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

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

Author: Nicolas Raymond
Tourism is veryserious thing for Tunisia, cause it provides 6,5 % of its GDP. Nowadays Tunisian experts do whatever they can to persuade tourists to keep coming to the country (there are lot of police patrols on the streets and public service announcement in the papers). Sadly 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 areas, which are visited by plenty of people (hotels, shopping centers, tourists sites and restaurants). Visitiors have to stay focused and constantly carry a copy of their passport in case of uncertain cases. Nowadays trips to Tunisia are very economical, but they are still a lottery: you can go there and have a awesome time, but also you can get wounded lying on the beach or visiting the gallery.

Egypt – country of Sphinx and ancient history, dream of many foreign travelers. In Egypt situation is safer than in Tunisia. The possibility of terrorism attack is smaller than in other countries in the area, but the political situation is unstable. There have been demonstrations since 2011. They can become without warning anywhere in Egypt (in big cities like Cairo and Alexiandria – tourism places, but also in Luxor, Fayoum, Ismailia and other).

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Author: Jorge from Brazil
Demonstrations are often peaceful, but they can also be very risky, you can’t envision people’s behaviour at those meetings. Police may use water cannon, tear gas, birdshot and live ammunition to control the crowd. On 14 August 2013 security forces brutally finished sit-in manifestation in Cairo (many people were killed). Being in Egypt travelers have to follow the news on television, radio and Internet. It is advisable to take local guide to visit the pyramids and other historical attractions. Seaside resorts are mostly secured, although you should be heedful. Nowadays travelling to northern countries of Africa is low-cost, but not reliable. There is a high threat from terrorism in Egypt and in Tunisia. It is believed that terrorists will go on attacks. It is not advisable to go there in nearest time.