Legislative elections occurred in October 2014, and Beji Caid Essebsi took over as country’s first democratically elected President in December 2014. The current government under Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was approved in parliament on 26 August 2016. Demonstrations sparked by economic, political or religious tensions often occur.
Widespread protests happened January 2018. Most protests are peaceful, but a majority of have affected key services, disrupted traffic or included violence, specially in Tunisia’s south and interior. You needs to keep up to date with developments, avoid all protests and places where large crowds gather and follow instructions offered by the security authorities, your hotel plus your tour operator, should you have one.
There is usually a heightened Tunisian security presence on the borders with Libya and Algeria caused by cross border terrorist activity and fighting in Libya. Border crossings are now and again closed temporarily with no warning. Some violent incidents have occurred.
The FCO advise against all go to the Chaambi Mountains National Park area, and also Mount Salloum, Mount Sammamma, and Mount Mghiba (all designated military operations zones), where Tunisian security forces always conduct operations. Security personnel are already killed and severely wounded in attacks and also booby-trap explosives over these areas.
Incidents of mugging, pick pocketing, bag-snatching and petty theft occur. Take sensible precautions to defend yourself and also your belongings. Where possible, avoid carrying your important documents, money along with valuables within the same bag. You should remain alert to potential confidence tricks. Personal attacks are rare however they do occur. Harassment of foreign women, including uninvited physical contact, can now and again occur.
Women should maintain at the least the same amount of personal security awareness as inside UK and be aware when walking or travelling alone.
Rail travel is often safe, although safety standards are typically lower than those within the UK. There can be a risk of petty crime on trains.
Driving standards might be erratic. There is hardly any lane discipline and sometimes confusion concerning the right of way, especially at roundabouts. There are few pedestrian crossings and traffic lights are now and again ignored. Take care when driving in towns as pedestrians often walk on the highway and have the right of way. Take particular care when crossing roads on foot, even where there is often a signal permitting you to do so. Roads are often of a reasonable standard although large pot-holes can be shown quickly following heavy rain. You will come across military or police security checks. If you do, approach slowly, don’t cross boundaries without permission and also be prepared to present photo ID if asked.
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