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Old 21 Mar 2008
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Boycott Tunisian guide

For those who can read french, there are some discussions on these forums about the new rules to access south tunisia:
Forum général - Tunisie, réactions?
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Tunisian authorities want all experimented overlander groups to take a guide to access the sandy part of tunisia.
The price for a guide with its car is 150 Euros per days.

The discussion is not easy because of the political context.
What is you feeling in boycotting guide ?
tunisian hotels ? the whole Tunisia ?

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So nobody has a point of view on these new regulations rules ?

Any body going to Tunisia soon ?

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So nobody has a point of view on these new regulations rules ?
Errrr.... yes, but ... no, but ...

Actually, considering the numbers, I think we in the UK will benefit more from exchanging up-to-date information and leave complaining to others.
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I'm back from Tunisia.

No autorisation to far south is given since begining of april.
You can only go to "small" desert.
So we decided to go to Tembaïne and Er Reched.

Some pictures at Picasa Web Albums - SebM - 08-04 Tunisie

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I've just returned from Tunisia, flew in this time.
Having been told the following about the Austrians that to my knowledge are still in captivity, I can understand why they are a bit touchy on the subject about the south.

I was told, by a local friend of mine in Douz, that the above were turned back by the authorities twice, they even double-backed to a town in order to take a less well observed route. I was also told that at one point they phoned a friend because they were lost, and at this point, based on the gps reading, they were about 80km inside Algeria, the area from which they disappered. I don't know how much of this is based on fact but I was talking to this friend, of 3 years, and he offered the info, I had not even mentioned it to him.

If though, this is how it happened, one would assume that the Tunisian authorities are rather embarrased and trying hard not to let it happen again.

I'm not trying to provoke a dispute, just suggesting why permits are difficult without a guide.
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