Tunisia

Tunisia

Welcome to Tunisia

This slim country in North Africa packs a big punch when it comes to natural beauty, diverse history and vibrant culture. Take a straight-up sun- and fun-filled holiday on the Mediterranean coast, feasting on fresh seafood.

Discover magnificent Roman monuments, including El Djem’s massive amphitheater and Mactar’s Arch of Trajan. Marvel at vividly colored mosaics, among the finest ever found in the world (the finest can be found at the Bardo Museum in Tunis).

Get lost in the narrow lanes and alleyways of medieval souqs, where you can shop for colorful pottery, woodwork, silverware and leather goods. Camp under the stars in the Saraha, the same landscapes used in The English Patient and Star Wars. Hike in the mountain oases of Chebika and Tamerza, in a Garden of Eden-esque setting in an otherwise arid landscape.

And bliss out in thalassotherapy spas, popular throughout the country for their marine therapy benefits. Unlock the secrets of glorious, exotic Tunisia.

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Unique Facts

  • Centered around its ancient medina (old city), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tunis is the country’s capital and largest city. The medina contains nearly 700 monuments, palaces, mosques, mausoleums and fountains from the Almohad and Hafsid periods.
  • If you want a chance at seeing pink flamingos and storks in the wild, visit Ichkeul National Park in northern Tunisia. Hundreds of thousands of migrating birds stop over here annually.
  • Move over Colosseum – the amphitheater of El Jem in El Djem dates back to 238 AD and is one of the biggest in the world. It is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world.
  • In Matmata in southern Tunisian, some of the aboriginal Berber-speaking people still live in traditional underground homes.
  • Tunisian passed a progressive law to allow women to pass their nationality and their name on to their children, making it one of the most liberal countries in the Maghred region.

Language

Tunisia’s official language is Arabic.

When To Go

The best time to go to Tunisia is either spring (March through June) or fall (September and October). December through March is a good time to visit the Saraha. July and August are high season at the beach resorts.

Airports

Tunis–Carthage Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry for six months beyond arrival date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None for stays of 90 days or less

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Tunisia: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types C and E. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Dinar

Getting Around

Driving in Tunisia can be dangerous. Avoid driving after dark outside Tunis or major resort areas or on country roads. Faster drivers tend to drive on the left while slower drivers stay to the right. Traffic lane markings are widely ignored. Cars that wish to pass often signal with their headlights. Comply with inspection stops.

Use caution when using public transportation, due to safety and security concerns.

Desert travel presents its own set of challenges. Many roads are not paved and even well-traveled route can experience hazardous blowing sand. Many areas in the southern desert regions have little or no cellular service.

Driver’s License

Valid driver’s license from country of origin and international driving permit.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Tunis
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone: +(216) 71-107-000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the duty officer
Fax: +(216) 71964-360
tunisacs@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

National Office of Tourism
1, Avenue Mohamed V – Tunis
Tél: 71 341 077
Fax: 71 341 145

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Ambulance: 190
Police: 197
Fire: 198

Safety and Security

Avoid large crowds and demonstrations, as even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful have the potential to become unpredictable.

Remain vigilant of your surroundings and take care to secure valuables. Theft, pickpocketing and scams are common. Muggins have occurred during daylight hours in upscale neighborhoods. Criminals have targeted tourists and business travelers for theft, pick pocketing, and scams.

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