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FCO updates Tunisia travel advice in state of emergency
Posted on 28/12/2015

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Due to the extended state of emergency imposed in Tunisia, the Foreign Office has updated travel advice to warn British tourists

The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has further updated its travel warnings for Tunisia. Following the Tunisian government's extension of the state of emergency, British authorities have advised extra caution when travelling to the African country over the festive period.

Travel alerts for Tunisia

Travel alerts for Tunisia
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The state of emergency that was imposed on November 24 has been extended for two months from December 24 until February 21 2016. The state of emergency grants more power to the presidency and armed forces and entails the suspension of some rights to ensure the safety of the public. A curfew can also be temporarily introduced.

The original measures were implemented across the Tunisian territory due to a shocking suicide bombing attack in the capital city that killed 12 presidential guards and was allegedly carried out by ISIS forces.

The FCO has announced warnings of more potential attacks against foreign visitors. After the deadly attacks at Port El Kantaoui near Sousse on June 26, authorities warn that threats to British nationals' safety still remain 'highly likely.'

The attack left 38 tourists killed by a gunman at the Sousse beach resort, and followed the deadly killings in March of 21 people by two gunmen at the Bardo Museum in Tunis. Since these events the Tunisian government has explained that there have been a number of plots to attack 'hotels and vital installations' in Sousse, which were successfully prevented.

The FCO updated their travel information on Tunisia with alerts warning that "security forces are on a high state of alert in Tunis and other locations. You should be especially vigilant over the holiday period, including New Year." It advises British nationals and citizens to "avoid crowded places and follow the advice of the Tunisian security forces."

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