Embassy Update-Lifting of Travel Warning for Tunisia

Date: March 28, 2014

Source:  US Embassy Tunis

Brief:  Effective March 28, 2014 the U.S. Department of State lifted the Travel Warning for Tunisia which had been in place since September 15, 2012. The Department of State periodically reviews its Travel Warnings to ensure that they are up to date. After assessing the current situation in Tunisia, the Department of State determined that circumstances did not merit extending the Travel Warning for Tunisia. –Read more

 

TS Update-(Spring Forecast)

Greetings Expats,

Recently Stratford published a very informative article entitled “Tunisia After the Arab Spring”.  The article contains several key assessments which gives us a good idea about the challenges that Tunisia may experience.

Here are the points that I highlighted while reading the article:  

  • Militant activity & public unrest will remain the biggest challenges to Tunisia’s upcoming permanent government (national elections expected before 2015).
  • 3 plus years without a permanent government + slow economic progress means we are likely to see more protests, unrest, and clashes with police.
  • Overall the risk of social unrest should remain manageable.
  • (Wildcard):  Libya’s continuing destabilization will affect Tunisia security
  • Cooperation with the United States & Algeria will work to counter the developing situation in Libya.
  • However, the occasional militant attack whether attempted or successful will become part of Tunisia’s post Arab Spring reality.

Informed & Engaged

Overall it seems like Tunisia is moving in a positive direction but there are many challenges ahead.  As expats our best friends remain information & community.  Let’s continue to network & share information.

 

 

TS Update-(Spring Security)

Greetings Expats,

Spring is in the air and Tunisia’s beauty is beginning to bloom.  Time to travel (smartly) and explore (safely).

Travel Advise

Expect additional checkpoints throughout the country especially if you’re traveling through the interior parts or south.  Most embassies continue to advise their nationals to avoid areas south of and including the towns of Nefta, Douz, Medenine and Zarzis, however we know that many tourist/expats are going to places like Douz and having a great time.

The key to having a safe & enjoyable time is to pre-plan & activate your security mind while exploring.

Explore with Confidence 

We will continue to see more operations such as the one that took place on Monday (17/3), where Tunisian security forces raided a house in northwest Jendouba.  It is important to remain aware of these incidents to make rapid & practical travel adjustments.

Tunisia is making great efforts to revive their tourism sector.  The ongoing stability and security improvements are definitely helping them get back to becoming the jewel of the Mediterranean.

Let’s keep sharing information and feel free to follow us on our Facebook Page or Twitter for daily updates.

TS Update-(Spring Security)

Greetings Expats,

Spring is in the air and Tunisia’s beauty is beginning to bloom.  Time to travel (smartly) and explore (safely).

Travel Advise

Expect additional checkpoints throughout the country especially if you’re traveling through the interior parts or south.  Most embassies continue to advise their nationals to avoid areas south of and including the towns of Nefta, Douz, Medenine and Zarzis, however we know that many tourist/expats are going to places like Douz and having a great time.

The key to having a safe & enjoyable time is to pre-plan & activate your security mind while exploring.

Explore with Confidence 

We will continue to see more operations such as the one that took place on Monday (17/3), where Tunisian security forces raided a house in northwest Jendouba.  It is important to remain aware of these incidents to make rapid & practical travel adjustments.

Tunisia is making great efforts to revive their tourism sector.  The ongoing stability and security improvements are definitely helping them get back to becoming the jewel of the Mediterranean.

Let’s keep sharing information and feel free to follow us on our Facebook Page or Twitter for daily updates.

TS Update-(Carrefour Strike)

Greetings Expats,

FYI- Carrefour personnel are observing a 3-day strike starting today. Several police forces are deployed on the scene as the situation may escalate mainly by opportunists living in the surrounding areas.  Our security network is recommending that people avoid Carrefour during the weekend as a simple precautionary measure.
These strikes highlight the importance of sharing information as we are seeing more and more of them each time with short advance notice.
Feel free to share any updates and we would love to hear how you avoid Carrefour as an Expat.  Where do you shop?  Let’s share our tips with Expats who think that Carrefour is the only shopping alternative in Tunis.
Have a nice weekend.

TS Update-(Fuel Strike Update)

Greetings,
 
Good news is that many stations are working, but we could see this again in the near future so remember to keep your vehicles at good fuel levels. 
 
As of right now the following stations  are fully operational:  
Hedi Laâbidi, Rue de Carthage, Mohamed 5, Olympic City, the southern entrance to the capital, the Berges du Lac, Z4, Mornag Boumhel, Sidi Bou Said, Hammam Lif, Yasminat, Ennasr, Sidi Amor Boukhtiwa and Ariana.
Feel free to share your tips on getting fuel…
Let’s keep sharing information.

 

TS Update-( Le Kram + Security Notes)

Greetings Expats,

I wanted to share some updates regarding the developing situation in Le Kram and other notes to consider as the weather gets better.

Situation in Le Kram 

During the month of March we will continue to see a heavy security presence in the city of Le Kram.  We may also see similar situations unfolding in other neighborhoods with salafists supporters.  That being the case, we will continue to see more vehicle checks & additional security in and around the Le Kram area to include La Marsa, Carthage, Sidi Daoud, and Lac.

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Le Kram- Attention on Ave. Mohamed 5

Travel Awareness-Avoiding hot spots 

As you make your road trip plans:  Keep in mind the neighborhoods in which salafists activities are likely: Ettadhamen, Intilaka, Jebel Lahmar, Ouradia, Raoued, Borj Chekir, and Le Kram.

Security Article Week:  “Arab Spring will fail unless Tunisia transition succeeds by John Irish on Reuters… READ ARTICLE

Security Radar- What’s next?  

It can be said that during the past 2 months, Tunisia Security Forces have been on the offensive and actively pursing militant cells throughout the country.  During the coming months this trend is likely to increase.

Additionally, during the last few days, unemployed protesters have clashed with Tunisian security forces in the central Gafsa region.  While it is true that this city is 350K south of Tunis, mass protests over the economy is something to monitor.

Driving in Tunisia-Safety First 

I’ve said it many times:  Driving remains your number one safety risk in Tunisia.  Check out this video and watch how a large size bus in Bizerte comes down the street without a driver!  As expats we see amazing things everyday on the roads in Tunis so remember to drive safely.

 

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That’s it for now…remember Situational Awareness First & let’s stay connected.