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FCO updates Tunisia advice
Posted on 18/07/2014

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In an updated statement posted on their website, the FCO advises tourists to stay alert to potential kidnappings and terrorist attacks which may occur in certain areas of the country. They cite the 2011 revolution - which led to heightened tensions and protests - as cause for the disruption. Tunisia was in a State of Emergency between January 2011 and March 2014.

EASYVOYAGE

Tourists in Tunisia have been warned of a terrorism risk

In an updated statement posted on their website, the FCO advises tourists to stay alert to potential kidnappings and terrorist attacks which may occur in certain areas of the country. They cite the 2011 revolution - which led to heightened tensions and protests - as cause for the disruption. Tunisia was in a State of Emergency between January 2011 and March 2014.

"There is a possibility of further protests. These are not normally aimed against foreigners, but international events can trigger anti-western demonstrations," says the FCO's statement.

"There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. The FCO advise against travel to some areas of southern Tunisia and near to the border with Libya and Algeria due to the threat from terrorism."

HIGH THREAT

In October 2013 there was an explosion outside the Riadh Palm Hotel in the northern tourist area of Sousse. No one was injured except the bomber himself. In May this year, 16 suspected terrorists were arrested with explosives on the southern border with Libya. The FCO now believes that threats will increase during the month of Ramadan and in the build up to the elections later this year.

Visitors to Tunisia are advised to check the latest information before travelling.

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