Every year vacationers from all over the world enjoy the summer weather and the beautiful beaches of Tunisia. Many holidaymakers ask themselves the question in advance:
What are the entry requirements for Tunisia?
The country’s entry requirements allow you a visa-free stay of up to three months. As a rule, you cross the border with a valid passport and receive a migration card. Package holidaymakers can also use their ID card to arrive on arrival by plane, according to the hotel voucher and return flight ticket.
The entry requirements of Tunisia are very simple for vacationers. So you can stay in the country for up to three months without a visa, enjoy the Arab culture and relax on the Mediterranean beaches. In any case, you should pay attention to the vaccination recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and the customs regulations for entry into Tunisia.
What needs to be considered when entering Tunisia?
Tunisia you can use the travel pass, even the preliminary drive. Package holidaymakers also have the option of only crossing the border with an identity card.
The condition for this is that you can arrive by plane, present a return ticket and a hotel voucher. Children should have their own travel document. All documents must be valid for at least six months after crossing the border.
As a vacationer you will visit Tunisia without a visa, the entry requirements allow you to stay in the country for three months as a tourist. On arrival, you will receive a migration card, the so-called “Non-resident visitor card”, which you must keep until you leave the country and hand it in at the border post.
This proves that you have not exceeded the permitted length of stay. For each additional week, 20 Tunisian dinars are ordered as a penalty. This corresponds to around € 7 and is paid in tokens before leaving the country. In an emergency, travellers can apply for a visa from the police in exceptional cases, which can be valid for a further three months.
Based on the whole year, you can stay in Tunisia for up to 180 days without a visa. For example, if you come to the country on business, work or want to start a voluntary service, Dual nationals should always identify with their Tunisian passport or ID.
Even if only German citizenship has been accepted and the Tunisian document has been given, membership in Tunisia does not officially expire. Accordingly, you will be treated like Tunisian citizens upon entry and residence.
Entry with children and pets to Tunisia
When crossing the border with children, they must have their own document. If the minor enters the country alone, it is a certified permit required. Exceptions are youth travel groups with appropriate care.
For children of Tunisian descent, official authorization is often required from the Tunisian parent if the parent does not travel with them. This is particularly necessary when leaving the country. The document, “authorization parental”, must be certified by the governorate of Tunisia or the Tunisian embassy and translated into Arabic or French.
The authorities are already listening to Tunisian surnames and can request written consent from a suspected Tunisian parent before they can leave the country. If you plan your North African vacation with the dog or cat despite the high temperatures, you must have a health certificate of the official veterinarian, who is at most six weeks old. Furthermore, vaccinations against distemper (in the case of a dog) and rabies are mandatory – both noted in the internationally valid vaccination certificate.
The rabies vaccination must have been given within the last six months and at the latest 30 days before your vacation. It should also be noted that breeds that are among the hunting dogs are generally subject to an import ban.
What needs to be considered when travelling by car in Tunisia?
In order to visit the country with your own vehicle, you have to observe some entry requirements of Tunisia. Usually, you arrive by ferry or reach the state via Libya. On arrival, you will receive a traffic permit that is valid for a total of three months.
The prerequisite is that you present the vehicle documents and a driver’s license. The vehicle data is registered in the holder’s passport to prevent a possible sale on site. The entry is cancelled again when exported.
If you lose your papers in Tunisia or are involved in an accident, you must report this immediately to the responsible authorities. If the car is towed due to improper parking, it is necessary to release it for about 30 Tunisian dinars at the “Pound” authority.
What can I import and export to Tunisia?
The import and export regulations for foreign exchange are comparatively strict, Tunisia’s entry requirements stipulate that dinar amounts must remain in the country and must not be brought across the border from abroad.
In exceptional cases, the money can be officially declared at customs. Up to a maximum of 30,000 Tunisian dinars, imports are possible if there is permanent residence in Tunisia. A subsequent export is only possible after a prior declaration on arrival.
You should keep the relevant statement for the entire duration of your stay, otherwise, the funds can be confiscated. Adults are allowed to import up to 200 cigarettes into Tunisia. Alternatively, 500g tobacco can be brought. As a rule, the controls are carried out by customs regarding luxury goods rather liberal.
This also applies to alcohol, which may be carried up to 1 litre with a content of 25% by volume. With lower-percentage alcoholics, the limit is 2l. Eau de toilette is allowed up to 1l and perfume up to 250ml. When leaving the country, you should definitely observe EU customs regulations. The travel allowance amounts to 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos.
Alternatively, 250g smoking tobacco or 50 cigars are allowed. You can take alcohol up to 1l above 22% by volume and 2l with lower content. The EU also allows 4l of non-sparkling wines and 16l of beer. This permit is only valid for people over the age of 17. The export of endangered animal species, e.g. products from sea turtles and chameleons, is completely prohibited.
The same applies to works of art, antiques and archaeological cultural assets. electronic items as part of personal possession no problem. You are allowed to carry a laptop, a camera and numerous small devices with you. GPS devices must always be registered. Larger LCD monitors are subject to customs duties and must be declared.
The value limit for gifts is € 20, but it is no problem to spend the souvenirs as personal items. In any case, it makes sense to be able to present a purchase receipt.
What is strictly prohibited when importing to Tunisia?
Drug and drug offences are severely punished. Even in the case of smaller quantities, prison sentences of one year or more and large sums of money are at risk. Contraband and trafficking are often punished at the age of ten in prison.
If you need psychoactive medication, you should, therefore, carry a medical certificate in Arabic or French with you and have it officially certified. The required amount of the respective medicinal product must also be entered. Weapons, especially firearms and dangerous knives, are completely prohibited.
The border authorities are listening to pornographic material, according to the Muslim concept, this includes immoral and obscene representations, especially of women. Too much nudity on the cover of magazines can already cause problems when entering the country.
In suspicious cases, video files on laptops are also checked. If you want to avoid discussions on this topic, you should check before you travel that no works you bring can be classified as obscene.
Medical advice for your trip to Tunisia
The entry requirements of Tunisia do not provide any mandatory vaccinations for travellers from Germany. Proof of immunization against yellow fever is only required on arrival from danger areas.
The Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Koch Institute also recommend refreshing all standard vaccinations, including tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza. Protection against hepatitis A is also advisable. Anyone travelling in rural areas or staying in Tunisia for more than three months should also protect themselves against hepatitis B and rabies.
The latter is especially necessary for the face of numerous free-range dogs. However, the first immunization does not replace a second vaccination after a suspicious animal bite. The syringe must be given within a few days, for which you should go to one of the hospitals in major cities.
You will find the best conditions for this in Tunis. The diarrhoea you can avoid by consistent food and drinking water hygiene. Drink water only from tightly closed bottles that you bought in the store. In an emergency, you should at least boil tap water – the same applies to wash dishes and brushing teeth.
In principle, food should be boiled, peeled or disinfected. Keep flies away from food. Frequent hand washing or disinfection minimizes the risk of infection. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks are almost irrelevant. Infections with leishmaniasis, West Nile fever or phlebotomies occur very rarely. Malaria is not a danger.
Nevertheless, it makes sense to take insect repellents and mosquito nets with you. Long, bright clothing effectively prevents mosquito bites. In Gafsa and Chott el Djerid you should refrain from swimming in freshwater lakes – in the past, there was infection with schistosomiasis.
If you go on desert trips or go hiking in nature, you should pay attention to snakes and scorpions. The basic rule is that duvets, clothing and shoes must be shaken out thoroughly before use.
How is medical care on-site?
Medical care at the European level is only guaranteed in Tunis. Here you will find, among other things, doctors trained abroad with English – some even with German skills. French is widespread and the best working communication language for many vacationers, such as medical professionals.
The large private clinics in Tunis offer you, Hannibal, Les Berges du Lac and Soukra are first-class treatments for which they are known throughout the Maghreb. Without travel health insurance, however, the costs here can be very high.
It is therefore strongly advisable to conclude a policy in advance, which includes basic care and a return. Treatment in the less well-equipped state hospitals is cheaper and, in an emergency, even free of charge, since there is a social security agreement with Germany. However, prepayment is often insisted on.
Outside of Tunis and especially in the south, medical care is rather poor. If you are seriously ill, you should definitely take yourself to Tunis or Germany and take out insurance in this case. An extensively equipped Travel pharmacy is recommended for individual trips. Package travellers can count on first-class hotel doctors and various clinics in tourist bathing centres such as Monastir, Hammamet and Djerba. Before you leave, it’s best to consult a tropical doctor.