Djerba

Djerba is a unique paradise with white sandy beaches and whitewashed domed houses.

SAFETY INDEX

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Generally speaking, the state of criminality in Djerba is low. Violent crime is rare. Common threats are pickpocketing and bag snatching. A terrorist threat in the region is high, however, in particular, Djerbi is safe.  However, don’t be paranoid – the chances of running into trouble are rare. In order to make your holiday safe, we compiled information concerning possible risks in Djerba’s neighborhoods.  

Neighbourhoods & Landmarks Guide

  Houmit Souk                     It is the biggest city in the tourist Djerba’s paradise. Museums, colorful market near Place de Algerie and fantastically beautiful port are among the most attracting sites to visit. Do not miss an ancient village calling Guellala, where pottery has been made since the times of Romans. Ras Rmel An ideal place to enjoy the virginity of nature and wide presence of Flamingo. This peninsula is also called the Flamingo or Pirates Island.  The area is safe both day and night.  Djerbahood Confusing, but fantastic street art project. Unfortunately, it is located in the middle of a slightly dodgy town of Hara Sghira Er Riadh, where around appears to be the local trash dump. There are plenty of art scatters throughout the town, finding them is like going on a scavenger hunt! The area is safe, however, might seem dangerous, although it’s advised to explorer the area in groups. Borj Djillidj Located on the north side of the island, it is the most romantic place in the whole country for observing sunsets. Serene and quiet place to inspire, that are absolutely safe for tourists and locals.  

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Djerba island is the safest area in the country. Tourism is the primary source of income for not only the governmental budget but private as well. So, the tourists’ security is number 1 priority.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common. Transportation hubs, markets, the coastal area, beaches, public transport are among of the top pickpocket’s destinations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Risk of kidnapping is low in the area, but high within 50 km along the Libya border.  Mugging is very rare, though there are many cases reported.  

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Unfair individuals or group of them desire to take an advantage of distracted tourists. Touts of souvenirs shops might be aggressive, so refuse politely from a purchase. Take as a general rule in Tunisia to ask the price in advance, overpriced food, beverages are common. Be careful of Henna artists in market areas. Henna might provoke an allergy in 2-3 weeks, so don’t believe, that their henna is safe.  

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taking public buses or minibuses (“louage”) is strongly unrecommended. Bus drivers often drive at excessive speeds, have poor safety records, and do not properly maintain vehicles. Buses are usually overcrowded, and women have been harassed. Do not use a taxi that will not use the meter or claims “the meter is not working,” as these drivers will over charge unsuspecting passengers. The streetcar system, known as “Metro,” consists of five lines between downtown Tunis and nearby suburbs. Petty crime (pickpocketing, purse/phone/jewelry snatching, sexual harassment of women) is common on the Metro. Americans on official business are not authorized to use the Metro.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Even well-traveled routes are subject to blowing sands that can create hazards. Travel in the desert areas of southern Tunisia presents additional challenges. Persons driving off the major paved roads are encouraged to ensure that their vehicles are appropriate for off-road driving conditions and are equipped with appropriate spares/supplies (water, food). Groups should generally travel in multiple vehicles. Desert regions are subject to extreme temperatures, from sub-freezing evenings in the winter to dangerously hot days in the summer. In addition, many areas in the southern desert regions have little or no cellular telephone service.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

The possibility of terrorist attacks in Tunisia has a moderate probability, however, you should watch out for suspicious activity. Terrorism is a threat throughout the world.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Sexual assaults do occur occasionally. The risks of being harassed are high in all types of public transport.

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Useful Information

All European union, American, Canadian citizens have a visa free entry.
Take out Tunisian currency of the country is prohibited. Tunisian dinar is the official currency. Although, the currency exchange rate is stable to dollar, the best exchange rate might be found at the airport. It worth to take into the account, that Tunisia is primarily a cash society.
The climate in Tunisia is Mediterranean with mild, rainy winter and very hot summers. Inland areas have a semi-desert, or desert area.
The busiest airport of Cambodia is “Tunis-Carthage International Airport”. For more information about the airport, you can find on its official website - http://www.oaca.nat.tn/index.php?id=673
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues, but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.