Tunisia Travel Advisory: October 19, 2012

The Department of State cautions U.S. citizens of the dangers of travel to Tunisia. This is an update to the information on the current security situation in Tunisia posted on September 15, 2012. The warning is to inform the possibility violent demonstrations.

On September 14, 2012 the Department of State commanded the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government individuals from Tunisia, after the attack on the U.S. Embassy and the American Cooperative School in Tunis. While the Consular Section is open for public services, the Embassy’s ability to handle emergencies involving U.S. citizens throughout Tunisia is constrained.

The security circumstances in Tunisia remain chaotic. Episodes of civil unrest have happened throughout the country. U.S. citizens should avoid large groups and demonstrations as even demonstrations that start out as calm can become dangerous. U.S. citizens should be cautious of their surroundings and keep aware all times, and should regularly keep up with media coverage. U.S. citizens within Tunisia should make have emergency procedures, enlist their presence in Tunisia through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and give their contact information to the embassy.

The Embassy is situated 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.

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