Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis – February 26, 2023 – Anti-Foreigner Rhetoric and Actions

Location: Tunisia

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia has observed an increase in anti-foreigner rhetoric on social media and an increase in actions targeting, in particular, those of perceived sub-Saharan African descent. We urge all U.S. citizens to carry valid identification showing legal status when travelling throughout Tunisia, and to be aware of their own personal security in general.

U.S. citizens in Tunisia are encouraged to review the Department of State Travel Advisory for Tunisia, which recommends that U.S. citizens avoid demonstrations and crowds, monitor local media for breaking events, and be prepared to adjust travel plans.

U.S. citizens traveling to and in Tunisia are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency.   

Actions to take: 

· Exercise vigilance.

· Monitor local media.

· Be aware of your surroundings · Keep a low profile.

· Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.  · Review your personal security plans.  · Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  · Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.


The U.S. Embassy is located in Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis, Tel: +216 71 107 000, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Email:

The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +216 71 107 000.  For American Citizens Services at the Department of State, call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or +1-202-501-4444 from other countries, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Department of State – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Tunisia Travel Advisory Tunisia Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook