Nordic countries lift travel restrictions against Tunisia

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Denmark, Iceland and Norway on Wednesday lifted travel restrictions against Tunisia, according to the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sweden and Finland took similar decisions six months ago.

Several European countries imposed travel bans on the North African country following the terror attacks first in March 2015 on Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis and then on one of the beaches in the eastern coastal province of Sousse in June the same year. Those attacks have killed altogether 62 people, most of whom were tourists.

Tunisia has repeatedly called for lifting of such restrictions, citing the improved security situation in the country, according to the Tunis Afrique Presse news agency.

Analysts believe that the eased restrictions will boost the tourism industry of Tunisia, which contributes to 8 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

According to the Tunisian National Tourist Office, the country has seen 2,207,000 foreign tourists arriving on its shores in the first half of 2017, up about 30 percent compared to the same period last year.

Among those tourists 433,000 are from Europe, an increase of 23 percent year on year that shows a gradual return of European visitors.

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