Information for British nationals in Tunisia

Monday 17, January 2011


Information for British nationals in Tunisia


In light of recent developments, Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Tunisia. British nationals are advised to leave Tunisia unless they have a pressing need to remain.


There have been demonstrations, some violent, in multiple locations across the country, including Tunis, Sousse, Sfax, Nabul, Hammamet, Douze, Kasserine, Requeb and Thia. The situation is unpredictable and there is the potential for violence to flare up, raising the risk of getting caught up in demonstrations. Looting and violence has continued overnight (15-16 January), including in residential areas. Large-scale demonstrations, some violent, and further looting are still possibe in multiple locations across the country. 


British nationals in Tunisia should follow developments closely and stay in touch with their tour operator. Tunisian airspace was re-opened after being closed when the State of Emergency was declared. British Nationals who have a confirmed flight and have not heard from their airline should check with them to confirm whether flights will leave.


You should respect advice or instructions given by the local security authorities, and avoid rallies and demonstrations. A nightly curfew has been imposed in the Greater Tunis area between the hours of 18:00 and 05:00. Local curfews may be imposed in other areas of the country too. These remain in force until further notice and could be subject to change. British Nationals are advised to respect the curfew and listen for announcements about any changes to the curfew requirements.


The British Embassy in Tunis is being reinforced by a Rapid Deployment Team to help British Nationals that need consular assistance. If you're in Tunisia and need help please call Foreign and Commonwealth Office on: +216 71 108 713.


British nationals travelling independently should monitor the travel advice and the local news for updates. You may also like to register with the British Embassy in Tunis via LOCATE.


For further information, British Nationals should consult the FCO’s Travel Advice for Tunisia. FCO Travel Advice is regularly reviewed and updated.



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