Outbound Travel Alert  

Country OTA currently in force Supplementary Information


Residents who intend to visit the country or are already there should monitor the situation, exercise caution, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people. Southern Tunisia, including areas along the borders with Algeria and Libya, and Chaambi Mountain National Park area should be avoided because of the unpredictable security situation. Those already there should exercise high degree of caution and monitor local announcements on the latest situation. Residents in Tunisia who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit (AHU) of the Immigration Department at (852)1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy in Tunisia at consular protection hotline: (216)98463848.

  • On 27 June 2019, two explosions occurred in the capital Tunis, resulting in casualties.

  • Tunisia is now under the state of emergency. The Tunisian authorities have extended the national state of emergency many times since it was first imposed in November 2015. Security forces remain on a high state of alert.

  • On 29 October 2018, an explosion occurred in the capital Tunis, causing serious injuries.

  • On 8 July 2018, the Tunisian security forces were attacked by militants in the Jendouba province near Algeria border, resulting in casualties.

  • In early March 2016, attacks and clashes occurred between militants and the Tunisian security forces in Ben Guerdane near Libyan border, resulting in casualties.

  • On 24 November 2015, an explosion hit a bus reported to be carrying presidential guards in the capital Tunis, resulting in casualties. The Tunisian authorities declared a state of emergency for the whole country for 30 days and the capital was under curfew. The curfew was lifted in mid-December 2015, and the national state of emergency was extended a few times.

  • On 2 October 2015, the Tunisian authorities lifted the state of emergency for the country.

  • On 6 September 2015, the Tunisian authorities warned of possible car bomb attacks in the capital Tunis. Security arrangements had been stepped up.

  • On 4 July 2015, the Tunisian authorities declared a state of emergency for the whole country for 30 days, giving security forces more powers and limiting the right of public assembly. The state of emergency was extended for a further 2 months effective from 3 August 2015.

  • On 26 June 2015, gunmen attacked a beach near the tourist resort of Sousse, resulting in serious casualties including tourists.

  • On 18 March 2015, gunmen attacked the Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis, killing and injuring a number of people including tourists.

  • In late October 2013, a suicide bomber detonated himself in the tourist resort of Sousse. There were no other casualties.

  • In late July 2013, sparked by a politician being killed, protests occurred in the capital, Tunis, and other cities in Tunisia. There were general strikes throughout the country and some flights were affected.

  • In early February 2013, demonstrations occurred in various parts of the country, including the capital, Tunis. It was reported that general strikes had been announced throughout the country.

    [ current OTA issued on 8 April 2011, 18:45 ]

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    Outbound Travel Alert of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (Chinese only)

    Travel Advisories of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (English only)

    Travel Reports and Warnings of Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (English only)

    Travelling and Living Overseas of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (English only)

    Travel Health News from Travel Health Service of the Department of Health

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