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Travel Information

General Information about Tunisia

Tunisia is a progressive Muslim North African country. It has several influences from Europe, due to the large and important industry of Tourism. Tunisians are eager to please, and are known for being very kind and welcoming. The majority of the population will speak some level of French. It is very useful if you learn a few french phrases before arriving. A much smaller percentage can speak English.

Tunisia is easy to navigate, whether you are renting a car, or taking a bus or train. Tunisians are always glad to help travelers out with timetables and directions.


How to reach Tunisia

Tunisia has 9 international airports. The major airports are:


How to travel from airport Tunis to the venue


Vaccinations & Health

  • No vaccinations are necessary to enter Tunisia. Please consult your doctor for up to date information.
  • Bottled water is highly recommended over tap water due to its high-level of minerals.



The National currency of Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar.

It is a fixed and partially-convertible currency, prohibited from being imported and exported. This means that you must wait to exchange until arrival in Tunisia.

You may convert your money at the airport– there are several kiosks open. Any extra dinars you may have when leaving Tunisia must be exchanged, and you must have your original receipt of exchange.

The Dinar is broken down into 1,000 “millimes” or thousandths.

One US Dollar is equivalent to about 1,6 TND <BCT web site>. A 1.5 liter bottle of water can be purchased for 0,500

It is reasonable to purchase items in souks, hotels, and certains stores with foreign currency (Pounds, Dollars, Euros), however at a substantial amount (over 100TND).

Credit cards are accepted in the majority of the hotels of a certain standing, the large restaurants like in almost all the stores for tourists. In all the important cities, one will find slot-machines allowing to carry out withdrawals, with the Visa cards and Mastercard.


Tourism Offices

In each major city (Tunis, Sfax, Sousse, Monastir, Nabeul, Hammamet, Tozeur, etc), you will find the National Tunisia Tourism Office (ONTT) branch office. These offices are open during regular working hours, as well as Saturdays and Sundays. They can help you with any information you need, excluding tour and excursion information.


Emergency Info

  • Police: 197
  • Ambulance: 190
  • Fire Department: 198
  • Medical List in Tunisia <link>.


Where & What to Buy

What to Buy:

Tunisia's artisan work is exquisite and full of quality. Of the items you can find in Tunisia, here are some of the most popular:

    Carpets (berber style and arab style)
    Ceramics and pottery
    Bird Cages
    Olive woodwork
    Leather (shoes, wallets, belts, etc)

Where to Buy:

    Gabès: Henna
    Guellala, Djerba: Pottery
    Kairouan: Carpets and Makrouds (a sweet delicacy covered with honey and filled with dates)
    Tabarka: Coral
    Nabeul: Pottery and Orange flowers
    Tozeur: Dates and Palm-tree straw hats and bags

In each city there is a SOCOPA store that is managed by the ONAT (National Office of Tunisian Artisanwork) and has fixed labeled prices on all products.

Many of the goods can also be found in the souks, medinas, and center-towns across Tunisia.



220 V and 50 Hz

Electrical plugs type C and E (same round plugs like in Western Europe.)

Make sure to bring a converter for your hair-dryer and other powerful electronics..


Climate & Weather

Tunisia's Mediterranean climate means that it is a beautiful land of constant sunshine and warm waters, with gentle sea breezes. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are wetter, and the inland regions tend to experience higher temperatures in summer and more rain in winter, with the cooler season falling between October and May. July and August are the height of summer and so a more comfortable time for travelling to Tunisia is in the cooler months, where temperatures range between 54°F and 82°F (12°C and 28°C). The capital city, Tunis, experiences an average temperature range of 43°F to 57°F (6°C to 14°C) in January, to between 70°F and 91°F (21°C and 33°C) in August. March to May (spring) brings a gorgeous display of wild flowers spread throughout the countryside.

For more information about the weather conditions in Tunisia, visit <meteo.tn> or <weather.com>


Time Zone

Tunisia is at UTC/GMT +1. Check time and date.com for further information about time zones.



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