Tens of thousands of Algerian tourists who chose mid-August which coincides with the end of Eid al-Adha to go for the summer vacation in Tunisian tourist vehicles.
The second and third days of Eid al-Adha, the eight northeastern border posts, in the provinces of Tebessa and Souk Ahras, especially Taref, recorded a large number of Algerian tourists who flock to Tunisia instead of Algerian cities.
A source from Oum Taboul border checkpoint in Taref province said that the center witnessed the largest numbers of Algerian tourists since the beginning of summer season, despite the system of car queues that make the flow of tourists smooth and can not prefer travelers or tourists over another, as it was admitted by those who arrived at the border checkpoint of Oum Taboul.
The same source told “Echorouk” that the arrival in Tunisia has decreased significantly, since last Friday before Eid al-Adha, and continued until the first day of Eid al-Adha, but thousands of Algerian citizens arrived on Monday, just as they did last season, and they are all families especially from Algiers, Tizi-Ouzou, Blida, and Medea.
Since the second day of Eid al Adha, the checkpoint noticed 24 hours of continuous movement in an atmosphere of calm and order. Passengers did not leave their cars and the driver provides passports as he moves his car in front of police and customs checkpoints before entering the border area on the Tunisian territories, where his payment of the exit visa, which is 500 DZD, the currency notes or a bank document proving his possession of foreign currency, is legally monitored in the Algerian side, while the Tunisian side controls the car insurance international document.
Tunisian tourist hotels in this period, ie during the second half of August, do not offer any discounts, however they are chosen by the majority of Algerians who go in particular to the cities of Hammamet and Sousse and, to a lesser extent, to the city of Tabarka, adjacent to the city of El Kala (eastern Algeria).
On the other hand, Tunisians continue to flock to the Algerian border posts on a journey from various markets in the east of the country, especially El Eulma, Setif, and the markets of the municipalities of Oum el Bouaghi, and the commercial centers of Constantine, in preparation for school entry, where they are very interested in buying school supplies and children’s clothes, while the price of the Tunisian dinar in El-Tarif and the city of Tebessa reaches the limit of DZD 6000 per 100 Tunisian dinars.