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Reviewed: 26 January 2009, 13:52 NZDT
Still current at: 22 May 2013
There is high risk to your security in the areas bordering Algeria due to the risk of kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to these areas. In February 2008, two Austrian tourists were kidnapped in the south of Tunisia close to the border with Algeria. The tourists were released in October 2008.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time and may be directed at locations known to be frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. New Zealanders in Tunisia are advised to exercise caution in public places and maintain a high level of personal security awareness.
In January 2007, Tunisian authorities disrupted a terrorist group south of Tunis, killing 12 of the group and arresting 15. It is believed the group were planning attacks against Western interests.
In April 2002, terrorists used a car bomb to attack a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba killing a number of Western tourists.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Tunisia should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Tunisia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Page last updated: 02 April 2013