Tunisia back on the market as FCO updates advice

Tunisia back on the market as FCO updates advice

Tour operators are beginning to return to Tunisia after the Foreign Office rescinded advice against travelling to the North African destination.

In January days of political unrest culminated in the departure of former president Ben Ali. A state of emergency was subsequently declared, with tourists urged to avoid the country.

However, street protests and violence have now dissipated, with holidaymakers beginning to make a return.

“While it is possible to have a trouble free visit to Tunisia all travellers must be aware of the current political and security situation,” read a statement from the Foreign Office.

“British Nationals in Tunisia should take responsibility for their own security, monitor the situation closely, stay away from demonstrations and large gatherings of people, public buildings, exercise caution, and observe instructions given by local security authorities and tour operators.”

Tourist areas – including Port El Kantaoui – have been unscathed by political violence

The decision has been welcomed by the Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO).

“During the last month Tunisia has experienced a period of political unrest and great change, however the situation has now calmed down, and we are pleased to see that the FCO has changed their advice accordingly,” said TNTO UK & Ireland director Anissa Ramoundi.

“With free elections in sight and a more open and liberal government in the making Tunisians are now optimistic about the future.

In line with Egypt, which has also seen political unrest spill over into the streets, popular tourist areas in Tunisia have been relatively unaffected.

“The tourist areas of Yasmine Hammamet and Port El Kantaoui were never at the heart of the protests, and Tunisians in these areas are looking forward to getting back to work and making sure our visitors have wonderful holidays,” concluded Ms Ramoundi.