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Tunisia

Capital
Tunis
Time Zone
GMT + 1
Telephone Services
Country Code: 216 Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Not present
Tourist Information
Tunisian National Tourist Office, 77a Wigmore Street, London, W1H 9LJ Tel: (020) 7224 5561 Fax: (020) 7224 4053
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa Information
Visa required by all except nationals of Australia, Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Gilbert Islands, Guernsey, Guinea Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Kiribati, South Korea, Kuwait, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Former Yugoslavia, Republic of Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montserrat, Morocco, Niger, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Romania, St Helena, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria: Not present.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required for visitors over one year of age travelling from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Rabies.
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
Tunisian Dinar (TD) = 1000 millimes
Exchange: All banks and most 3 star and above hotels. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
All major credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques are accepted in major international currencies.
ATM availability: Over 35 locations.
Cost of Living
Tourists can expect to pay more then locals but bargains can be found at the Souks. Traditionally Tunisia has been considered inexpensive, but large hotels are now comparable with Southern Mediterranean prices.
Languages
Arabic, English and French are widely spoken.
Weather
Warm climate throughout the year with higher temperatures inland which can be very hot. Winter has the highest rainfall.
Electricity
220 Volts AC 50Hz. Plugs: 2 pin continental.
Post
3-5 days airmail to Europe. Poste Restante operates in the main cities.
Transport
FLIGHTS: Regular daily domestic flights operate. ROAD: Extensive road network. The Garde Nationale will assist breakdowns free of charge. It is forbidden to drive in the Sahara without first contacting the Garde Nationale. DOCUMENTATION: log books, valid national driving licence and green cards are required. RAIL: Regular trains operate between Tunis and the major cities. Tickets must be purchased before the journey or double far will be charged.
Special Information
Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers should exercise extreme
caution and make only necessary journeys to this country. If you intend to travel depite this advice you should be aware that dress can be informal but Islam conventions must be respected when visiting religious monuments. PHOTOGRAPHY: Do not take photos of military installations.
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