DFA Travel Advice re Tunisia - Tullys Travel

DFA Travel Advice re Tunisia

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Following consultations and consideration of the security situation in Tunisia, Irish citizens are being advised to avoid non-essential travel to Tunisia in light of increased security concerns.

We are encouraging any Irish visitors to Tunisia to review whether their presence in Tunisia is essential and, where it is not, we are advising them to leave by commercial means.

Any Irish citizens in Tunisia who are not yet registered with the Department but who plan to remain in Tunisia are advised to register without delay.

Security status

If you’re planning a trip to Tunisia, we advise you to exercise caution.

Specifically, we advise against all travel to:

  • the Chaambi Mountain National Park area
  • the crossing points on the Algerian border at Ghardimaou, Hazoua and Sakiet Sidi Youssef.
  • the militarized zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba
  • within 5km of the Libya border area from north of Dhehiba up to but not including the Ras Ajdir border crossing.

We also advise against all but essential travel to Tunisia’s Greater South including the areas bordering Libya and Algeria, specifically:

  • areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine, Zarzis (including the Tunisia-Libya border crossing point at Ras Ajdir)
  • within 30km of the border with Algeria south of, and including, the town of Jendouba
  • the governorate of Kasserine, including the town of Sbeitla

Travel alerts

A terrorist attack took place on 18th March 2015 at the Bardo National Museum in central Tunis. 24 people were killed in the attack, including 20 foreign tourists, and many others were injured. The presence of extremist elements in Tunisia, as well as instability in neighbouring Libya, mean that there is a heightened threat of terrorism in Tunisia.

There is a risk of further attacks, which could target tourists. Irish citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness, monitor the local media closely and follow the instructions of the Tunisian authorities and tour operators. Irish citizens in Tunisia should be encouraged to register on our citizens’ registration database so that we can contact them in case of urgency.

Register with us

If you’re visiting or planning to stay in Tunisia, you should register your details with us so we can find you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or if you have a family emergency while you’re abroad. And, if necessary, we can offer help to you and your family.

Our advice

We suggest you learn as much as you can about Tunisia before your trip.

We also recommend reading our Know Before You Go travel guide for practical tips on travelling abroad.

Emergency assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Emergency services

Police (Police Secours): 197

Ambulance (SAMU): 190

Fire Brigade: 198

Contact the Embassy

Because there is no Irish Embassy in Tunisia, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Madrid in Spain or the Honorary Consul in Tunisia.

If you have an emergency outside of working hours, please phone Embassy Madrid and leave us a message giving::

  • Your name
  • The nature of your problem
  • Where you are now
  • Your contact details (mobile phone number or phone number of where you’re staying)

We regularly monitor these messages and one of our staff members will be in contact with you. The phones of the Honorary Consulate are not monitored at the weekend.

Other EU embassies

You can also contact the Embassies or Consulates of other EU countries for emergency consular assistance, advice and support.

How we can help you

We have a lot of experience helping Irish citizens who run into problems when they’re abroad. Learn more about the kind of emergency assistance we can offer you

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