Tunisia Warnings and Dangers

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Tunisia Warnings and Dangers

  • beware of scams

    I was warned that a couple of scams that happen on the street are that somebody would pick up s coin in front of you a £ or a euro, they would then ask if you could change it for them. whilst you are getting your money out they would snatch your purse.I didn't see this happen but our rep told me it had happened a couple of times in the summer when...

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  • If Your Not Into Trouble, Then Don't...

    Loved Tunisia. Felt comfortable all over. Also, they have a "TON" of security posted all over the city of Tunis and countryside. Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and...

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  • Women Be Careful!!!

    As a women travelling "unescorted", you have to be very cautious in Tunisia. I think this is very important advice especially if you are travelling outside of the normal tourist destinations such as Sousse. The Tunisian men are very forward, apparently they think all American girls are pretty easy and will kiss just about anyone who asks. This...

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  • certain places you cannot take...

    There are signs posted along certain streches of road of a camera with a red circle and a line through it. If you come across these you are most likely close to a government or military facitlity, they do not allow you to photograph them.

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  • Dinars

    You can't take any dinars out of Tunisia. That's fair enough...and it's made very clear to you.At Monastir airport there is a customs man (after passport control) who asks if you have any dinars left. I did have a 10-dinar note. He was happy enough for me to spend it on a (grossly over-priced) beer, change given in GBP coins....but I don't know...

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  • Don't expect it to be like home.

    Tunisia is another country, with another culture, other ways of doing things, other priorities, other perceptions, other traditions.I got very annoyed indeed by fellow British holidaymakers whinging about untidiness, litter, 'scruffy' buildings, driving habits, perceived 'rudeness' and so on and so forth. Yes, there is a lot of litter everywhere...

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  • 'Men only' areas...

    We (myself and my girlfriend) were in Tunisia in June, had a great time, and had no problems with sharing accommodation, no troubles in any of the more 'touristy' areas either. Tunisians seem a lot more open to Western ways that some other North-African countries, but i would advise caution when going to outside cafes away from tourist areas. You...

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  • Henna 'artists'

    Do not have henna tattoos done on holiday even if you are given a test spot that does not react overnight a lot of people doing henna use what is known as black henna which the reactions to can come up to three weeks later it can cause severe allergic reactions which include, itching, loss of skin and even scarring, i know this from personal...

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  • Taxi drivers!

    One word: Buggers. They run their business in a very Tunisian way, which means to rip off tourists. They give you a ridicules quote at the beginning of the trip and if you don’t agree they’ll take you the longest route possible (with the taximeter on, funnily enough) just to show that they’re right. Be patient then, and stick with your price. All...

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  • Enthusiastic Shopkeepers

    When wandering through the Medina's of almost all the cities in Tunisia, be aware of getting 'hijacked' by the shop owners. Their produce is the same as anywhere else, but they're incredibly... well, i don't even know the word to describe them... 'annoying', would be close... 'persistent' would also be accurate... though 'painful' might be the best...

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  • How to avoid police controls

    There are a lot of police controls especially along the frontier with Algeria and on the road Libya-Tunis. They ask you basically your passports and car documents but it’s boring because maybe they can stop you 2-3 times during a same trip and they make you loose time with stupid questions. I don’t know for which reason you would like to avoid them...

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  • How to Stay Safe in your Hotel

    Some safety measures being taken may increase the sucess of your trip without any incident. On your arrival do never forget, to locate imediately all the fire exits, elevators and public phones nearby of your room.Be sure that your room has a dead bolt, a chain, and a regular door lock. Always keep the door closed and locked and never open it...

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  • The so-called traveling diarrhoea

    The phenomenon of a diarrhoea in the course of the travel is known already since centuries, a diarrhoea occur in the half of the tourists in the first fortnight of the travel averagely at least one times. Generally a mild disease cease automatically within five days usually.The countries may assign in three groups according to the risk. I. Areas...

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  • Desert traveling

    Traveling alone in Tunisia, without native guides, is not that safe anymore as it used to be. I do not want to scare you, but I will just remind you that two tourists from my country, Austria, thought like you: They left Matmata to travel "off the beaten track" with a jeep until they were kidnapped by the Mujahedin in February 2008. They were not...

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  • Holidays in Tunisia during Ramadan

    It depends on where you go. I mean if you go to touristic places like Tunis, Sousse or Hammamet you ll find everything opened. But if you re looking for off the beaten path destinations like small villages, everything is a little dead in these days and bars, restaurants are closed during the day. You won't have any problem if you want to visit...

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  • Medinas

    Take care within the Medina by the souvenir shops as they can be quite intimidating and get out into the less busy alleyways and witness the daily life that goes on. Also make sure you have a map with you as you will get lost! Most of the alleys and passageways have their names in both Arabic and French so it shouldn't be hard to find where you are...

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  • Guys wanting drinks

    Whilst having a quiet cup of coffee at the Cafe de Paris in Tunis one evening, I was approched by 2 guys sitting at separate tables who started talking to me which the conversation then led to them wanting me to either buy them a coffee or a beer! The cheek! I told them that they would have to be my friends before they'll get anything out of me!...

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  • Tunisia

    I was surfing on the net when I found this site, I am Mehdy 26 y.o from Tunisia. I saw that many don't know many things about tunisia and they will be here soon.. first don't worry I am sure you will spend nice time here and you will notice that there is a diffenrence between tunisian people and the other arabic ones especially in mentality , we...

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  • TUNISIAN MONEY

    You can only have tunisian dinars in Tunisia and as you may know its forbidden to take tunisian money outside the country.I should use the credit card as much as i can (hotels and only some restaurants) and change some money for the rest of the things. Its very important to keep your receipts because otherwise they won't change you back dinars into...

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  • do not go out at night in two's.

    we were advised on our trip not to leave the complex at night on our own. we were told if we do go out at night go in a group of four or more.tunisian men are very flirty at best and the ones in our hotel were always trying to get my daughter and her freind to go off with them, after work in the early hours of the morning.. i would not allow it but...

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  • Arab tolerance

    I've been to Tunisia more than a dozen times. All in all I’ve been to more than 20 Muslim countries and about half of those have been Arab countries. So what I can tell you is this; of all the Arab countries I’ve been to I definitely, absolutely, undoubtedly feel safest in Tunisia. Tunisians are not aggressive people. They are (for the most part),...

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  • Mosquitoes

    Using anything scented, even soap can attract mosquitoes, Citronella usually deters the blighters, but if you get bitten try using Tiger balm to stop the itch, as scratching only makes it worse. Also avoid exposing your ankles in the evening. you can also light some citronella incense in your room to deter them.

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  • Be aware of bazaaris

    I have been to Morocco but nothing compares to Tunisia. I fell for the trick of a thief who claimed to be the "waiter" of my hotel on Djerba. (A very common trick.) Simply ask the person who claims it for the name of the hotel. – They won't be able to name it and get mad at you...Once in the bazaar, I tried to buy ceramics for 5 times the price it...

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  • Some jewelry is fake

    Not every piece of jewelry you can buy in Tunisia (or elsewhere) is made of sterling silver. Lots and lots of pieces are just coated with a thin micron of silver over cheaper metal, such as copper, so be careful and do not buy such valuable things at Medinas. Whatever trustworthy a merchand may seem to you, be sure not everything he said is true....

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  • camel safaris-trips on...

    please be aware some of the horses used should only be ridden by experienced riders. it doesn't matter if you tell them you don't ride, they'll still put you on the nearest horse. a friend of mine had a nasty injury when she was thrown off a half wild horse. Opt for the carriage ride first, and ask other tourists who rides, and get them to point...

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  • tunisia

    I don't think that there are any Taliban members in Tunisian prisons now. It wouldn't make any sense because there've never been Talibans in Tunisia, not even on the same continent.I'm just thinking it could be a little bit overstated to compare Tunisia with a conflict zone now because of this one single event.It's not really clear yet how this...

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  • Tunisia is SAFE for Travel

    For clarifications purposes on the Austrian Couple kidnapped by the Maghrebian sect of Al Qaida, as I am an American living in Tozeur, Tunisia and there hasn't been any other updates in newspapers and television:The Austrian couple entered Tunisia by boat with their own 4x4 vehicle. They were last seen in Matmata, from where they ventured into the...

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  • unwanted guides

    As soon as a guy comes up to you and determines what language you speak and tells you he has a cousin living in your country, you've already begun tumbling into the clutches of the unwanted guide. Some of them claim they saw you at your hotel or some such.As soon as a person starts walking beside you and telling you about whatever is around you, or...

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  • Taking pictures

    It is ABSOLUTELY forbidden to take pictures of the Presidential Palace in Tunis, somewhere near Sidi Bou Said by the way, or any state/military institution or a police officer. So be serious. Don't do that!

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  • The Dangers of Desert Travel

    Off-road desert adventures are an activity that is popular among visitors to the Sahara Desert in southern Tunisia. Because of the dangers of desert travel, anyone wishing to participate in an off-road trip should go with an experienced guide. Otherwise, getting stranded in the desert can be fatal. It is easy to lose a sense of direction,...

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  • Taxis

    Although the taxis in tunisia can be great value for money, they can also be a hassle and con you out of your money. Unlike in englan, taxis go trawling the streets for custom rather than being in ranks, and we were frequently followed down the street by taxis trying to get us to let them take us where we wanted to be. Another thing to be wary of...

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  • Leary men!!

    One thing I got a lot of hassle from was the Tunisian men. I was followed around, shouted at accross the street, stared at and even proposed to in the middle of a restaurant! They don't have any respect and even having my boyfriend with me acted as not deterrant. As one man oput it, if you arn't married, it doesn't count.

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  • Shops

    All you have to do is walk past shops to get hassle. The shop owners stand outside and try and sell you what ever they suspect you may be interested in, claiming that things are 'very cheap!' The best thing we found was just to not give them eye contact or speak to them at all and they soon get bored.

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  • Free Gifts!

    On several occasions we had items thrust into our hands on the pretence that it is a 'gift' to welcome you to the country. However, these people will not leave you alone until you pay up. On one occasion I got out of a taxi and as I stood up a man put a necklace over my head. I tried to take it off to give it back to him and he forceably stopped me...

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  • Be prepared for Accidents and/or...

    Be prepared for Accidents and/or Emergencies on Holiday......It can happen to anyone of us and you should take all necessary precautions before travelling to an unfamiliar destination.There is a great website that is able to help you take preventative measures or to at least have as much necessary information to hand as possible, just in case the...

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  • When shopping in Tunisia

    When you are in Tunisia, and you want to buy something from the shops, be careful with the prices they charge you, as they always try to rip you off. Always try to get the prices down & if they keep pushing leave the item and walk away. they will try to call you back offering a better price, but never go back just keep walking until you find the...

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  • Warning for females

    When you are visiting Tunisia, be careful as a female by yourself. Lots of these Tunisian guys will follow you and try to get a date or something, no matter what age you are. Even when you are in group they bother you! So, be careful and keep your eyes open for people like that. They can be very pushy. When I went I was only young and when me and...

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  • Tunis

    We had the most horrifying time in Tunis. I have travelled a lot and lived in developing countries and am not a naiive tourist, but I was still shocked by how awful Tunis was.I was mugged on the train from Carthage back to Tunis at about 5pm. To make things worse, on the way to the police station I witnessed a Tunisian lady being knocked down...

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  • Keep hold of your stuff

    The whole place seems full of tea leaves. When your out and about the stop you and pretend to be a waiter from your hotel. As if.I left my bag in the hotel foyer - it was discovered by staff about an hour later whilst we were on a trip. When I collected it , the bag was ok but my camera had been stolen.

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  • pick pockets and beggars

    pickpockets are common in all the medinas,when you visit these places try and be with someone else and keep your wallet in your front pocket ladies keep your handbags across your body in front of you and be vigilant!!beggars seem to be everywhere where there are large numbers of tourists if you give to one they all want.

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  • Be careful what you photograph

    Visitors should not take pictures of anything connected with the Tunisian Military. Even taking pictures of buildings connected with politics might cause you problems. The Presidential Palace at Carthage is a good example of this. Unfortunately this is situated next to the beautiful Roman Baths so it‘s very hard not to point your camera in that...

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  • Young children begging from travellers

    Travellers in Tunisia are often approached by children, who ask for sweets, Dinars, or quite often, pens. (I've no idea why pens are so popular with Tunisian kids)Guide books discourage you from giving to the kids as it sends the wrong message out - i.e. of the western traveller who is there to give you stuff. More seriously, some of these kids are...

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  • Delays at the Airport

    If you are arriving to or leaving from Tunisia by air make sure you factor in plenty of time for passport checks. We were queuing about 30 minutes on both arrival and departure at Tunis airport. The process was incredibly slow and we were slightly worried we would miss our flight at one stage. It does makes you appreciate the fast EU passport...

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  • Street Names & Signs in Arabic

    Navigating Tunisia's cities can occasionally be difficult, especially if you don't read Arabic as in many cities and towns some of the street names are in Arabic only. As we were travelling by car it often took us as a while to work out where we were going, especially in some of the bigger cities. Kairouan was particularly difficult and we circled...

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  • Watch Those Prices

    On our first day in Tozeur I remember we bought a bottle of water at a small shop which cost us 1 Dinar. The following day, at the same shop, it cost us 0.5 Dinar. Now I’d like to think he undercharged us the second day but I think it’s clear we had been ripped off the first day We’re only talking about 40 pence versus 20 pence, but it's the...

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