The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Tunisia. This replaces the Travel Warning dated March 13, 2013 and serves to update information on the continuing potential for demonstrations and unrest in Tunisia, to reiterate information on security incidents, and to provide recommendations on security awareness.
A "state of emergency" declared by the government of Tunisia remains in effect, and the U.S. Embassy continues to operate with limited staffing due to security concerns. On September 14, 2012, violent mobs caused extensive property damage during an attack on the U.S. Embassy and the American Cooperative School of Tunis. During the past year, two prominent Tunisian opposition party leaders were assassinated on separate occasions, February 6 and July 25 respectively, which inspired large though generally peaceful demonstrations throughout the country. Tunisian security forces have also been targeted, including bombs directed against vehicles belonging to security forces. In recent months, Tunisian security forces have conducted raids on locations throughout Tunisia, including greater Tunis, and confiscated illegal arms caches. Several suspects have been arrested or killed during these operations.
Given the unpredictability of the security situation in Tunisia, U.S. citizens should be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. The ability of U.S. government personnel to reach travelers or provide emergency services may be severely limited, since the U.S. Embassy continues to operate with limited staffing. U.S. citizens should also avoid large crowds and demonstrations as even demonstrations that are intended to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. U.S. citizens should exercise caution when frequenting public venues that are known to be visited by large numbers of expatriates. U.S. citizens remaining in Tunisia should make their own contingency emergency plans, enroll their presence in Tunisia through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and provide their current contact information and next-of-kin or emergency contact information. The Embassy also recommends that U.S. citizens regularly monitor the local media for current news and information.
For information on what the Department of State can and can't do in a crisis, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs' Emergencies and Crisis link. Up-to-date information on travel and security in Tunisia can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 08:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, found at travel.state.gov, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook. You can also download our free Smart Traveler App available through iTunes and Google Play to have travel information at your fingertips.
The Embassy is located in the Les Berges du Lac suburb of Tunis. The Embassy telephone number is 216 71 107 000 and the Embassy fax number is 216 71 963 263. The Consular Section can also be contacted by email at ConsularTunis@state.gov.