Tour to North Africa – safe or not – query about tourism

  • Posted on: 15 November 2018
  • By: addmean
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 many Europeans are wondering is it safe to choose these countries for their holidays. Tunisia – wonderland for tourists, warm climate, charming beaches, lots of luxury hotels.

Author: Nicolas Raymond
Tourism is veryserious thing for Tunisia, because it provides 6,5 % of its GDP. Nowadays Tunisian experts do whatever they can to persuade tourists to keep coming to the country (there are lot of police patrols on the streets and public service announcement in the papers). Sadly for them most of the European ministries of foreign affairs warn 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). Visitiors have to stay focused and constantly carry a copy of their passport in case of uncertain situations. Nowadays holidays in Tunisia are low-cost, but they are still a lottery: you can go there and have a brilliant time, but also you can get wounded lying on the beach or visiting the museum.

Egypt – country of pyramids and ancient history, wish of many foreign travelers. In Egypt situation is more stable than in Tunisia. The possibility of terrorism attack is smaller than in another countries in the zone, but the political scene is unsteady. There have been protests since 2011. They can occur without sign anywhere in Egypt (in big cities like Cairo and Alexiandria – tourism cities, but also in Luxor, Fayoum, Ismailia and other).
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Author: Jorge from Brazil
Strikes are often peaceful, but they can also be very risky, you can’t predict people’s behaviour 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 ended sit-in manifestation in Cairo (many people were killed). Being in Egypt visitors have to follow the news on television, radio and Internet. It is advisable to take local guide to visit the pyramids and other historical attractions. Seaside resorts are mostly safe, although you should be thoughtful. Nowadays travelling to northern countries of Africa is low-cost, 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.