Increased caution due to terrorism: US issues Travel Advisory for Tunisia
US Department of State issued Level 2 Travel Advisory (Exercise Increased Caution) for Tunisia. The warning was issued due to increased risk of terrorist attacks against foreign and domestic targets in the country. Terrorist attacks have previously targeted Tunisian government and security forces and popular tourist sites.
US citizens traveling in Tunisia are advised:
Exercise increased caution in Tunisia due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk.
Do not travel to:
•Within 30 km of southeastern Tunisia along the border with Libya due to terrorism.
•Mountainous areas in the country’s west, including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area, due to terrorism.
•The desert south of Remada due to the military zone.
•Jendouba south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, El Kef, and Kasserine, next to the Algerian border due to terrorism.
•Sidi Bou Zid in central Tunisia due to terrorism.
Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tunisia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, museums, resorts, hotels, festivals, nightclubs, restaurants, religious sites, markets/shopping malls, government facilities and security forces. A country-wide state of emergency, which grants security forces more authority to maintain civil order and enables the government to focus on combating terrorism, is in effect.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in some areas of Tunisia. U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside greater Tunis.
If you decide to travel to Tunisia:
•Exercise caution when using public transportation, due to safety and security concerns.
•Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
•Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
•Be alert to the possibility of kidnapping.
•Avoid staying overnight outside of the main cities and tourist locations.
•Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.
•Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
•Follow the Department of State on Facebookand Twitter.
•Review the Crime and Safety Report for Tunisia.
•U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Border with Libya
Developments in Libya continue to affect the security situation along the Tunisian-Libyan border in areas such as Ras Jedir and Dehiba along with the cities of Ben Guerdan and Medenine. The border with Libya is frequently closed to all traffic with short notice for extended periods. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Libya.
Western Mountains and Chaambi Mountain National Park
Terrorist groups continue to operate in mountains of Western Tunisia.
The Desert South of Remada
The desert south of Remada is designated as a military zone by the Government of Tunisia. Special authorization is required for travelers wishing to enter the military zone.
Jendouba El Kef and Kasserine near the Algerian Border
Terrorist groups continue to operate in these areas.
Sidi Bou Zid in Central Tunisia
Terrorist groups continue to operate in this area.