Tunisia Travel Alerts and Warnings

Check this page regularly for alerts and warnings that affect travel to Tunisia.

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State of Emergency - October 2018

Since the country was impacted by several terror related incidents in June 2015; the Tunisian government declared a state of emergency which has been extended several times. In early October 2018. the government extended it by a month. 

Is It Safe to Go to Tunisia?

The problem with terror attacks aside from the horrific carnage they afflict on innocent people, is that they are almost impossible to detect when they will occur.

We advise taking caution if you are thinking of traveling to Tunisia - and a number of government travel advisories have highlighted this.

But it's up to all of us to do our own research and weigh up any potential risks before traveling to any country.

Am I Covered to go to Tunisia?

Good question, and as always with travel insurance the answer is “depends”. It depends on the policy you have, the level of cover you've taken out, what happens, what official warnings are issued and what the consequences are for you.

Although some rough guidelines:

  • If you are injured during a terror attack, and if the situation was our of your control, chances are you will be covered under your policy for medical expenses.
  • If you are about to travel to a destination that has just endured a terror attack, and want to cancel, chances are you will not be covered for any expenses lost. You will need to contact your tour operator, hotel provider, or airline to seek reimbursement.

What to do in a Terror Attack

Make yourself aware of a few tips on what to do if you're unfortunate enough to be caught up in a terror attack.

  • Stay within the confines of your residence or accommodation
  • Do not go out into the public streets
  • Be alert to local news developments
  • Adhere to any imposed curfews or security restrictions
  • Be aware of unusual behaviour or devices and report them to police or security personnel promptly
  • If you are in a building located close to the site of a terrorist attack, stay away from the windows
  • If in the vicinity of an attack, do not stay to watch what is happening, as you will only get in the way of the emergency services. There is also a risk that additional attacks may occur.

If There's a Bomb Blast

  • Leave the area as soon as possible
  • Don'tt run you may be suspected as the bomber. If you are in a crowd, stay at the fringes
  • Stay clear of glass shop fronts
  • If you are injured attend to yourself before others
  • Obey all instructions and orders that are given by local authorities such as police
  • Make your way to a pre planned secure area
  • If you return to your hotel stay away from the windows
  • Listen to television and radio reports or check online for information (where possible)
  • Contact family or friends and let them know your situation
  • Write down what you saw before and after the blast it may help the authorities in their investigation.

If You Are Injured

If you are injured or become ill please seek medical aid and contact your 24-hour Medical Assistance Service (numbers below).

Be aware that any functioning hospitals and clinics will be busy caring for large numbers of people who have been injured in the incident.

Preparing for Terrorism

  • Before visiting a country where there is a risk of terrorism, obtain as much information on that country particularly any areas which are advised as 'Do Not Travel" or 'Reconsider all but essential travel"
  • When you arrive, stay away from those areas that may have been the target of terrorism in the past
  • Identify the main tourist areas and try to stick to those which are most secure
  • Make yourself aware of your surroundings and the people around you
  • Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations should they occur
  • Know the telephone numbers of local police, hospitals and your Embassy
  • If you are with friends, identify a rendezvous point to meet should there be an incident
  • Prepare a plan to evacuate should there be an incident
  • Know the telephone numbers of local transport and hire car companies.

Emergency Assistance

It's important to remember that the situation you are in can be extremely stressful.

Call home and your country's Consulate or Embassy to let them know where you are, if you are alright and if you need any assistance.

Call the emergency assistance hotline for your travel insurance company should you need immediate attention.

For World Nomads customers, call the emergency assistance hotlines should you need help. Please have your name, location and phone number ready when you call (and policy number if available).

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