Tunisia and Egypt – two of the most popular target for vactions in North Africa. After terrorism acts in Tunisia (26th of June 2015, 38 foreign tourist were killed) and facts about ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) growth a lot of Europeans are wondering is it safe to pick these countries for their vacations. Tunisia – paradise for tourists, warm sea, beautiful sights, lots of richness hotels.
Tourism is highly important for Tunisia, because it provides 6,5 % of its GDP. Nowadays Tunisian authorities do whatever they can to convince tourists to keep coming to the country (there are lot of police patrols on the streets and public service announcement in the media). Sadly for them most of the European ministries of foreign affairs alert 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). Travelers have to stay focused and always carry a copy of their passport in case of unpredictable situations. Nowadays trips to Tunisia are very economical, but they are still a lottery: you can go there and have a brilliant time, but also you can get wounded lying on the beach or visiting the gallery.
Egypt – country of pyramids and ancient history, desire of many foreign tourists. In Egypt situation is more stable than in Tunisia. The risk of terrorism attack is smaller than in another countries in the area, but the governmental situation is unstable. There have been manifestations since 2011. They can occur without sign anywhere in Egypt (in big towns like Cairo and Alexiandria – tourism centers, but also in Luxor, Fayoum, Ismailia and other).
Manifestations are usually peaceful, but they can also be very troubling, you can’t foresee people’s nature 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 ended sit-in protest in Cairo (many people were killed). Being in Egypt visitors 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 North Africa is cheap, but not harmless. There is a high risk from terrorism in Egypt and in Tunisia. It is believed that terrorists will go on attacks. It is not desirable to go there in nearest time.