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Travelling to North Africa – safe or not – query about touristry

Tunisia and Egypt – two of the most popular destinations 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 a lot of Europeans are wondering is it clear to choose these countries for their vacations. Tunisia – paradise for tourists, warm climate, beautiful sights, lots of richness hotels.

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Author: Nicolas Raymond
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Tourism is extremelyserious thing for Tunisia, cause it provides 6,5 % of its GDP. Nowadays Tunisian authorities do whatever they can to convince 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 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). Tourists have to stay focused and always carry a copy of their passport in case of fickle positions. Nowadays trips to Tunisia are very cheap, but they are also a lottery: you can go there and have a wonderful time, but also you can get injured lying on the beach or visiting the gallery.

Egypt – country of Sphinx 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 region, but the governmental scene is unsteady. There have been protests since 2011. They can become without warning anywhere in Egypt (in big towns like Cairo and Alexiandria – tourism places, but also in Luxor, Fayoum, Ismailia and other).

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Protests are mostly peaceful, but they can also be very dangerous, you can’t envision people’s performance 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 finished sit-in manifestation in Cairo (many people were killed). Being in Egypt tourists should follow the news on television, radio and Internet. It is advisable to take local guide to see the Sphinx and other historical attractions. Seaside resorts are mostly secured, although you should be heedful. Nowadays travelling to North Africa is low-cost, 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 desirable to go there in imminent time.

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