Tunisia targeted lockdown measures are proving effective

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE:  Tunisia targeted lockdown measures are proving effective as it marked 3 consective days without any new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Source: NFA, May 12, 2020

Employees at a Tunisian factory are churning out 50,000 face masks a day and other protective medical gear.

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey INSIGHT:  Director General of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases Nissaf Ben Alaya said:

“It would take at least 40 days without any new infection to be able to say that Tunisia has gone beyond this phase, due to the fact that the zero case does not mean that the virus no longer exists.”

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT: Tunisia has started to ease lockdown measures, pointing to the relative success of the restrictions it imposed early on in the pandemic.  although schools will largely remain closed until September. Hairdressers officially opened on Monday, while cafes and mosques are due to reopen on 24 May.

Tunisia Receives Drones from China to aid COVID-19 fight

Tunisia’s nationwide lockdown began March 22, when it had just 75 confirmed cases. The UK, by contrast, did not impose a national lockdown until it had over 6,000 cases, while Italy did not go ahead with the measure until it recorded more than 9,000. Tunisia also took the early step of quarantining patients with mild symptoms in designated facilities such as hotels rather than allowing them to isolate at home as in Italy — a policy that doctors now say was a fatal flaw.


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Authorities strictly enforced lockdown measures in high-risk areas, patrolling the streets and even arresting those in violation of quarantine and social distancing regulations.

Civil society groups and private businesses also played an important role in helping fight the virus. Some 150 Tunisian employees of a factory helped make face masks more accessible by self-isolating at their facility in order to produce 50,000 per day. Meanwhile, numerous start-ups and civil society groups mobilized to develop and provide innovative medical protective gear to hospitals and deliver aid packages to those in need.



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Traveling family ‘stuck’ on a Mediterranean island due to Covid-19

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: As the novel coronavirus stops globetrotters and other adventure travelers in their tracks, one French family of nomads is waiting out the lockdown on a Tunisian island in the Mediterranean.

Source: AFP, May 8th 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHTTunisia has officially declared over 600 positive Covid-19 cases, including 25 deaths, since reporting its first case at the beginning of March.

Tunisia has officially declared over 600 positive Covid-19 cases, including 25 deaths, since reporting its first case at the beginning of March.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT: Tunisia started the first stage of the national strategy for a partial lifting of lockdown which includes three phases: from May 4 to 24, from May 24 to June 4, and from June 4 to 14.

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Tunisia RE-OPENS …May the 4th be with them!

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia on Monday relaxed lockdown measures with an initial phase of gradual reopening for the vital sectors of the economy, society and exports.

Source: AAWSAT, May 4th 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: Tunisian officials reported that it had recorded four new COVID-19 infections in the country over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number to 1,013. The health ministry statement noted that 42 people who had tested positive for the virus had died in the country and that 328 have recovered thus far.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT:  Over the last few days there’s been an uptick in civil discontent in response to the government’s COVID-19 response.  While the issue was addressed by government officials, the development adds additional risk to organizations in Tunisia.

COVID-19 will have a NEGATIVE IMPACT on Tunisian Tourism…

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The US embassy is working to schedule one additional repatriation flight for US citizens on May 7. See details here:

At the time of this writing, both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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Tunisia to REOPEN Economy in Stages…

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia to reopen economy in stages…
The lockdown will begin to be eased on May 4. Further easing after May 11 will include clothing shops and malls

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT:  The lockdown will begin to be eased on May 4. Further easing after May 11 will include clothing shops and malls, said Lobna Jribi, the minister in charge of major projects.

Tentative Stages: 

Stage 1 – May 4th- “Essential Workers + Supporting elements”

What you need to know:  On May 4th, a gradual lifting of the confinement measures will take place. The confinement measures will vary slightly from region to region and includes essential workers and workers in supporting ministries & industries.

Stage 2- May 11th “General Public” Re-open

This stage will include the general public including clothing shops, coffee shops and open markets.

Important to NOTE:  The Tunisian government will provide further detail about the new measures before May 4th.  


Security | Free IconSecurity  INSIGHT: The lockdown, according to Health Minister Abdelatif el-Makki has stopped 25,000 cases of the virus and 1,000 deaths.  Tunisia, has about 500 intensive care beds, has confirmed fewer than 1,000 cases in all.


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Annual Jewish pilgrimage to Tunisia’s Ghriba synagogue CANCELED

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Annual pilgrimage to Tunisia’s Ghriba synagogue CANCELED.
Jews gather at the Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia’s Mediterranean resort island of Djerba on the first day of the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the synagogue on May 2, 2018. (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)-Source: TOI April 21, 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: The annual pilgrimage was scheduled for May 7-13.  Hundreds of Israelis, many of them of Tunisian origin, traditionally visit the synagogue for the annual pilgrimage.

The Jewish community on Djerba dates back nearly 2,600 years, much longer than the Christian or Muslim presence on the island.

Security | Free IconSecurity  INSIGHT: Tunisia’s small Jewish community is still recovering from a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda at the synagogue in 2002 that killed 21 people. Before that, some 8,000 pilgrims used to travel to Djerba for the annual celebration.

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VIDEO UPDATE: Tunisia travel…Pre-Flight COVID-19 tests

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Ahead of boarding their Emirates flight from Dubai to Tunisia on April 15th, masked passengers were given blood tests for Covid-19, with results delivered within 10 minutes. Emirates, which claims to be the first airline to perform these tests.

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey INSIGHT: Other airlines are considering different approaches: Earlier this month, Etihad, also based in the United Arab Emirates, announced that it was currently testing new kiosks in Abu Dhabi.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT:  The outbreak is hitting Tunisia’s tourism sector, which represents nearly 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is a key source of foreign currency, particularly hard.

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Tunisia extends COVID-19 LOCKDOWN to May 4th…

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia extends coronavirus lockdown to May 4th

Source: Reuters April 19, 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: The North African country has confirmed 866 cases of the coronavirus and 37 related deaths, and has imposed a lockdown since March. 20.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT:  The outbreak is hitting Tunisia’s tourism sector, which represents nearly 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is a key source of foreign currency, particularly hard.

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TS Update-(Summer Challenges & Beyond)

Greetings Expats,

As we stated in our previous postings, the threat level in Tunisia has increased and the month of Ramadan is proving to be very challenging for Tunisians.  This is a great time for us to review what happened and look beyond.

What’s going on? 

At least 14 Tunisian soldiers were killed when gunmen with rocket-propelled grenade attacked two checkpoints in the Chaambi mountain range.

Tunisian government stated that the attackers are tied to Al-Qaeda’s North Africa wing, known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Minster of Interior Mr. Ben Jeddou stated that since the start of Ramadan they’ve foiled six terrorist operations in  Tunisia.

Short Term=Tourism hit

Mount Chaambi is a war zone so it is very likely that similar incidents will take place.  On a broader level, the last couple of days have been a public relations nightmare for Tunisian tourism.  The Brits took the lead by warning its citizens of a “high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.”

Specifically, the FCO advises against:  “all but essential travel to areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Medenine and Zarzisj, and to within 30km of the border with Algeria from south of the town of Ghardinaou.”

To put it bluntly, this really sucks for Tunisia especially since the number of British visitors to Tunisia reached a new record last year with more than 400,000 visitors.

Long Term=Great Security Challenge 

Here are my top 3 reasons why I think we (Tunisians & Expat Community) have great security challenges ahead:

  1. Parliamentary elections (currently) scheduled to take place on October 26th & Presidential elections on November 23rd
  2. Current situation in Libya
  3. Social-Economic challenges in Tunisia

And as if these weren’t challenging enough we also have to look at even more alarming developments such as “reports indicating the return of Libyan jihadists and others from Tunisia to their countries to create branches of ISIS in North Africa.”

Expat Deep Breath 

Since 2011 we’ve seen how resilient, peaceful, and kind Tunisians are.  We certainly hope for the best for Tunisia but as expats we have to focus on ensuring that our personal security matches or exceeds the threat level.

With the right setup, mindset, and network we can continue to live & thrive in beautiful Tunisia.  This is true for both tourists & expats.

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Tunisia Crime & Safety 2014

Greetings Expats, 

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (O.S.A.C.) was “created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.”

Each year OSAC publishes a Crime & Safety Report covering a variety of security & safety topics.  I find the report very helpful especially for newly arrived expats.   

Below is a brief presentation highlighting the key aspects of the report.  I hope you find the information helpful and let’s continue to share practical security information.

TS Update-(Back on Post)

I was feeling really good coming back to Tunis.  After visiting family and friends in the Dominican Republic I was looking forward to returning home and eager to get back to what I do best.  During my time away, I still managed to keep up with things in Tunis and for the most part it seemed to be going smoothly.  My optimism was high as my family and I waited to go through customs when suddenly an intense argument broke out among the Tunisian customs police.

Carthage International Airport

It all started with a uniformed police officer shouting at what appeared to be a colleague of his and then it was pure madness.  Children started crying and there was a sense of panic in the air, but luckily supervisors stepped up and the fiasco was moved to a private office.

“Welcome Back…” I thought to myself.

Summer Summary

Since our last posting on June 22, 2012, no major security updates have been issued.  The Canadian Embassy did well by reminding their citizens to “use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset” during Ramadan which should conclude on the 18th or 19th of August.

Here are a few informative articles for Expats who have been wisely enjoying their time off and not following the news:

Article:  Arab Spring falters, but Tunisian democracy thrives
Source:  The Miami Herald by NOAH FELDMAN
Key Quote:  “Tunisia is not all the way there, but having visited the country this month, I found it hard to escape the conclusion that this is what a democratic revolution is supposed to look like.”

Article:  Tunisia:  Constituent Assembly divided over political system
Source:  ANSA med
Key Quote:  “The stake is high as the outcome of the current debate will define the roles of parliament, the prime minister and the president in post-regime Tunisia.

Article:  Fasting Month of Ramadan in Tunisia, Ramadan Summer 2012
Source:  TunisPro
Key Quote:  “In Ramadan it is to be expected that shops, restaurants, banks, etc., either are completely closed or open just for a few hours per day, either in the morning or at night.

Expat Collaboration

Looking forward to collaborating with the wider Expat community on security issues as we get ready for a new school year & the Spring 2013 election cycle.

Let’s keep the useful information flowing…glad to be back on post.