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Reviewed: 24 May 2013, 15:20 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
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 high risk to your security in areas bordering Libya and Algeria (not including the Chaambi Mountains National Park – extreme risk). We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas due to the unstable security situation and risk of kidnapping. Kidnappings have occurred along the border with Algeria and we strongly advise against crossing this border by land. There are reports of on-going conflict between rival groups of black market traders in towns near the border crossing with Libya. The security situation remains tense and the border crossings with Libya occasionally close with little notice.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat from terrorism and violent civil unrest and we advise caution.
Protests in response to religious, political and economic tensions have occurred in Tunisia. Although protests are not normally against foreign interests, international events can trigger anti-western protests. In September 2013, violent protests took place outside the US Embassy and American school, resulting in significant property damage and the deaths of several protestors. New Zealanders in Tunisia are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent. We recommend you monitor the local media for information on potential risks to your safety and follow any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities.
Tunisia has not suffered a terrorist attack since 2002. However, the possibility of future terrorist attacks cannot be discounted. A number of suspected terrorists and arms dealers have been arrested throughout Tunisia in recent years. The terrorist group Al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has previously made threats against a variety of targets in Tunisia, including against government and commercial buildings and tourist sites. New Zealanders in Tunisia are advised to be security conscious at all times.
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 resident in Tunisia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Contact details are:
Street Address 8th floor, North Tower, Nile City building, Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac, Cairo, Egypt
Telephone +202 2461 6000 Facsimile +202 2461 6099
Office Hours Sun-Thur 0900-1500 hrs
Page last updated: 24 May 2013