What not to do in Tunisia
Nothing should overshadow the rest on the sandy beaches of Tunisia. In this article, let's talk about what you should not do to protect yourself from trouble on vacation.
Do not be careless when crossing the road
Tunisian drivers are not very fond of observing the rules of the road, and this movement is not organized in the same way as residents of Russian cities are used to. For example, there are no traffic lights in Tunisia, except for the central streets of the capital.
Transitions "zebra" are present, but drivers pay little attention to them, "lying policemen" do not. Police monitor traffic only in stationary posts (in the photo on the right, click on the photo to enlarge).
In Tunisia, there are few cars - 125 per thousand inhabitants, in Russia - 293 per thousand inhabitants. Hence, the authorities draw conclusions that serious measures for the safe organization of the movement are simply not necessary for the country.
According to statistics, in Tunisia on the road, 155 people die per 100,000 cars. In Russia, this figure is 54 people per 100 thousand cars. Hence the conclusions - the chances of getting under the wheels in Tunisia are 3 times higher than in Russia.
For tourists in some resorts the situation is especially dangerous, for example, in Yasmine Hammamet beach and the hotels are divided by the road.
Be vigilant on the road, especially watch the children carefully.
You can not drink tap water
In Tunisia, tap water is not considered to be drinking water. In many cases this is not full-fledged fresh water, but desalinated sea water. For example, on the island of Djerba, a deficit of fresh water is a big problem, even swimming pools in hotels here prefer to be filled with sea water.
Tunisia does not guarantee the safe chemical composition of water and the absence of harmful microorganisms in it. Do not drink tap water, do not risk in vain.
You can not be careless with the sun
Tunisia is a southern and hot country, and the sun is active and insidious. In the early days it is better to limit your exposure to direct sunlight. And always use sunscreen - for adults SPF 20 or higher, for children SPF 30 or higher.
Remember that sunburns are not covered by medical insurance , you will treat them at your own expense.
Accurately, if you take food to your room
It's strictly forbidden to take food from the restaurant in all All Inclusive hotels, but the bans rarely stop our tourists, which often "goes sideways." In a hot climate, food quickly deteriorates, and you can seriously poison yourself.
Remember the "6 o'clock rule". If the food was cooked more than 6 hours ago, then throw it away without thinking! Do not risk in vain, the buffet is still.
Do not underestimate allergy
In Tunisia tourists are waited not only by the sea and sights, but also set of colors and food ingredients which earlier it was not necessary to collide or face. Conclusion: take with you to Tunisia a cure for allergies.
Be attentive in the restaurant, we recommend at first to try any dish in small quantities, and only then put it on the plate "in full".
And especially careful to be with the temporary tattoos that make henna. There were cases when it was this mixture that tourists had an allergy, it is better not to imagine the consequences.
It is not necessary to do something active in a drunken state
Any trauma or exacerbation of illnesses is not an insurance event if occurred in a state of intoxication.
In addition, Tunisia is an Islamic country, although here they produce their local alcohol , for example, Celtia beer, which can be seen in the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge.
And although there is no punishment for drinking, but the responsibility for being in a public place in a state of intoxication is much higher. If in Russia it is easy to get rid of a fine of 500 rubles (COAP of the Russian Federation st.20.20), then in Tunisia for insulting public morality you can go to jail for a term of 6 months to 5 years or a fine of 120 to 1200 Tunisian dinars .
Of course, only in extreme cases tourists are imprisoned, but there are theoretical chances of such a thing, and fines are unpleasant to pay.
Do not buy souvenirs in the first days of rest
Tunisian traders masterfully calculate the newly arrived tourists, for them this is a priority goal. Our advice - beware of traders in the early days and do not buy anything until you get oriented in prices.
And read our articles: " What to bring from Tunisia ", " How to buy in Tunisia " and " Supermarkets Carrefour ".
Do not lose documents about currency exchange
In Tunisia, it's easy to change dollars or euros for Tunisian dinars , but reverse exchange is much more difficult. This is possible only in the airport exchangers and only if there is a check for the exchange. In the photo on the right you can see such a document, click on the photo to enlarge.
Do not lose your checks! And better not change the currency more than you need for shopping in stores.
Do not think that the whole of Tunisia is safe
Some tourists like to rent a car and travel around the country on their own. It is fast, convenient and gives you complete freedom of action. But about Tunisia, you need to remember that in the east the country borders with Libya, and not all parts of the country are safe for tourists.
The Russian Foreign Ministry does not give any recommendations on this matter, so let us turn to the recommendations of the Foreign Ministry of Great Britain. Tourists are not recommended to visit:
- Chaambi Mountain National Park;
- Border posts on the Tunisian-Algerian border: Hazoua, Sakeit Sidi Yusuf and Ghardimaou;
- Military zone south of the cities of Dehib and El Borma;
- In general, you should not approach the border with Libya. And the border provinces themselves are not recommended to visit.
Do not smoke local cigarettes
On this subject, a lot of discussions on the Internet are tourists from Europe. Most cigarettes in Tunisia are smuggling and counterfeiting from Algeria and Libya. Where do these cigarettes? Of what? How? What is mixed? No one has answers to these questions. And the main question: are they safe? Nobody knows this.
Some Tunisian brands are considered safe, for example, MARS or CRISTAL (pictured left). But even in the case of their purchase, no one will give guarantees against forgery.
Therefore, do not take risks, do not smoke local cigarettes, take with you or buy in DutyFree. On the norms of tobacco import read in our review " What is allowed to import into Tunisia and how much ."
Have a nice holiday at Tunisian resorts, and read our helpful articles about this country ( links below ).
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