Excursion to North Africa – protected or not – inquiry about touristry

Tunisia and Egypt – two of the most attractive destinations for summer 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 clear to choose these countries for their vacations. Tunisia – wonderland for tourists, warm climate, marvelous beaches, lots of luxury hotels.

Author: Nicolas Raymond
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Tourism is extremelyserious thing for Tunisia, cause it provides 6,5 % of its GDP. Nowadays Tunisian experts do whatever they can to persuade people to keep coming to the country (there are lot of police patrols on the streets and public service announcement in the media). Unfortunately for them most of the European ministries of foreign affairs predict 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 areas, which are visited by large numbers of people (hotels, shopping centers, tourists sites and restaurants). Tourists have to stay focused and always carry a copy of their passport in case of unpredictable cases. Nowadays holidays in Tunisia are low-cost, but they are also a lottery: you can go there and have a brilliant time, but also you can get injured lying on the beach or visiting the museum.

Egypt – country of pyramids and ancient history, wish of many foreign tourists. In Egypt situation is more stable than in Tunisia. The risk of terrorism attack is smaller than in other countries in the region, but the governmental scene is unstable. There have been strikes since 2011. They can become without sign anywhere in Egypt (in big cities like Cairo and Alexiandria – tourism places, but also in Luxor, Fayoum, Ismailia and other).

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Protests are often peaceful, but they can also be very risky, you can’t envision people’s nature at those meetings. Police may use water cannon, tear gas, birdshot and live ammunition to control the crowd. On 14 August 2013 security forces cruelly ended sit-in protest in Cairo (many people were killed). Being in Egypt visitors should follow the news on television, radio and Internet. It is advisable to take local guide to see the pyramids and other historical attractions. Seaside resorts are mostly secured, although you should be thoughtful. Nowadays travelling to northern countries of Africa is economical, but not reliable. There is a high risk from terrorism in Egypt and in Tunisia. It is believed that terrorists will continue attacks. It is not advisable to go there in nearest time.