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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Release/Statement

Headline: Tunisia

  • Reviewed: 17 July 2017, 11:45 NZST
  • Still current at: 17 July 2017

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There is extreme risk to your security in the Chaambi Mountains National Park, near the border with Algeria. We advise against all travel to this area due to ongoing armed conflict between Tunisian security forces and militant groups. 

There is extreme risk to your security within 30 kilometres of the border with Algeria, in the military zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba, and within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya. Due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups, we advise against all travel to these areas.

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. 




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There is a significant threat of terrorism in Tunisia. Ongoing insecurity and conflict in Libya and the presence of terrorist groups in that country continues to affect the security situation and threat environment in Tunisia. A state of emergency remains in place.  

There have been a number of attacks in Tunisia in the past targeting foreigners and tourists. On 26 June 2015, 38 foreign tourists were killed in a terrorist attack in Port El Kantaoui, near the beach resort town of Sousse.  Reports suggest the attacker deliberately targeted foreign tourists. On 18 March 2015, a terrorist attack took place at the Bardo Museum in the centre of Tunis. Twenty one tourists were killed and many others were injured. 

There have been other terrorist attacks in Tunisia directed against government and security forces. In recent years, attacks in the Chaambi Mountains have killed a large number of soldiers. The risk of cross-border terrorism has increased as groups in the wider region have improved their capability.

While security measures have been increased in recent years, particularly in tourist areas, further attacks are likely, including in large cities and locations known to be frequented by foreigners. Foreigners and tourists may continue to be deliberately targeted.

New Zealanders in Tunisia are advised to exercise a high level of security awareness at all times, particularly when visiting public places frequented by foreigners, such as  hotels, shopping centers, tourist sites and restaurants. We recommend monitoring local media to stay informed of potential risks to your safety and following any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities, including any curfew measures. 

Local travel
The risk of cross-border terrorist activity and kidnapping is especially high in areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine and Zarzis and within 30 kilometres of the border with Algeria. Kidnappings have occurred along the border with Algeria and we strongly advise against crossing this border by land.

Civil Unrest
Protests in response to religious, political and economic tensions occur in Tunisia. Although protests are not normally against foreign interests, international events can trigger anti-western protests.

New Zealanders in Tunisia are advised to avoid all large gatherings, protests, demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Tunisia to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Tunisia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Tunisia are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Cairo, Egypt is accredited to Tunisia

Street Address 8th floor, North Tower, Nile City building, Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac, Cairo, Egypt Telephone +202 2461 6000 Fax +202 2461 6099 Email enquiries@nzembassy.org.eg Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/egypt Hours Sun-Thur 0900-1500 hrs Note In an emergency or if you require urgent assistance, please call the Embassy on +202 2461 6000. Outside of business hours you will be redirected to an after-hours duty service.

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