and further protests could occur.

An exit tax of 30 dinars per person (£11) has recently been applied to all departing, non-resident foreigners.

Meanwhile, the latest figures from the Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO) have shown a strong end to a year of record-breaking visitor growth. October saw the country welcome 46,249 UK visitors, an increase of 13.3 percent on the same month in 2013. November saw an even greater year-on-year increase of 29.7 percent from 20,116 UK arrivals.

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Picture Credit: "Flag of Tunisia" by entraîneur: BEN KHALIFA WISSAM  via Wikimedia Commons

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