Tunisia and Egypt – two of the most attractive target for vactions in North Africa. After terrorism acts in Tunisia (26th of June 2015, 38 foreign tourist were killed) and news 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 – wonderland for tourists, warm sea, marvelous sights, lots of luxury hotels.
Tourism is very important for Tunisia, because it provides 6,5 % of its GDP. Nowadays Tunisian experts do whatever they can to persuade people to keep coming to the country (there are lot of police patrols on the streets and public service announcement in the newspapers). Unfortunately 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 districts, which are visited by plenty of people (hotels, shopping centers, tourists sites and restaurants). Travelers have to stay focused and constantly carry a copy of their passport in case of uncertain positions. Nowadays vacation in Tunisia are low-cost, but they are also a lottery: you can go there and have a awesome time, but also you can get injured lying on the beach or visiting the monuments.
Egypt – country of Sphinx and ancient history, dream of many foreign tourists. In Egypt situation is safer than in Tunisia. The possibility of terrorism attack is smaller than in other countries in the locality, but the political scene is unsteady. There have been strikes since 2011. They can occur without warning anywhere in Egypt (in big towns like Cairo and Alexiandria – tourism cities, but also in Luxor, Fayoum, Ismailia and other).
Strikes are mostly peaceful, but they can also be very troubling, you can’t envision 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 finished sit-in strike in Cairo (many people were killed). Being in Egypt tourists have to follow the news on television, radio and Internet. It is advisable to take local guide to see the pyramids and other ancient attractions. Seaside resorts are mostly secured, although you should be heedful. Nowadays travelling to North Africa is economical, but not reliable. There is a high threat from terrorism in Egypt and in Tunisia. It is believed that terrorists will go on attacks. It is not desirable to go there in imminent time.