Excursion to North Africa – safe or not – questions about tourism

Posted on 10/12/2018 7:41am

Tunisia and Egypt – two of the most attractive target for vactions in North Africa. After terrorism acts in Tunisia (26th of June 2015, 38 foreign tourist were killed) and news about ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) growth a lot of Europeans are wondering is it clear to pick these countries for their vacations. Tunisia – paradise for tourists, warm climate, marvelous beaches, lots of luxury hotels.

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Tourism is extremely important for Tunisia, cause it provides 6,5 % of its GDP. Nowadays Tunisian experts do whatever they can to convince people to keep coming to the country (there are lot of police patrols on the streets and public service announcement in the media). Sadly for them most of the European ministries of foreign affairs predict their citizens from travelling to Tunisia.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to South Tunisia, the Tunisia-Algeria border crossing points, 5 km of the Libya border area and against all but essential travel to the rest of Tunisia. U.S. Department of State recommends U.S. citizens maintain a high level of vigilance, especially in districts, which are visited by large numbers of people (hotels, shopping centers, tourists sites and restaurants). Travelers have to stay focused and constantly carry a copy of their passport in case of unpredictable cases.

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Nowadays trips to Tunisia are low-cost, but they are also a lottery: you can go there and have a awesome time, but also you can get wounded lying on the beach or visiting the gallery.

Egypt – country of pyramids and ancient history, wish of many foreign tourists. In Egypt situation is more stable than in Tunisia. The possibility of terrorism attack is smaller than in another countries in the area, but the governmental situation is unstable. There have been protests since 2011. They can occur without warning anywhere in Egypt (in big towns like Cairo and Alexiandria – tourism places, but also in Luxor, Fayoum, Ismailia and other).

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Manifestations are usually peaceful, but they can also be very troubling, you can’t foresee people’s performance at those meetings. Police may use water cannon, tear gas, birdshot and live ammunition to control the crowd. On 14 August 2013 security forces brutally finished sit-in protest in Cairo (many people were killed). Being in Egypt tourists should follow the news onmedia. It is advisable to take local guide to visit the pyramids and other ancient attractions. Seaside resorts are mostly secured, although you should be thoughtful. Nowadays travelling to North Africa is cheap, but not harmless. There is a high risk from terrorism in Egypt and in Tunisia. It is believed that terrorists will go on attacks. It is not desirable to go there in imminent time.