TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)

Greetings Expats,

During the last few months we’ve seen a barrage of positive news regarding Tunisia.  The media-hype is backed up by a real measurable difference in terms of security improvements on the ground.  Still, security analysts remain cautious because a. Tunisia is going through a major transition and b. the deteriorating situation in Libya.

The U.S. Embassy recently updated their Safety & Security section regarding Tunisia. Here are the 3 points that caught my attention:

  1. While the Tunisian government has renewed its commitment and effectiveness in addressing security concerns over the past year, challenges remain.
  2. The ability of Tunisian Ministry of Interior forces to control civil unrest and demonstrations since a 2012 attack on U.S. Embassy Tunis and the nearby American Cooperative School of Tunis has improved.
  3. Terrorism also remains an increasingly significant concern.  Tunisian nationals have been involved in international terrorism and international terrorist organizations have on multiple occasions called for attacks in North Africa, including Tunisia.

Expat Awareness

The embassy does a good job of providing readers with practical security advise.  Being aware of our surroundings, staying informed, and avoiding areas where demonstrations take place are all easy yet effective things that we can do to strengthen our security setup.

Wednesday, April 9th is Martyrs’ day, a day in which Tunisians mark the massacre of the country’s nationalists by French troops in 1938.  Last year, we witnessed many demonstrations so it’s important that we remain security conscious as we make our plans to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re being spoiled with these days.

Let’s stay in touch and continue to share practical & relevant information.

 

Disclaimer:  Please note that this post is for informational use only and not affiliated with the U.S. embassy in Tunis.  

Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)

Greetings Expats,

During the last few months we’ve seen a barrage of positive news regarding Tunisia.  The media-hype is backed up by a real measurable difference in terms of security improvements on the ground.  Still, security analysts remain cautious because a. Tunisia is going through a major transition and b. the deteriorating situation in Libya.

The U.S. Embassy recently updated their Safety & Security section regarding Tunisia. Here are the 3 points that caught my attention:

  1. While the Tunisian government has renewed its commitment and effectiveness in addressing security concerns over the past year, challenges remain.
  2. The ability of Tunisian Ministry of Interior forces to control civil unrest and demonstrations since a 2012 attack on U.S. Embassy Tunis and the nearby American Cooperative School of Tunis has improved.
  3. Terrorism also remains an increasingly significant concern.  Tunisian nationals have been involved in international terrorism and international terrorist organizations have on multiple occasions called for attacks in North Africa, including Tunisia.

Expat Awareness

The embassy does a good job of providing readers with practical security advise.  Being aware of our surroundings, staying informed, and avoiding areas where demonstrations take place are all easy yet effective things that we can do to strengthen our security setup.

Wednesday, April 9th is Martyrs’ day, a day in which Tunisians mark the massacre of the country’s nationalists by French troops in 1938.  Last year, we witnessed many demonstrations so it’s important that we remain security conscious as we make our plans to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re being spoiled with these days.

Let’s stay in touch and continue to share practical & relevant information.

 

Disclaimer:  Please note that this post is for informational use only and not affiliated with the U.S. embassy in Tunis.  

Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Security Update-Libya-Tunisia border post re-opens after weeks of tension

Date: April 07, 2014

Source:  The Daily Star

Brief:  ZARZIS, Tunisia: The main border crossing between Libya and Tunisia, a gateway for contraband Libyan petrol whose closure nearly a month ago fuelled tensions in southern Tunisia, reopened on Monday. –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.