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Some traveller guide books lists pages up and pages down on health and safety risks in Tunisia. This may cause anxiety, and perhaps even detain many from visiting Tunisia (which is a Muslim country in a time when many people feel uncertain about Muslims).
In summary this is the case with Tunisia: You may get sick in Tunisia as you may do back home, you may get stolen from in Tunisia as you may back home. But with normal caution, this is a safe country.
There is no specific threat of diseases in Tunisia, but if you have a sensitive stomach you may very well get diarrhea if you stay for a couple of weeks. The main threat is actually heat stroke and dehydration. A hat, plenty of water (start with half a litre in the morning) and salt will do.
Even if Tunisia is in Africa, it has far less of HIV than Africa south of Sahara, Europe and the Americas. Yet, anyone getting sexually involved with a Tunisian should consider if this person may have a long sexual career. Condoms are therefore just as valuable here as anywhere else.
A good health insurance is important. Should you be hospitalized, getting into a private hospital or being sent back home is far better than ending up in a state hospital.
Tunisian pharmacies are all around and well-stocked. The people working there seems to me as at least as knowledgeable as their Western colleagues. I have always gotten the right medicine.

By Tore Kjeilen