Tourist areas remain open as curfew imposed in Tunis

Tourist areas remain open as curfew imposed in Tunis

Tunisia’s interim government has imposed a night-time curfew in the capital Tunis after police tear gassed protestors in the city on consecutive days at the end of last week.

The curfew was imposed on Saturday, but does not affect tourist areas. It applies between 9pm and 5am until further notice.

The UK Foreign Office (FC) is not advising against travel to Tunis and reports tourist areas operating as normal. However, the FCO issued a warning on Friday against all travel within 25 miles of the border with Libya, where there have been reports of shooting and shelling across the border and Libyan refugees are attempting to flee.

Tunisia is preparing for elections in July following the overthrow of former president Ben Ali in January – the so-called Jasmine Revolution that marked the beginning of uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East.

The UK’s major tour operators resumed charter flights to Tunisia in early March.

The country’s interior ministry issued an apology for the police response to protests on Friday.


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